Britain faces another washout tomorrow after more than a month’s worth of rain fell in one day yesterday.
Parts of Scotland woke up to sub-zero temperatures this morning, and a band of rain will sweep across the British Isles today, affecting Northern Ireland first before spreading to England and Wales tomorrow.
But temperatures will rise into the weekend, and are expected to get as high as 80F (26C) by Bank Holiday Monday, making large parts of Britain warmer than Spain’s Costa Del Sol, Majorca and Ibiza.
A reflection of sun rays on the tail of a Philippine Airlines Boeing 777 from Manila to Heathrow, over North London yesterday
Chimney pots and television aerials are silhouetted against a golden sunset in London last night after wet and windy weather
Cars drive along a flooded street near the Thames after the river burst its banks following heavy rain in London yesterday
A number of beach huts in Kent have been smashed or washed away. Many cost £1,000 to buy and £400 a year to rent
Today, Britons could wake up to a touch of frost after a soggy start to the week in which heavy rain and strong winds battered parts of the UK.
One man died after being washed into a harbour in Ramsgate, Kent, along with two others, as what the RNLI described as ‘atrocious’ weather conditions hit the south east.
Fallen trees blocked roads in Kent, East Anglia and parts of London, and rising flood water also saw some have to be plucked from their vehicles by emergency services.
In the 24 hours from 9pm on Sunday to 9pm yesterday, Lenham in Kent saw the largest amount of rainfall with 57.8mm (2.3in) recorded – more than the monthly 49mm (2in) average, the Met Office said.
What a change! The temperature is set to rise dramatically. Left shows Monday 30 April at 1pm, right shows one week later, Bank Holiday Monday at 4pm with the orange colours showing temperatures in the 70s Farenheit, up from greens in the 40s
The position of the jet stream today (left) is bringing wintry conditions to Britain, although its position will move up later in the week (right) as more settled and warmer weather arrives ahead of the bank holiday weekend
With yellow rain and wind weather warnings in place for much of yesterday across the south east, gusts of 54mph were recorded in Langdon Bay, Kent and 48mph in Donna Nook, Lincolnshire.
Meteorologist Sarah Kent said the eastwards moving band of heavy rain and strong winds looked set to have cleared the Norwich coast by early this morning.
‘It means that by the time we get to dawn (on Tuesday) it is actually going to be dry across the whole nation,’ she said.
‘(But) it will be quite chilly – temperatures in the south, even in Kew Gardens, London, they could see 3C which is low enough possibly for a touch of grass frost.’
Coastguards, RNLI lifeboats and paramedics were called to Ramsgate in Kent yesterday after three people fell into the sea
A beach hut is washed away by the menacing waves in Kent yesterday as the country faced heavy rains and strong winds
The mercury will hover between 36F (2C) and 4C (39F) for much of the UK overnight, with Aberdeen look set to see temperatures as low as 30F (-1C), Ms Kent added.
Despite the UK waking up to a dry and chilly start, Ms Kent said rain looks poised to usher in across Northern Ireland bringing ‘wet and breezy’ by lunchtime.
The band of bad weather will then start spreading into the western parts of England and Wales.
‘For most people Tuesday is going to be a dry day with sunny spells – a very welcome change for those down in the south east,’ she added, revealing temperatures are set to rise into the low and mid teens across the UK.
A view of the entrance to the harbour arm in Ramsgate, Kent, following the death of a man during the bad weather yesterday
A view of the harbour in Ramsgate, following the death of a man after he was swept off the harbour wall during bad weather
A huge wave crashes against Seaham Lighthouse in County Durham as heavy rains and powerful winds batter the country
Despite the wet start to the week, with the bank holiday approaching, Ms Kent said across the south east of the UK it ‘promises at the moment to be dry’ with ‘increasing amounts of sunshine’.
‘We could see temperatures reaching possibly the mid twenties… we could see 24C (75F) or 25C (77F) in London,’ she added.
Yesterday, in some areas a month’s worth of rain fell in 24 hours, leaving roads blocked by floods and fallen trees. Kent’s coast beach huts were battered and swept away by the waves.
Cricketers in the Essex v Hampshire fixture took to the pitch wearing woolly hats while tourists punting on the River Cam in Cambridge had to wrap up in rugs. Highs of just 5.5C (42F) in Frittenden, Kent and 8C (46F) in Norwich were recorded.
People shelter under umbrellas as they pass a view of St Paul’s Cathedral during wet weather in London yesterday
A BMW is submerged in the floodwaters of the Thames in London after heavy rain and winds battered some areas yesterday
But temperatures are set to rise by more than 15C by the bank holiday weekend. Just over a week ago Britain enjoyed a heatwave with a top temperature of 29.1C (84.3F) recorded in St James’s Park, London, on April 19, making it the hottest April day since 1949.
The change comes after a man died when he was washed off a harbour wall in Ramsgate in Kent as 60mph winds and heavy rain battered parts of Britain.
Kent Police said they were called to the scene in the Royal Harbour, Ramsgate, yesterday morning to reports of three people in the water. Though all three were recovered, one was later pronounced dead.
The other two were taken to hospital for treatment. A spokesman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: ‘It is believed that all three people were washed off the pier by a large wave.’
Beach huts in Westgate have been washed away or damaged by the powerful winds blowing waves onto the Kent coast
The dead man was believed to have been washed off the pier in Ramsgate, Kent, by a giant wave. Two of his friends were pulled from the harbour water. Last night they were recovering in hospital as police tried to contact the family of the dead man.
In separate tragedy a 95-year-old woman was left gravely injured after she was knocked to the pavement by a wall of water caused by cars driving through a puddle.
Hilda Moore of Sleaford, Lincolnshire, struck her head as he fell on Friday and was left with a brain haemorrhage. Last night her family said she had been moved to a quiet room in hospital to spend her final hours. They accused drivers of continuing to go through the puddle after Mrs Moore had fallen.
Trees crashed down on to roads in London and Kent while cars were photographed driving through two feet of water. Trains were cancelled as engineers struggled to reopen lines hit by flooding and fallen trees.
The number 137 bus is at a standstill behind a fallen tree on a road in Streatham, South London, following high winds
A tree that fell on to the wall of Pitzhanger Manor in Ealing, West London, as parts of England face strong winds
A KLM flight from Amsterdam struggles to land in strong crosswinds yesterday morning at Leeds Bradford Airport
A fallen tree at Betchworth in the Mole Valley yesterday as parts of Britain face wind gust speeds of up to 60mph
Pedestrians make their way over Westminster Bridge in London, taking cover under umbrellas yesterday morning
A woman struggles to hold onto her umbrellas as she walks over Westminster Bridge in the heavy rain yesterday morning
A motorist drives his Toyota through floodwater at Buttsbury in Billericay, Essex, yesterday as some areas were hit by rain
Social media users took to Twitter to complain about their #MondayBlues amid the wet and windy conditions in Britain
A kite surfer braves the rough seas in Tynemouth, Northumberland, as some areas of Britain battle the severe conditions
Early risers where treated to a dramatic sky on the Northumberland coast yesterday over Bamburgh Castle
A woman walks through the Tai Haku Cherry Tree Orchard at the Alnwick Garden in Alnwick, Northumberland last week
Fallen trees blocked roads in Kent, East Anglia and parts of London, and rising floodwater saw some have to be plucked from their vehicles by emergency services.
Elsewhere a family of two adults and a baby had to be rescued by Kent Fire and Rescue Service after their car became stuck in flood water in Sutton Valence.
Crews also helped two drivers from separate cars which had broken down in knee-high flood water in Dover – moving the vehicles to safety they also removed a fallen tree which was blocking the road.
Pictures posted online showed fallen trees blocking roads in London, with tree surgeons disposing of one which had crashed through a wall in Ealing, West London.
Elsewhere, a man was trapped when a tree fell on to his car in Herne Bay, Kent. Firefighters had to cut the roof off the vehicle before the man was seen by medical staff.
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These stunning photographs show how the first full moon of northern spring lit up Britain’s skies last night.
The phenomenon, known as th