North East hit by deluge of rain – but weekend will be brighter

Pedestrians shelter under umbrellas as the rain arrives.
Pedestrians shelter under umbrellas as the rain arrives.

Workers faced a grim trudge to work this morning and families have had their plans rained on as Britain was hit with a deluge of rain.

More than a month’s rain fell in a few hours as the great British summer became a washout.

Parts of the South East saw as much as 70mm of rain in parts of the region, and other areas of the UK were hit by storms and battered by heavy showers which resulted in flooding.

Thankfully the weekend is set to bring settled weather.

The North East has escaped the more dramatic weather seen elsewhere in the country, but nevertheless is enduring a gloomy day.

The rest of the day will be cloudy and humid with outbreaks of rain, occasionally heavy and perhaps with outbursts of thunder.

The rain will become lighter and more intermittent through the afternoon and evening, as fresher northwesterly winds develop.

Tonight we’re expected to see the rain dying out, with the cloud breaking after midnight and clear spells developing with winds decreasing.

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “The main trend through today is for the rain to gradually push its way eastwards with brighter fresher conditions starting to move in from the west and that sort of sets the scene really for the weekend.

“A much quieter spell of weather – a lot of dry bright weather around this weekend. A few showers, mainly towards the north and west, but a lot of dry weather this weekend. Certainly a fresher feel to the weather compared to the last couple of days,” the forecaster said.

Weather warnings for the South

A weather warning was issued for parts of the country after torrential downpours and thunderstorms increased the likelihood of flooding.

The Met Office upgraded its yellow warning to amber for the east and south east of England after more than a month’s rain fell in just nine hours. That warning has expired.

On average, 51.6mm of rain falls throughout the entire month of August.

According to the Met Office, Eastbourne town centre saw 60mm of rainfall between 3am and midday on Thursday, with the majority of it falling in the last two hours.

East Sussex, and in particular Brighton, appears to have been hit by the worst of the storms, with many taking to social media to post photos of calf-high water running through the street.

Between 4.05am and 12.50pm on Thursday, East Sussex Rescue Service was called to 32 reports of flooding, some including water affecting electrics.

Kent firefighters attended two properties in the Ashford area following lightning strikes, although no one was reported injured.

At one property in Great Chart, a fire was put out by crews and they also responded to flooding in New Romney, Canterbury and Tunbridge Wells.

The Airbourne airshow in Eastbourne cancelled its flying displays for the day because of the heavy rain and Eastbourne’s Arndale shopping centre had to be evacuated because of flooding, but later reopened.