Rain brings threat of flooding

Many UK holidaymakers face having their travel plans thrown into disarray after parts of the UK were put on flood alert following torrential downpours.

The Environment Agency has issued seven flood watches as the deluge moved to the north of the country, with forecasters predicting that every corner of Britain is set to be hit by heavy rain.

Holidaymakers in the South West experienced 20mm of rain over Devon and Cornwall and areas of Wales and Northern Ireland were also subjected to heavy downpours.

In central London, commuters were soaked as 5mm of rain fell over two hours.

Claire Austin, a meteorologist from the Press Association's weather division MeteoGroup, said: "There is a possibility of flooding. The reason we have got so much rain is a band moving north-east.

"Northern Ireland, the Midlands, East Anglia and London have already been hit. There will be heavy rain and, at times, thunderstorms."

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