Flash flood warning follows recent heatwave

Most of the country has basked in soaring temperatures over the past few days, with yesterday recorded as the hottest so far this year, however flash flooding is now expected in many parts of England.

The Environment Agency and Met Office have warned of this threat as heavy showers are due to hit southern, eastern and central areas this week.

Localised flooding could be the result of this sudden downpour, although the risk to rivers is not expected to be high as water levels are considerably low at present.

Preparing for flooding is the last thing that many people anticipated after summer really took off, with Gravesend in Kent seeing temperatures increase to 32.8C.

Between 25mm and 50mm of rain could fall in some areas, leading to the heightened chances of surface water flooding.

Environment Agency teams are on stand-by as the rain moves across England.

A spokesman for the Met Office said the “sheer volume of rainfall falling in such a short space of time” could lead to the aforementioned flooding problems.

If you notice any flooding due to drainage in the street or around your home, it is always advisable to speak to a drainage contractor to find out the best way to proceed.

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