Parts of London inundated for second time in less than a month
The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for thunderstorms and rain in England and Scotland for the next four days, which could cause more flooding and transport disruption.
After the heavy downpour on Sunday, flooding damaged properties and led to road closures.
Major incidents were declared at two east London hospitals, with 100 patients being evacuated from Whipps Cross Hospital. Meanwhile, more than 1000 flood-related calls have been made to the London Fire Brigade.
The floods came as St James’s Park recorded 41.8mm of rain on Sunday, almost as much as the capital’s average July total of 45mm.
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Flash floods hit several parts of London
Following a week of high temperatures, thunderstorms have caused flooding across the capital.
Lamiat Sabin has this initial report.
The thunderstorms followed a week of high temperatures in the capital
Met Office: Amber warning issued
The Met Office has issued an amber warning covering much of the city saying that heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms are likely to cause surface water flooding.
Flooding of homes and businesses is likely and could happen quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater and isolated lightning strikes.
The agency also warns that where flooding or lightning strikes occur, delays and some cancellations to train and bus services are likely.
Spray and sudden flooding probably leading to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
Deep standing water pictured in North London
Twitter user Paul Chan shows how quickly water built up in the torrential rain.
Scary driving conditions seen near Hampstead Heath
Stunning scenes recorded near Hampstead Heath by New York Times journalist Elizabeth Paton.
300 calls to fire brigade
London Fire Brigade has now taken in excess of 300 calls concerning the flooding.
In a post on Twitter the organisation asks people to avoid driving or walking through floodwater and to only call 999 in an emergency.
Traffic moving through deep water in Nine Elms
Pedestrians wade through floods in Hackney Wick
Pedestrians are wading through shin-deep water in Hackney Wick.
One Twitter user captured these videos.
The scene in St James’ Park
Are the London floods linked to the climate crisis?
After similar scenes in the capital on 12 July, our environment correspondent Harry Cockburn asked whether flooding in London is connected to the climate crisis.
As average global temperatures rise, the atmosphere can hold more water, worsening impacts of heavy rainfall, scientists warn.
As average global temperatures rise, the atmosphere can hold more water, worsening impacts of heavy rainfall, scientists warn
Meteorologists are always especially careful not to conflate short-term weather with long term climate, as sometimes freak weather events may have no clear link to the climate crisis.
However, over longer periods of time, extreme weather incidents can build up patterns which then provide scientists with new trends which can be at least partly attributed to the alterations in the global climate caused by human-made emissions.
Flooding has also hit parts of Belgium
Across the Channel, flooding also hit parts of Belgium this weekend washing away cars and pavements. The town of Dinant was hit by the worst flooding in decades after a two-hour thunderstorm.