Downpours soak Wimbledon fans and bring warnings of floods

Don’t mind the rain! Downpours soak Wimbledon fans and bring warnings of floods but forecasters believe a heatwave could be on the way later this month

  • Heavy showers are set to lash most of the country, especially eastern Scotland and northern England today 
  • Three flood alerts are in place across the country by the River Cut, the River Tern and the River Loddon
  • And the drizzly weather is expected to continue overnight with muggy temperatures of 59F across country 

Britain has been battered with rain and downpours that have soaked Wimbledon fans leading to warnings of floods even though forecasters believe a heatwave could be on the horizon later this month. 

Heavy showers are set to lash most of the country, especially eastern Scotland and northern England, but the 60mph gales on the Channel coasts seen a few days ago will ease. 

Three flood alerts are in place across the country by the River Cut in Berkshire, the River Tern in Shropshire and the River Loddon in Hampshire. 

And the drizzly weather is expected to continue overnight with muggy temperatures of 59F (15C) seen across most of the country.

But spirits weren’t dampened as Brits clutched umbrellas as they poured into Wimbledon in good spirits to watch day eight of the tennis tournament. 

Heavy showers are set to lash most of the country, especially eastern Scotland and northern England, but the 60mph gales on the Channel coasts seen a few days ago will ease. Pictured: A motorist struggles through flooded streets in Dunsden, Oxfordshire

But spirits weren’t dampened as Brits clutched umbrellas as they poured into Wimbledon in good spirits to watch day eight of the tennis tournament. Pictured: Fans wait in the rain after showers delayed Wimbledon play

A DFDS ferry arrives at the Port of Dover in Kent during strong winds of up to 60mph which are expected to ease off as the day goes on

Waves crash and batter the promenade in Dover, Kent, during strong winds earlier this morning  

Supporters huddled together under cover on Henman Hill to watch the excitement unfold on centre court as players battle it out for the title and £1.7million prize money.  

The mercury is set to rise by dinner time tomorrow but with it comes the risk of heavy rain and thunder in the east of England – putting a threat on pubs planning to show the Euro 2020 semi-final between England and Denmark in their gardens.  

A Met Office spokesman said: ‘As is typical for the time of year, confidence is relatively low for this period, but fine and dry weather for much of the UK is most likely for the rest of July. 

‘There is however the possibility that occasional spells of rain may impact northwestern areas, with a very low chance of thundery conditions developing at times, especially across the south. 

‘Temperatures are likely to be above average for much of this period, with an increased chance of some very warm spells occurring in the south.’  

Met Office forecaster Annie Shuttleworth said the heaviest showers are likely to settle in the north-east and south-western corners of England on Wednesday.

She added that up to 50mm of rain has been predicted for the worst-hit region of North Yorkshire.

Ms Shuttleworth said: ‘It’s quite a messy picture – there’s a lot of rain going on.

‘We are seeing generally unsettled conditions across the whole of the UK with heavy showers in the South and South East.

‘On Wednesday morning we will see clouds break out and heavy showers, many across the South East through the mid-morning onwards.

‘By early evening showers will start to die away.

‘The sunnier and drier spells will be much more likely by 8pm – though there is still a risk of rain.’ 

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has issued alerts for areas where rain could cause travel disruption for Dundee and Angus, Fife, Findhorn Nairn Moray and Speyside, and Tayside. 

Rainy and windy conditions in Dover, Kent, today saw massive waves crashing over the promenade and spraying huge amounts of water into the air soaking passersby

Spectators shelter from the rain under umbrellas as they make their way around the grounds on day eight of Wimbledon

Sania Mirza shelters from the rain under an umbrella after the wet weather interrupts her match on day eight of Wimbledon

Three flood alerts are in place across the country by the River Cut in Berkshire, the River Tern in Shropshire and the River Loddon in Hampshire

Rainy and windy conditions in Dover, Kent, today saw massive waves crashing over the promenade and spraying huge amounts of water into the air soaking passersby. 

And flooded country roads in Dunsden, Oxfordshire, have seen motorists struggling as they career through swathes of puddles.  

Tourists huddled under umbrellas on the River Cam in Cambridge today with many wrapped up in raincoats for their ride along the picturesque Backs in the university city. 

The weekend is likely to remain cloudy and even more rain is to be expected in the south of the country and will continue into next week – possibly turning into heavy downpours.  

A member of security shelters from the rain under an umbrella on day eight of Wimbledon

Supporters huddled together under cover on Henman Hill to watch the excitement unfold on centre court as players battle it out for the title and £1.7million prize money

A line judge’s umbrella was turned inside out by the wind as he and another judge battle their way through the rainfall around the grounds

A player shelters from the rain as they make their way off court after their match is stopped by the wet weather

The weekend is likely to remain cloudy and even more rain is to be expected in the south of the country and will continue into next week – possibly turning into heavy downpours. Pictured: A fallen tree blocks a road in Dover, Kent, during strong winds this morning

Two people are spotted huddling together under umbrellas while sharing a tipple and watching the tennis on Henman Hill

And even by the end of next week there is the potential for thunderstorms and yet more showers.  

However, highs peaking over 86F (30C) are expected later in the month, after a sodden summer since early June.   

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: ‘Very unseasonal weather is heading our way, with wet and windy conditions. 

‘But hold on in there, as signals improve later in the month.’ 

Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending said: ‘A major Atlantic depression will bring a rough few days

‘It may be warmer and more settled later in July, and would be very unusual not to reach 30C in summer.’

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