The Met Office has issued further weather warnings for the next THREE days with almost two months of rain expected to fall in some areas this week.
Heavy showers will ravage the country again today as thundery downpours move north, with Yorkshire and Lincolnshire seeing the heaviest rain.
Yellow weather warnings are in place for Exmoor, in south-west England, and a large area of the Midlands and north-east England today.
There is high possibility that businesses and homes could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings while there is expected to be major disruption to rail and bus services in some areas.
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There is also a chance of communities being cut off by floodwater and drivers facing delays on the roads.
Weather warnings are also in place for north Wales, central England and north-east England on Wednesday and Thursday.
The Met Office issued a 'danger to life' amber weather warning as a month's worth of rain fell in one day in some parts of the country.
Kent Police have urged people to avoid travelling unless absolutely necessary due to yesterday's severe flooding.
It was so bad, police were forced to close the M25 between junctions five and four after sinkholes were discovered n the central reservation of the motorway following a crash.
Pictures on social media show vehicles trapped in floodwater in London and south-east England, with some roads being completely cut off.
The Met Office has issued an amber weather alert for London and south-east England, warning that fast-flowing water could put lives at risk.
It is predicted the weather will likely cause delays for commuters and power cuts at homes and businesses this week.
Yesterday, rail lines were affected by the downpours, with Regent's Park tube station in London shut due to flooding.
A lorry also flipped onto its side in wet conditions on the M25, between junctions eight and seven, yesterday.
National Rail has warned that Southern and Thameslink trains will be heavily impacted during the morning commute today, with some services delayed or cancelled due to flooding.
North-eastern parts of England and the Midlands are expected to bear the brunt of the downpours, with a yellow warning in place until midnight.
Some areas are set to see up to 60mm of rain, particularly over the first half of the day, according to the Met Office.
Forecasters now believe some parts of the UK could be inundated with more than 100mm of rain this week.
According to the Met Office, Herstmonceux in East Sussex had had the worst of the rain by 5pm yesterday, with 30mm.
Between 50mm and 60mm was expected over four to six hours in London and south-eastern counties until about 11pm.
The average rainfall for the whole of June in the south-east is around 50mm, the Met Office said.
Today, yellow warnings are in place for Exmoor and a large area of eastern and north-eastern England, where rainfall could reach 60mm.
On Wednesday and Thursday, similar areas, plus northern Wales, could be struck by 60mm to 80mm of rain, and possibly even up to 100mm.
Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill described the figures as the "worst-case scenarios" but added that people need "to be aware that we're in for some treacherous weather".
"If you add it all up some places are likely to see over 100mm this week, which is around double the average they would get in the whole of June," he said.
The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning covering the River Wandle at Morden in south London, urging people to take immediate action as the flooding of properties is expected.
The agency said on its website shortly before 6pm on Monday: "River levels have risen as a result of localised thunderstorms. Flooding of property is expected imminently.
"Please take action. Further thunderstorms are forecast over the next six hours.
"We expect river levels to remain high until around 10pm on Monday evening."
Residents are being told to avoid low-lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low-lying roads near rivers which may be flooded.
A further six flood alerts are warning people to prepare for potential flooding in parts of south London, Nottinghamshire, Wiltshire and Devon.
Met Office five day weather forecast:
Rain, heavy at times, and strong winds will continue across much of England and Wales, although south and southeastern parts will be brighter with lighter winds but with heavy, thundery showers developing. Driest and brightest across Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Rain and strong winds continue across Wales, north Midlands and northern England. To the south showers will die away from all but the south coast. Mostly dry to the north.
Largely dry in the northwest, whilst southern and central parts will see some heavy, thundery showers. Elsewhere pulses of rain continue, heavy in places particularly over hills. Windy in places.
Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:
Unsettled, often windy and cool throughout with further spells of heavy rain and thundery showers Thursday and Friday. Sunny spells and showers Saturday, the showers frequent and heavy in west.
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