SUMMER is on hold for the foreseeable future, with predictions of the ‘wettest August ever’ as rain sets in all month.
The Met Office issued a storm warning yesterday for thunderstorms across the north, parts of Scotland and the south of England.
The yellow weather alert followed a weekend in which winds peaked at 64mph and rail passengers were stranded by floods in Scotland and northern England.
Harry Aitkenhead, of bookmaker Coral, said: ‘We are on course for a record-breaking wet month and we now make this August odds-on to be the wettest ever.’
The weather is expected to be unsettled and changeable all week, with Wednesday likely to be the wettest.
‘Low pressure is likely to bring spells of rain, which could be heavy at times, especially in the west or north-west,’ a Met Office spokesman said. ‘It will be windy too, with gales at times, especially in the north and west.’
Over the weekend, a man in his 50s was critically injured by a falling tree in Streatham, south London, and cross-Channel ferries had to wait up to five hours in heaving seas to dock at Dover.
Gusts of wind reached 64mph on Saturday at Mumbles Head in Wales and two races were cancelled at the Cowes yachting festival off the Isle of Wight.Up to two weeks’ worth of rain fell in the north-west yesterday after nearly 3in fell in some areas on Saturday.
Spadeadam in Cumbria recorded 2.8in (71.4mm) of rain, compared with a monthly August average of 3.2in (82.4mm) for the county.
Flooded tracks forced trains between Cumbria and Scotland to be cancelled and also trapped five trains between Lockerbie and Carlisle.