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UK weather: Torrential rain to give way to bright sunshine and 20C today after deluge hit Tower Bridge and Tube stations

SUNSHINE and highs of 20C will help to dry out the capital today after Tower Bridge and Tube stations were hit by flooding following torrential downpours.

The Met Office has promised sunny skies after three inches of “intense” rain fell across some parts of the country yesterday.

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Highs of 20C are expected in the south of the country today after it was lashed by rain[/caption]

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Motorists slowly made their way across the flooded bridge[/caption]

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Today it will be a dry and bright day for many, says the Met Office, with highs of 20 in the south.

Unfortunately, the wet weather will linger for some, with scattered showers expected for some western and northern areas.

Parts of the UK faced power outages and transport delays caused by the deluge.

Video clips showed the famous London landmark underwater with the weather causing travel chaos – as buses and cars are struggling to make it through the deluge.

The capital was predicted to be one of the worst-hit areas in terms of rainfall in the morning with nearly three inches expected to fall, according to the Met Offices’ severe weather warning.

The North Circular Road and the District Line on the London Underground were also hit by the torrential rain.

But despite the dreary weather, the mercury is set to soar to 22C on Thursday.

This latest bout of bad weather comes just weeks after London was completely flooded – and water swamped homes after a month’s worth of rainfall fell in just ONE hour.

Alerts were issued after heavy rain raised river levels and saturated homes – with the London Fire Brigade receiving more than 1,000 calls related to flooding.

Brits were braced for the same again after being warned that 70mm of rain was expected to fall in the “intense” downpour.

The Met Office warned: “Some areas will see up to 40mm of rain leading to some flooding and disruption.

“However, there is a small chance that this rain will be especially intense in a few places with 50 to 70mm possible, and more significant disruption where this occurs.”

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A woman soaks up the early sunshine from her paddleboard in Norfolk[/caption]

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Sunshine is expected for most of the country today after torrential rainfall[/caption]

A cyclist struggled in the torrential rain

Tourists huddled under umbrellas as they punted on the River Cam in Cambridge yesterday as heavy rain hit much of the UK.

Many took shelter as England saw heavy and thundery showers, which moved northeastwards throughout the day.

In the southwest, however, Brits enjoyed clearer skies and sunny spells while the torrent is focused on the east of England.

The Met Office has warned it’s unlikely Brits will see the same scorching 30C heat as last week, but the aftermath of Hurricane Larry could bring a few days of balmy temperatures.

Much of the UK basked in sweltering sunshine at the start of the month – including Wales which experienced its warmest September night on record, while temperatures in Scotland reached the highest since 1906.

But grey skies and temperatures in the late teens hailed the end of summery weather towards the middle of the month.

The hurricane made landfall in Newfoundland, Canada, on Saturday, but the energy and heat of the storm will have an effect on the jet stream over the UK.

As the beginning of autumn rolls in, Hurricane Larry has sparked hopes of a last blast of heat for the UK.

Met Office forecaster Alex Deakin said: “At the moment it does look like high pressure will be the more dominant feature.

“It won’t be as crazily warm as it was through the first half of this week and it will be cold at night, but it could mean fine and dry weather.

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“The battle between high and low pressure will continue into the start of next week.

“On the face of it, it does look like the high is going to win out, but low pressure to the south can’t be ruled out.

“It depends on the exact position of the jet stream, and how things interact with Hurricane Larry.”

Meanwhile, Ladbrokes have slashed the odds on this going down as the wettest September on record.

Having been a 3/1 shot earlier this week, the bookies now make it just 5/4 for this month to enter the record books as the wettest September EVER.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “It’s looking more likely than ever that this month will go down as the wettest September on record with thunderstorms ready to batter Britain.”

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Motorists were warned yesterday morning following the torrential downpours[/caption]

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Londoners were braced for flooding yesterday[/caption]

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Sandbags placed outside a commercial property on Euston road in North London during heavy rainfall[/caption]

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A woman jogged during heavy rain in Greenwich Park, South East London yesterday[/caption]

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Brits under umbrellas as they go for a punt on the River Cam in Cambridge[/caption]

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