M25 closed by flash flooding as thunderstorms turn roads to rivers in Croydon

THE M25 has been closed due to flash flooding following downpours earlier today.

Severe weather has forced large stretches of the M25 to close causing major delays to rush hour traffic.

Pictures from the M25 show some cars stranded in the floodwater, while queues of cars build up.

The M23 has also closed off sections of the motorway.

Severe flooding was also spotted in Croydon where roads turned into rivers from the heavy rainfall.

Shocking footage captured this afternoon shows cars driving slowly through the centimetres of floodwater in Croydon after heavy rainfall.

The Met Office issued a yellow storm warning for all of England today and the eastern half of Scotland.

A more serious amber warning was in place for Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen.

An amber warning means people should be on alert for flash flooding and building damage from lightning strikes, floodwaters and hailstones.

The Environment Agency has five flood alerts posted for possible flooding in areas around Birmingham, while 17 flood alerts remain current across Scotland.

Flooding has been a serious issue in other parts of the UK.

Ten properties in Lancashire were affected by flooding on Tuesday following overnight storms, the Environment Agency said.

The rainfall caused the Burrow Beck waterway in Scotforth, south Lancaster, to rise by almost a metre in less than three hours, the agency's flood risk manager Andy Brown said.

Victoria Hospital Car Park in Kirkaldy, Fife, was left in ruin as cars parked overnight smashed into one another in the floods.

Staff from the hospital – which is still operating as normal – said their vehicles suffered extensive damage after being carried away by gallons of water.

Last night, the thunder and lightning was captured in Swansea, South Wales, the South Downs and Merseyside as storms battered Britain.

Church of Scotland minister Peter Johnston, in Aberdeen, tweeted: “Biblical flooding. Never seen it this bad.”

Yesterday, Britain hit a scorching 34C for the sixth day running today, the first time the milestone has been met in 60 years.

The Met Office said temperatures reached 34.6C in central London yesterday – marking the first time since at least 1961 that there had been six consecutive days of 34C and above.

Temperatures were expected to hit 36C in the south-east yesterday, along with highs of 32C in Norwich and 30C in South Wales.

Beachgoers in Lyme Regis took to the sea to cool down, while Londoners paddled down the Thames on their stand up paddle boards.

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