Double the typical June rainfall in 2 days triggers flooding, travel chaos in UK
By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
June 12, 2019, 12:55:06 PM EDT
As heavy rain threatens to trigger more flooding in parts of the United Kingdom into Thursday morning, some areas have already recorded double the typical June rainfall earlier this week.
Bouts of heavy rain caused areas in the central U.K. to record twice the amount of rain that typically falls each June in two days earlier this week.
In the 48 hours ending on Wednesday morning, a total of 107.2 mm (4.22 inches) inundated Holbeach in Lincolnshire. Rainfall at the town for the entire month averages 53.2 mm (2.09 inches).
Other rainfall totals during this time in Lincolnshire included 122.8 mm (4.83 inches) at Stenigot and 99.2 mm (3.90 inches) at Tetford, according to data from the Met Office.
Hawarden in northeastern Wales averages 59.2 mm (2.33 inches) each June, but recorded 66.8 mm (2.63 inches) from Monday night to Wednesday morning.
Ham Hill and Eynsford were among the wettest locations in Kent from Monday into Monday night as 94.6 mm (3.72 inches) and 90.1 mm (3.55 inches), respectively, poured down.
The number of flash flooding incidents continued to mount across the U.K. as rainfall totals increased.
From Tuesday into Tuesday night, the Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue responded to more than 100 flood-related calls.
Kent Fire and Rescue Services were called to rescue a woman in her 80s and her dog from a flooded property near Sevenoaks on Monday night. No injuries were reported.
As the River Waring overflowed its banks, low-lying land and roads were flooded in Horncastle. The level of the river at Horncastle Banks Road crested at 1.33 meters (4.36 feet) during the early afternoon of Tuesday. Minor flood stage is 0.68 of a meter (2.23 feet).
The M25 in Kent was closed in both directions from Monday night into Tuesday morning after two sinkholes opened, according to BBC News. Travel chaos also extended to railways.
🌧️ Flooding on the railway has caused disruption in Mid and North Wales and heavy rain is also predicted for South Wales— Network Rail Wales & Borders (@NetworkRailWAL) June 12, 2019
Please check before you travel ➡️ https://t.co/Oatj0VX2vD#CBYT pic.twitter.com/daAYcXmfK9
Many rivers throughout the Midlands, Wales and England rose above minor flooding stage.
A total of 34 mm (1.34 inches) of rain was recorded at London's Heathrow Airport in the 24 hours ending on Tuesday morning. More than 400 flights were delayed on Monday, FlightAware reported.
As the rain soaked the Midlands and into Wales and South West England, the Cricket World Cup fixture between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in Bristol was called off on Tuesday.
The heaviest rain into Thursday morning is expected to spread from the East Midlands to North East England, threatening to aggravate ongoing or trigger new flash flooding. There can also be a period of downpours over the West Midlands and eastern Wales.
The U.K. is expected to remain in the midst of an unsettled weather pattern with showery spells Friday into this weekend.
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