More downpours on the way as Yorkshire faces a wet weekend

People are caught out in a heavy rain shower in London.
People are caught out in a heavy rain shower in London.
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Heavy showers look set to return for parts of the country after days of sporadic deluges triggered flash flooding - but Yorkshire could escape the latest downpours until the weekend.

North Wales, the north west of England, Northern Ireland and Western Scotland could see isolated downpours dumping over a week of rain in an hour on Thursday, bringing a risk of localised flooding.

Elsewhere conditions are set to be warm and sunny, although eastern parts will have to wait for fog to burn off during the morning.

Met Office forecaster Sophie Yeomans said: “The biggest risk of showers will be in those western areas where they may be quite heavy, although not as bad as we had seen in recent days.”

It was a mixed picture for Britons on Wednesday, as tourists in Cambridge were pictured enjoying a sunny punt ride along the river Cam, while torrential rain and thundery showers lashed other parts of the country.

In the capital and parts of the Midlands, flash downpours left people drenched, and images shared on social media showed roads partially flooded.

Londoners were caught in sudden downpours for the second consecutive day, with torrential rain hitting the capital in the early afternoon.

On Tuesday, flash floods caused three cars to be submerged, and their drivers had to be rescued, in Croydon, south London.

While the last remnants of the wet and humid weather clear over the UK on Thursday up to 20mm of rain could fall in isolated downpours over western parts, a third of the monthly average of 60mm.

Yorkshire forecast for Thursday

Early cloud and any mist will gradually clear back to the coast leaving another warm day with sunshine. Dry for most but isolated showers will develop during the afternoon, especially over the Pennines. Staying cooler near the coast.

Thursday night

Clear spells to start the night but becoming rather cloudy with some showery rain possible in places. Patchy mist and hill fog may form overnight too


Mostly cloudy with outbreaks of showery rain which could be heavy at times later. Cooler but still feeling quite warm in any brighter spells.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday

Unsettled and generally cloudy with showers or longer spells of rain, heavy at times. Rather cool throughout.