Mon. Apr 15th, 2024
alert-–-april-showers-torment-bank-holiday-revellers-in-some-parts-of-the-country-as-others-bask-in-glorious-sunshine-at-the-beachAlert – April showers torment bank holiday revellers in some parts of the country as others bask in glorious sunshine at the beach

April showers have poured down in the capital today to torment revellers heading to London’s parks, as others bask in glorious sunshine at the beach in Dorset. 

Heavy downpours drenched people who had headed to Greenwich Park in south London on Easter Monday today with more rain forecast. 

People sheltered under umbrellas as the rain lashed down while one person was seen using their scarf as a makeshift hood. 

Elsewhere, Dorset’s famous Durdle Door was packed as people queued along the landslip damaged steps to head to the beach in the warm spring sunshine. 

Sunbathers used towels to lie on the golden sands as while others took a stroll along the beach.  

It comes as forecasters warned that heavy rain is set to better parts of the UK today, with more than 100 flood alerts still in place in the south as many start their journeys home after the four day weekend.

LONDON: People in Greenwich Park shelter underneath umbrellas as rain starts to pour down

LONDON: People in Greenwich Park shelter underneath umbrellas as rain starts to pour down

LONDON: A woman reaches for a black brolly in Greenwich Park as the capital is battered by heavy rain

LONDON: A woman reaches for a black brolly in Greenwich Park as the capital is battered by heavy rain

LONDON: A woman sits under an umbrella on a bench in Greenwich Park as she talks on the phone during a rain shower

LONDON: A woman sits under an umbrella on a bench in Greenwich Park as she talks on the phone during a rain shower

DORSET: Durdle Door beach was busy on Easter Monday as people enjoyed the warm spring sunshine

DORSET: Durdle Door beach was busy on Easter Monday as people enjoyed the warm spring sunshine

DORSET: Holidaymakers and visitors queuing to get to and from the beach on the landslip damaged steps as they flock to Durdle Door in Dorset

DORSET: Holidaymakers and visitors queuing to get to and from the beach on the landslip damaged steps as they flock to Durdle Door in Dorset

The Environment Agency has placed 10 flood warnings - meaning flooding is expected - and 112 flood alerts in place across England

The Environment Agency has placed 10 flood warnings – meaning flooding is expected – and 112 flood alerts in place across England

The Met Office's forecast for Easter Monday, with heavy showers expected in much of the south

The Met Office’s forecast for Easter Monday, with heavy showers expected in much of the south

More than two million car journeys for leisure will be made this soggy Easter Monday as people prepare to go back to work tomorrow.

The RAC and transport analysis company Inrix has warned of lengthy delays on the road, with traffic at its worst between 10am and noon, advising people to make their journeys in the evening. 

No weather warnings have been issued as of yet but showers could bring up to 15mm of rainfall.  

Meanwhile the Environment Agency has placed 10 flood warnings – meaning flooding is expected – and 112 flood alerts in place across England. Forecasters said there is a risk of hail and thunder late today.

In Newcastle, Geordies were seen braving the wave and wind as they dredged through giant puddles along the Quayside.

Locals dashed under grey skies donning rain coats, a far cry from Easter Sunday’s sunny scenes.

One wrapped-up student powered through the strong gusts, clinging onto an umbrella as the rain continued to fall.

It comes as properties in Glastonbury, Somerset, are said to be at risk from the Glastonbury Millstream bursting its banks. 

Meanwhile, Catsham, Cowbridge and West Lydford, and the B3151 Glastonbury to Meare Road. are expected to see the brunt of the flooding. 

Although rainfall has largely passed out of the area, the River Brue is expected to remain high into Monday afternoon.

NORTH TYNESIDE: A beachgoer wraps up warm as she battles against the elements on Longsands beach in Tynemouth on Easter Monday

NORTH TYNESIDE: A beachgoer wraps up warm as she battles against the elements on Longsands beach in Tynemouth on Easter Monday 

Cold, wet and windy weather will batter parts of the UK today. Pictured: A woman holding an umbrella on Newcastle's Quayside this morning

Cold, wet and windy weather will batter parts of the UK today. Pictured: A woman holding an umbrella on Newcastle’s Quayside this morning  

People in Tynemouth made the most of the bank holiday by wrapping up warming and embracing the rain

People in Tynemouth made the most of the bank holiday by wrapping up warming and embracing the rain

Fields flood around the village of Mepal in Cambridgeshire on Easter Monday after the New Bedford River burst its banks with more rain forecast for this week

Fields flood around the village of Mepal in Cambridgeshire on Easter Monday after the New Bedford River burst its banks with more rain forecast for this week 

One dog walker wears wellies and a waterproof jacket as he takes on the rain in Tynemouth

One dog walker wears wellies and a waterproof jacket as he takes on the rain in Tynemouth 

Much of the UK can expect to see mild temperatures ranging between 6 to 8 degrees

Much of the UK can expect to see mild temperatures ranging between 6 to 8 degrees 

More than two million car journeys for leisure will be made this Easter Monday. Pictured: A line of traffic on the M5 near Weston-super-Mare in Somerset

More than two million car journeys for leisure will be made this Easter Monday. Pictured: A line of traffic on the M5 near Weston-super-Mare in Somerset 

Heavy rain drenched the south of England and parts of Wales on Sunday evening, with the Met Office forecasting further heavy showers to develop in the south throughout Monday.

Liam Eslick, a forecaster at the Met Office, said there is a ‘risk of localised flooding’ in some areas.

Mr Eslick said: ‘Being the bank holiday weekend, people are travelling around at this time, so we’d recommend checking road coverage if people are driving or any bus and train timetables to see if there are any cancellations.’

Kathyrn Chalk, meteorologist at the Met Office said: ‘We’ll see further spells of heavy rain coming in, pushing its way northwards through Easter Monday.

‘Probably a damp start, especially across Wales, central England and northeastern parts as well with further heavy spells of rain here.

‘Further towards the south, if we do see any clouds breaking up we could see heavy showers again in the afternoon.’

Drivers are urged to reduce their speeds, as rain can reduce visibility, and give themselves more time to brake on slippery road surfaces – suggesting a gap of at least four seconds between traffic.

The showers could bring between 5mm and 15mm of rainfall, forecasters said.

Areas in the north of England and Scotland are expected to be much sunnier throughout the day and experience less rain, the weather service said.

It will remain cloudy for much of the north tonight with outbreaks of rain continuing while much of the south will experience drier conditions.

On Tuesday, Scotland and Northern Ireland will see cloudy outbreaks of rain, while England and Wales will see sunny spells and showers that turn heavier in the afternoon.

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