London climate: Flood alerts issued for 10 boroughs

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lood alerts have been issued for 10 London boroughs as rain lastly hits the drought-stricken capital, with thunderstorms additionally on the way in which.

Alerts have been issued for 3 areas.

One covers the River Wandle space in Wandsworth, Merton, Lambeth, Croydon and Sutton, based on the Surroundings Company (EA).

Lewisham, Bromley, Greenwich and Croydon across the Ravensbourne River are additionally impacted.

A 3rd alert covers the Beverley Brook space together with Richmond-upon-Thames and Kingston-upon-Thames.

Heavy rain and thunderstorms, bringing the potential for domestically intense rainfall, are forecast to have an effect on the London space over the subsequent 48-hour interval.

“Whereas uncertainty stays round actual timings and which areas will expertise the heaviest rain there’s a risk that rivers may reply shortly and overtop their banks,” the EA warned.

Flooding to low mendacity land, roads and riverside gardens is feasible, it mentioned.

“We suggest you monitor native climate circumstances and keep away from strolling, biking or driving by flood water.”

The alerts come after warnings from London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Temperatures in London are resulting from fall under 20C on Tuesday night. With the bottom bone dry after weeks of sizzling climate, it’s feared that pure drainage shall be inconceivable and areas will shortly turn out to be flooded.

Mr Khan mentioned: “We discovered rather a lot from final yr in July when there was flash flooding brought on by an enormous quantity of rain – two months’ value of rain – in simply a few hours and folks’s houses companies and public transport was flooded.

“Talking to the Met Workplace, the Surroundings Company and lots of others, we’re involved that over the subsequent few days we may see an enormous quantity of rain in a brief time frame which may result in flash flooding.”

Regardless of the specter of flooding, Londoners rejoiced on the sight of rain – for some the primary time in weeks, and following an eight-day heatwave.

The rain is forecast to stay round for a lot of Wednesday in London.

The Met Workplace has issued a yellow thunderstorm warning for England and Wales, and mentioned flash flooding and disruption to trains and buses is feasible.


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