The Met Office has issued an urgent yellow warning for thunderstorms today after heavy rain and thunder caused chaos across parts of England at the weekend.
The warning, covering parts of Sussex and Kent in the South East, is in place between 10am and 5pm on Monday.
There is a risk of flooding in some areas, forecasters warned this morning.
They said: “There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater or possibly lightning strikes.”
The Met Office also warned of traffic disruption as a result of the bad weather.
The Met Office warning is in place in South East England
London, which was heavily hit in yesterday’s dramatic storms, is not in the area covered by the latest warning.
Homes, roads and Tube stations have been flooded while two London hospitals asked patients to stay away after thunderstorms battered the south of England on Sunday.
The Environment Agency has six flood warnings in place across the country’s southeast, while there are 19 alerts for potential flooding active throughout England and Wales.
The warning comes after flooding chaos yesterday in London and the south east (Image: AFP via Getty Images)
The wettest part of the country on Sunday was St James’s Park in London, where 41.6mm of rain fell.
Residents in north-east London used buckets, brooms and wooden boards to create makeshift flood defences for their homes, while water gushing from an Underground station was caught on video.
Restaurant manager Mariya Peeva, who lives in Woodford in east London, said her neighbour’s bedroom was flooded, and her son worked with other residents to prevent the rising rainwater from deluging their home.
Ms Peeva, 46, said: “My son went to buy some food from the local shop – by the time he came back the whole street and the pavement were already flooded and the water was coming into our front door.”
Whipps Cross Hospital said it was “experiencing operational issues” and asked patients to use an alternative A&E “if possible”.
Newham Hospital had a similar appeal, writing on its Twitter account: “Our Emergency Department has flooded in some areas. We’re still here if you need us but to help us while we fix things please attend a neighbouring hospital if possible. Thank you!”
A bus stuck in heavy flooding in Hackney Wick yesterday (Image: Independent TV)
Standon Calling festival in Hertfordshire was also cancelled due to the floods.
The festival said in a statement: “Unfortunately due to flooding we will no longer be able to proceed with the festival.
“If you can safely leave the site this evening please do so as soon as possible. We are working on getting everyone off site as safely and quickly as possible.”
The rain brought an end to the heatwave earlier this week, but temperatures are set to rise in most places again on Monday as the storms clear, with the mercury predicted to reach 26C in London, 25C in Edinburgh, 24C in Cardiff, and 22C in Belfast.
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