Weather: Monday morning rush hour warning as heavy rain forecast for southeast

Composite image showing wet roads today and inset of the weather alert area

Be careful on the streets out there! (Image: LNP/Met Office/Twitter)

A new yellow weather alert has been issued for much of south-east England after days of heavy rain.

Monday morning’s rush hour will be bleak for motorists as torrential rain makes the roads treacherous.

A Met Office warning will last from 11pm Sunday to 10am Monday, urging people to beware of flooding of homes and businesses and disruption to public transport.

An area stretching from Chichester in West Sussex to Canterbury in Kent is expected to be affected by the wet weather.

Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said: “We’re expecting 15-25mm of rain but it’s basically mainly associated with some heavy showers.

“Much of this is intended to cover the potential for some very tricky driving conditions tomorrow morning as Monday morning is obviously one of the busiest.”

The weather warning covers much of South East England (

The weather warning covers much of South East England (Image: Met Office/Twitter)

A vintage car drives over Westminster Bridge in heavy rain during the RM Sotheby's London to Brighton Veteran Car Run in London

A vintage car drives over Westminster Bridge in heavy rain during the RM Sotheby’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run in London (Image: Getty)

A Barclays FA Women's Championship match between Lewes Women and Bristol City Women had to be postponed as it ran aground in Lewes (Image: FA/Getty)

A Barclays FA Women’s Championship match between Lewes Women and Bristol City Women had to be postponed as it ran aground in Lewes (Image: FA/Getty)

A car splashes through water in Manston, Kent.

A car splashes through water in Manston, Kent (Image: PA)

A man tries to unclog a drain in a flooded street in Bloomsbury, London

A man tries to unclog a drain in a flooded street in Bloomsbury, London (Image: Rex)

People shelter under umbrellas as they trek on the River Cam in Cambridge

People shelter under umbrellas as they trek along the River Cam in Cambridge (Image: PA)

A man walking his dog on a sodden Wimbledon Common

A man walks his dog on a wet Wimbledon Common (Image: Rex)

A flooded street in Bloomsbury, London, after heavy rain

A flooded street in Bloomsbury, London, after heavy rain (Image: Shutterstock)

The Environment Agency has put in place four flood alerts and 39 flood alerts, mostly in south-east England.

Mr Partridge said rain in the south-east will ease later tomorrow, but showers are forecast across the UK for much of the week ahead.

The fresh overnight rain front comes after the Met Office issued a yellow alert on Sunday to cover the south east.

Plumpton, near Lewes, East Sussex, received 39mm of rain in 24 hours – more than a third of the average monthly rainfall for the area, the meteorologist said.

Parts of the northwest will also see heavy rain tonight, it said. Showers will move northeast over northern areas on Monday and will be heaviest over hills.

There will be downpours in areas across the UK on Tuesday, which will ease on Wednesday, the weather agency added.

Rain will return to the north-west on Thursday, although drier conditions will prevail further to the south-east.

It comes after the capital has already seen heavy rain today and areas in London have been flooded, including Dagenham Heathway tube station which has been forced to close temporarily.

Hackney Mayor Philip Glanville tweeted that the council had targeted areas such as the A10 to reduce the impact of flooding from last night’s heavy rains.

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