Torrential rain causes flash flooding and travel chaos as heatwave ends


Torrential rain across Merseyside has caused flash flooding and travel chaos this evening as the UK’s scorching heatwave comes to an abrupt end.

The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning which came into force at 10am today for heavy showers that may cause disruption.

Some roads in the region are currently flooded and Merseyrail is reporting service disruption on the New Brighton and West Kirby lines due to the adverse weather.

The Met Office predicted thunderstorms would hit the region at around 4pm and carry on throughout the evening, reports the Liverpool Echo.

Schools across the region have been forced to remain closed tomorrow.

The Birkenhead Park School has announced a partial school closure will be in place tomorrow (Friday, September 9) due to flooding.

A statement on the school’s Facebook page said: “Following the heavy rain today, there has been some flooding in school.

“To ensure the safety of our students, only Years 7 and 11 will attend school tomorrow.

“Years 8, 9 & 10 should remain at home and take part in virtual lessons following their normal timetable via Microsoft Teams.”

Co-op Academy Bebington will also be closed on September 10 due to flood damage.

A statement from Ms Kelly said: “We are devastated that after all the new works completed over the summer and new flooring, we have been totally flooded throughout the school’s ground floor and some upper floor classrooms.

School is closed tomorrow and I will update you further once our Facilities Management Team have appraised the damage, which is extensive. Thank you.”

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram’s message to people affected by floods read: “We have had reports of homes and businesses affected by flash floods after today’s rain. Support services are there to help – as are our local Cllrs, councils and MPs.

“If you need any further help give me a shout and I’ll try to put you in touch with the relevant people.”

The Met Office has since has now warned of further thunderstorms in Merseyside tonight.

They said: “Heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to continue affect the area through this evening before slow decaying towards midnight.

“Whilst many areas will miss the most intense storms, torrential downpours are likely in a few places.”

Rail services have also been affected throughout the evening, with services to and from Ellesmere Port and Chester will terminate and start at Rock Ferry due to flooding at Green Lane.

The downpours come after a three-day heatwave sent the mercury soaring this week – with some parts of the country reaching 30C.

But according to BBC and Met Office forecasts, England may have one more mini heatwave to look forward to before autumn, My London reports.

The capital could experience temperatures over 20C from September 14 to September 22, forecasters have said.

Parts of the south and south-east are also expected to stay dry with sunny spells.

However, the Met Office said the north and north-west will experience more unsettled conditions, with rain and clouds.

The Met Office’s long-range forecast says: “Settled and largely dry conditions are then expected to continue through the start of next week with variable cloud and some decent clear and sunny spells, although perhaps cloudier in the far north and northwest with rain at times.”

Towards the end of September, conditions will become more unsettled with rainfall expected to be above average.