Warnings have been issued for potential flooding in central and eastern parts of England Amid the downpours which caused transport disruption to London.
As vehicles battled the floods on Tower Bridge in the capital, the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning saying heavy rains could affect transport and cause other problems across parts of England.
He said on Tuesday that the damage to homes and businesses, as well as train travel disruption, was a risk in areas ranging from London in Hartlepool in the northeast.
Up to 25mm of rain was forecast, with some places expected to receive around 40mm in a few hours, as the showers moved northeast, accompanied by thunder in a few places. The rain should subside later in the day, before subsiding after dusk.
Parts of Scotland , Wales and Northern Ireland are also expected to experience wet weather throughout the day.
The rainy weather was encapsulated by footage shared on social media, including a video of flooding in central London, where traffic was delayed on major roads, including the Blackwall tunnel. A section of the tube was also closed.
"I don't know 100% how a* bridge * is flooded, but it was Tower Bridge at the time ", said a Twitter user , observing the scene from the top deck of a bus.
The scenes drew attention to the city's flood defenses, which were described as "vulnerable" by a member of the London assembly who warned that hundreds of Thousands of homes and businesses were at risk.
"London is clearly not ready for more frequent and more intense rainfall, as we have said. 'we saw with the floods on Tuesday morning, "said Zack Polanski of the Green party. "We need to move faster to make the most of the drains we have, plant more trees and green space for heavy rains, and alert the 200,000 homes and businesses now known in.ur be at risk of flooding due to heavy rains in London, before it gets worse. "
Rain ruined day three of the Surrey County Championship cricket match against Essex as the referees decided at lunchtime that further play was not possible due to the conditions at the Kia Oval, while the third day from Derbyshire v Kent to Der par was also a washout.
Much of the UK experienced sweltering sunshine earlier this month. Wales experienced its warmest September night on record, while temperatures in Scotland reached their highest since 1906.
Annie Shuttleworth, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said parts of the Midlands and northeast could have 40mm of rain on Tuesday before easing in the south to the during the afternoon, with a low risk of thunderstorms to follow.
" We have seen the main body of rain move further north throughout the morning, and the rain will persist the longest in North East England, "he said. she said.
She added that Wednesday would bring drier weather across the UK, which is expected to remain fairly calm with patchy sunshine forecast for the next few days .
The long-term forecast for September is uncertain, but forecasters expect temperatures across the UK will be slightly warmer than the average for the time of year.
Tuesday's temperatures of around 18C (64.4F) in London and 15C (59F) in Edinburgh will soar at approximately 21C (69.8 F) and 18C (64.4F) on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday respectively.