There is no let up in sight to the wet weather, as a low pressure system will remain over or close to the UK until early next week, bringing rain and thundery showers, the Met Office reports
Up to 10cm of rain is expected today (Friday) and tomorrow across a swathe of central UK from north Wales to North Yorkshire and Essex, for which a severe weather warning has been issued.
Met Office deputy chief forecaster Tony Waters said: "We are expecting spells of very heavy and thundery rain across a wide area of the UK in the next few days. Given the saturated ground from the record rainfall in June, this could cause significant disruption."
Already provisional Met Office figures show that double the average amount of rain fell across the UK last month, making it the wettest June since records began in 1910. England, Wales and Northern Ireland fared worse than Scotland.
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