Warning of a month's rainfall in an one hour 'misplaced', admits Met Office

Predicted floods did not occur at the weekend

Predicted floods did not occur at the weekend

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Fears that some places could see flooding and an entire month's rainfall in just one hour last week turned out to be misplaced, with Wiltshire spared the worst as summer storms swept the country.

Today a yellow "be aware" weather warning was issued by the Met Office for Yorkshire and Humber, the East and West Midlands, the East of England and London and south east England.

The warnings, in force until 8pm tonight, mean there is a moderate risk of some damage to infrastructure and local disruption.

It follows the Met Office's issuing of severe weather warning for Saturday with forecasts of heavy, thundery rain battering parts of England, Wales and southern Scotland.

The worst of the weather missed Wiltshire, the heaviest downpour being registered in Santon Downham, Suffolk, which saw 0.7in (18.2mm) fall in one hour, followed by 0.6in (16.4mm) falling in Bickley, Worcestershire.

It fell well short of the 1.2in (30mm) - almost half of the UK monthly average for the whole of June of 2.9in (73.4mm) - which had been forecast as a possibility.

Last month the Shard in London - western Europe's tallest building - was struck by lightning during a thunderstorm.

A new study by the Met Office and Newcastle University has warned that climate change could result in heavier summer rainfall in Britain, which in turn could increase the risk of flash flooding.

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