The thoughts of an Indian summer, as was enjoyed by the UK last year with soaring temperatures at the end of September and through into October, were banished for this year as the heavens opened and the sky emptied a month’s worth of rainfall in 24 hours.
After a second day of heavy rain, many northern parts of the UK are threatened by floods, with Newcastle and Leeds in particular danger.
Torrential rain and high winds have caused chaos, with roads left impassable, people left stranded and homes and businesses flooded. A woman was killed at the Royal Botanic gardens at Kew on Sunday when a branch fell on her.
After the average rainfall for September has already been reached in many areas of the country, land is already waterlogged and a second day of downpour could prove catastrophic.