Tuesday, July 16

Shops and supermarkets underwater in UK as strong storms in September



After Britain basked in its hottest September day in 105 years parts of the UK saw the summer come to a dramatic end with flooding and lightning strikes.

Storms and heavy rain swept across the north of England, the Midlands and the South West bringing travel chaos and leaving some streets and shops submerged.

Some Birmingham-bound flights were diverted and while power blackouts in the city also saw Metro services cancelled.

Meanwhile, Manchester City’s Champions League game against Borussia Mönchengladbach was postponed because of torrential rain in the area.

In nearby Ashton-under-Lyne, the aisles of an ASDA supermarket were filmed under inches of water as the store was evacuated.

Megan Beland posted a Facebook video of ‘rain’ falling inside the Tesco Extra in Pool near Redruth, Cornwall.

Water also poured into the Harvey Nichols store as heavy rain hit Manchester city centre.

Shocked commuters witnessed rain was ‘coming through the roof’ of Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station as it was raining so hard.

At Manchester Airport, some flights were delayed and two had to land elsewhere as the storm wreaked havoc in the region.

On the M62, the westbound exit slip road was closed at junction 20 near Rochdale.

Meanwhile, Manchester City’s game against Borussia Mönchengladbach at the Etihad Stadium was postponed due to the heavy rain.

The storms follow a day of scorching heat, with 34.4C recorded at Gravesend. It was the hottest day of the year so far and the warmest September day since 1911.

Other hotspots today included Heathrow and Kew Gardens in west London where the mercury reached 32.8C.

A Met Office spokesman said: “It’s the hottest day of the year with 34.4 degrees Celsius recorded at Gravesend. This makes it the warmest September day since 1911.”

The high temperatures meant Britain was as warm as Bangkok in Thailand, and hotter than Madrid and Los Angeles.

However, amid the heat, severe weather warnings were issued for the North West, North East and parts of Scotland with warnings of thunder and flooding.