This morning has seen some intense downpours across parts of south east England.
They developed across parts of East Anglia in the early hours of the morning, with further areas of heavy showers across Sussex, Surrey, Kent and the south of London following later.
The showers were very heavy in places with thunderstorms, hail, and torrential rain reported, giving high rainfall totals and localised flooding in some areas.
The high rainfall totals were caused by an area of low pressure and a plume of warm air that moved in from the near continent accompanied by light winds, meaning that the showers were slow moving.
Several spots have seen more than half of their average monthly rainfall for the whole of July in just one hour.
Below you can see some of the highest recorded hourly rainfall totals from Environment Agency rain gauges through the morning of Monday 28th July 2014:
|Great Dunmow||Essex||43 mm (4am to 5am)|
|Isfield||Sussex||37 mm (8.30am to 9:30am)|
|Ardingly||Sussex||35 mm (8.30am to 9:30am)|
|Santon Downham||Suffolk||33mm (4am to 5am)|
|Weirwood||Sussex||28 mm (9am to 10am)|
|Northolt||London||20mm (7am to 8am)|
The band of showery rain is now easing, but a yellow warning for rainfall remains in place for the south east of the UK as the risk of seeing some further isolated downpours remains.
In addition, the far south east of England could see further persistent and perhaps locally heavy rain later today and overnight, with parts of Kent and Sussex most at risk. Conditions across all areas should then improve through tomorrow.