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Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 August, 2004, 04:42 GMT 05:42 UK
Weird weather 'set to continue'
Rising floodwater has already left many motorists stranded (Photo by Timothy Evans)
The erratic weather that has been battering the UK this summer is set to continue into the week, forecasters have warned.

The beginning of the week saw sunshine turn to humid thundery showers with flash flooding in places.

The Met Office warned of heavy rain on Tuesday down the UK's east coast, in the Midlands and parts of the south.

Downpours were expected over the morning rush hour period, making driving conditions dangerous at times.

There were warnings of flooding across eastern Scotland and the eastern counties of England, due to the heavy rain.

The humid weather is also expected to continue. On Monday, the temperature remained stifling in some areas, with London not dropping below 22C overnight - the eighth hottest on record.

Norfolk also suffered at 21C, and the rest of the UK never dropped below 17C.

To bring us the summer we are longing for, the jet stream needs to pass to the north of the UK,
Michael Fish, BBC weather forecaster

The grim conditions are in evidence as a system, including the remains of Hurricane Alex, which came across the Atlantic, hit the UK and continue to hover over the west.

BBC weather forecaster Michael Fish said Scotland and England's eastern counties could expect more heavy rainfalls on Tuesday.

"To bring us the summer we are longing for, the jet stream needs to pass to the north of the UK," said Mr Fish.

lightning bolt
Parts of Scotland have been the heaviest hit in the storms

On Monday, Scottish Power reported almost 1,000 homes had lost electricity in the storms, mainly in rural areas of the country.

Flash flooding brought traffic to a standstill in the Midlands and other areas last week and closed down parts of the London Underground.

And the Environment Agency has warned that the tempestuous weather could get worse with global warming.

Last year, the temperature reached 38.5C in Kent on August 10 - the hottest since records began in 1659.

Six of the seven warmest years while records have been kept have occurred since 1990.

Without cutting emissions, the freakish nature of Britain's weather could get worse, the Agency warned.




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