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Last Updated: Sunday, 15 July 2007, 18:30 GMT 19:30 UK
Rain-soaked UK escapes flooding
Woman in Hull
There was no repeat of the severe flooding seen in June
The UK has been hit by a band of heavy rain and some thunderstorms but has escaped serious flooding.

The north of England and Wales were soaked by a band of rain which moved across the regions throughout the day.

Parts of Northern Ireland, Scotland and the south of England were also affected by thundery showers.

Early on Sunday the Met Office issued severe weather warnings for much of England and Wales and the Environment Agency issued three flood warnings.

BBC weather forecasters said the predicted rain had hit but had not caused major problems and added the warnings were unlikely to be renewed for Monday.

'Scattered showers'

The Press Association said Margate in Kent was hit by 15mm of rain in six hours this afternoon, while London and Odiham in Hampshire received 8mm in an hour.

In parts of Buckinghamshire, 9mm of rain fell between 1600 BST and 1500 BST.

East Anglia saw a rash of thunderstorms and heavy rain throughout the day.

BBC forecaster Jay Wynne said the main band of heavy rain would move on to sit over Scotland and Northern Ireland on Monday.

Most other areas should prepare for a dull, wet day with scattered showers.

Eastern England is likely to see the best weather with temperatures in London expected to reach 22C (72F).

In June, four people died in floods which inundated parts of the Midlands and Yorkshire, with more than 30,000 homes and 7,000 businesses affected.

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