York’s streets turn to rivers after heavy rain causes the Ouse to burst its banks

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York was hit by heavy flooding today after the river Ouse burst its banks leaving streets underwater.

Dozens of vehicles were stranded in the city after two weeks’ worth of rain fell in 24 hours on Monday before more rainfall today caused water levels to rise further.

The Kings Arms, which is so used to flooding that it nails its furniture to the floor, was left marooned by the rising water levels.

More than an inch of rain was forecast to hit northwest England and western Scotland today before the deluge cleared eastwards ahead of a mixture of sunny spells and showers in the late afternoon.

Temperatures are expected to plummet ahead of the national lockdown on Thursday as lows reach 33F (1C) and frost and foggy conditions roll in overnight. 

But the cold snap is set to be followed by highs of 53F (12C) in the southwest on Wednesday and 57F (14C) in the south east on Saturday when the Jet Stream changes shape building an area of high pressure in the mid-Atlantic.  

It comes as the Yorkshire Dales were seen covered in the first snowfall of the winter, in a video taken by walker Thomas Beresford, while walkers in Scotland also enjoyed a sprinkling of the stuff after it fell in the Cairngorms National Park.

A man looks out of the window of the Kings Arms in York on Tuesday after the river Ouse burst its banks following heavy rain with flood warnings issued for locations across the country

A man looks out of the window of the Kings Arms in York on Tuesday after the river Ouse burst its banks following heavy rain with flood warnings issued for locations across the country

The pub and around half a dozen vehicles in the city were said to be marooned by rising water levels which are expected to peak overnight

The pub and around half a dozen vehicles in the city were said to be marooned by rising water levels which are expected to peak overnight 

Water is pumped back into the Ouse after the river burst its banks following heavy rain with levels more than 12ft above those normally seen in the summer

Water is pumped back into the Ouse after the river burst its banks following heavy rain with levels more than 12ft above those normally seen in the summer

Later in the week it will remain dry with sunny spells and overnight patchy frost and fog until rain returns to the south again on Saturday afternoon

Later in the week it will remain dry with sunny spells and overnight patchy frost and fog until rain returns to the south again on Saturday afternoon

There are 22 flood warnings (red) in place, and 35 flood alerts (orange)

There are 22 flood warnings (red) in place, and 35 flood alerts (orange)

This evening will see showers concentrate on the northern and western coasts, with winds easing and skies clearing for many, turning frosty in places with a few fog patches in the south by dawn.

Met Office spokesman Nicola Maxey said: ‘Rainfall is easing in the north west from today with a change to more settled, dry conditions with some sunny spells for the rest of the week. There is a chance of overnight frost and some fog possible.’   

By Wednesday more sunny spells will appear although temperatures will remain ‘rather cold’ despite feeling less so due to light winds, according to Met Office forecasts. Northern Scotland will see wet and windy weather.  

Later in the week it will remain dry with sunny spells and overnight patchy frost and fog until rain returns to the south again on Saturday afternoon.     

For now the wet weather remains and showers continue to line the west coast today. Skies are expected to dry up over Wednesday before rain returns later in the week. 

There are 22 flood warnings in place – the majority in the northwest- and 35 flood alerts spread along the length of the country.

This could spell chaos for people living in Otley, West Yorkshire, who were warned to barricade their doors with sandbags after the River Wharfe burst its banks over the weekend. 

Riverside footpaths were already deep underwater floodwater overnight with levels expected to continue rising and peak between midnight and 6am on Wednesday

Riverside footpaths were already deep underwater floodwater overnight with levels expected to continue rising and peak between midnight and 6am on Wednesday 

There are 22 flood warnings in place - the majority in the midlands - and 35 flood alerts, with between 0.8 and 1.2inches (20-30mm) of rain expected in the North-West of England and Western Scotland today

There are 22 flood warnings in place – the majority in the midlands – and 35 flood alerts, with between 0.8 and 1.2inches (20-30mm) of rain expected in the North-West of England and Western Scotland today

This car park in Wetherby, West Yorkshire, was also flooded after the heavy rain fall over the weekend. It prompted a farmer to drive through the water in a tractor

This car park in Wetherby, West Yorkshire, was also flooded after the heavy rain fall over the weekend. It prompted a farmer to drive through the water in a tractor

Country paths flood today after the rain in Emmer Green, Reading. For now the wet weather remains and showers continue to line the west coast today

Country paths flood today after the rain in Emmer Green, Reading. For now the wet weather remains and showers continue to line the west coast today

The scene in the market town of Otley where the River Wharfe has burst its banks. November 2. Multiple urgent flood warnings have been issued after the River Wharfe burst in Otley, near Leeds, West Yorkshire, leaving a trail of chaos

The scene in the market town of Otley where the River Wharfe has burst its banks. November 2. Multiple urgent flood warnings have been issued after the River Wharfe burst in Otley, near Leeds, West Yorkshire, leaving a trail of chaos

Video showed the floods after the River Wharfe burst its banks in Yorkshire on Sunday and Monday

Video showed the floods after the River Wharfe burst its banks in Yorkshire on Sunday and Monday

Video showed the floods after the River Wharfe burst its banks in Yorkshire on Sunday and Monday

The first snow of the winter is seen falling on the Yorkshire Dales this morning in a video taken by walker Thomas Beresford

The first snow of the winter is seen falling on the Yorkshire Dales this morning in a video taken by walker Thomas Beresford

Residents who live near the river were warned to take ‘immediate action’ by the Government’s flooding information service and to activate flood protection measures, including sandbagging their front doors.

Water levels hit peaks of more than 3.5m at 7am trapping shocked motorists in their vehicles.

One resident said she was shocked as the river ‘rose so fast’.

Amelia Bradbourne said: ‘The river rose so fast, I didn’t even hear any rain last night.

Met Office forecaster Oli Claydon said: ‘As we go through the week, the wind speeds will gradually reduce as the high pressure starts to dominate.

‘From Tuesday night, the influence of high pressure from the Atlantic starts to take hold.

‘The skies are clearer, leading to some cold temperatures on Wednesday morning, leading to the chance of frost in the south and central parts.

‘A chilly start to Wednesday morning, certainly compared to the previous mild temperatures. Wednesday itself, a few showers around but generally bright, clear conditions.

‘Another cold night in central and southern parts into Thursday. And then Friday is really probably the last day where the high pressure will stay in charge.

‘So still settled into Friday with bright, dry conditions for many, before more unsettled conditions move in from the south into the weekend,’ he added. 

Hill walkers at Cairngorm National park, northeast Scotland, where the 1st snow of winter has fallen

Hill walkers at Cairngorm National park, northeast Scotland, where the 1st snow of winter has fallen

Cairngrom Mountain resort. Snow was forecast for the Scottish mountains today but is expected to ease off later in the week

Cairngrom Mountain resort. Snow was forecast for the Scottish mountains today but is expected to ease off later in the week

A snow covered pick up truck at the car park in the Cairngorm National park where the 1st snow of winter has fallen today

A snow covered pick up truck at the car park in the Cairngorm National park where the 1st snow of winter has fallen today

North Yorkshire was beset by flooding on Sunday after several rivers broke their banks. Pictured: Flooding on roads in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, Sunday, after the River Ure burst its banks

North Yorkshire was beset by flooding on Sunday after several rivers broke their banks. Pictured: Flooding on roads in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, Sunday, after the River Ure burst its banks

Firefighters had to rescue stranded motorists on Sunday after a fortnight's worth of rain brought by Storm Aiden fell in just 24 hours. Pictured: Flooding on roads in North Yorkshire after the River Ure burst its banks

Firefighters had to rescue stranded motorists on Sunday after a fortnight’s worth of rain brought by Storm Aiden fell in just 24 hours. Pictured: Flooding on roads in North Yorkshire after the River Ure burst its banks

In North Yorkshire, firefighters used boats to rescue nine people who had tried to drive through floodwater before becoming stranded. Pictured: The scenes of flooding in North Yorkshire

In North Yorkshire, firefighters used boats to rescue nine people who had tried to drive through floodwater before becoming stranded. Pictured: The scenes of flooding in North Yorkshire

Firefighters on the scene in the market town of Otley on Monday after the River Wharfe has burst its banks following heavy rain

Firefighters on the scene in the market town of Otley on Monday after the River Wharfe has burst its banks following heavy rain

The Met Office's latest satellite and radar picture shows rain moving eastwards early Tuesday

Parts of the southwest experiencing thunder and lightning this morning

The Met Office’s latest satellite and radar picture shows rain moving eastwards early Tuesday with parts of the southwest experiencing thunder and lightning this morning

‘Nothing surprises me with this year any more though.’

Another disgruntled resident Amelia Websdale said: ‘Who needs national lockdown when you can just be marooned by a flood in your own house.’

While firefighters in North Yorkshire used boats to rescue motorists who became stranded after trying to drive down flooded roads. 

It comes after the tail end of Hurricane Zeta lashed the UK Sunday, just hours after Storm Aiden swept in on Saturday. 

In Norfolk, the bad weather saw more than 1,000 homes lose electricity and engineers were working on Monday to restore power.

The terrible weather comes after last month’s deluges. Saturday October 3rd saw enough rainfall to more than fill the Loch Ness, making it the wettest day on record. An average of 31.7mm (1.24ins) fell on that day alone.  

Britain is braced for more downpours today after a fortnight's rain fell in 24 hours during Storm Aiden. Pictured: Huge Waves hit the sea front by the lighthouse at sunrise in Porthcawl, South Wales, on Monday

Britain is braced for more downpours today after a fortnight’s rain fell in 24 hours during Storm Aiden. Pictured: Huge Waves hit the sea front by the lighthouse at sunrise in Porthcawl, South Wales, on Monday

Large waves crash over the harbour wall in Newhaven, East Sussex, during strong winds on Monday

Large waves crash over the harbour wall in Newhaven, East Sussex, during strong winds on Monday

Cold air from Greenland is also set to send temperatures plunging by 10C (50F) ahead of Bonfire Night on Thursday. Pictured: Huge waves smash into the rocks in front of the Mumbles Lighthouse at Bracelet Bay in Swansea, Wales, on Monday

Cold air from Greenland is also set to send temperatures plunging by 10C (50F) ahead of Bonfire Night on Thursday. Pictured: Huge waves smash into the rocks in front of the Mumbles Lighthouse at Bracelet Bay in Swansea, Wales, on Monday

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