Experts warn that the record heat wave Britain experienced in July has increased the likelihood of further flooding. The Met Office has issued an orange thunderstorm warning for Cornwall as videos on social media showed flooding in the area.
The stormy weather came after Britain faced its highest temperatures on record last month due to heatwaves and a lack of rain which prompted garden hoses to be banned in parts from England.
Cornwall residents have been warned there could be power cuts, transport disruptions and communities cut off due to flooding.
Ruan Sims, a local garage manager, said the water levels were the highest he had seen in Cornwall.
Mr Sims witnessed water flooding in the area as soon as the rain started but completely drained around ten minutes later.
He said: “It was pretty crazy. We’ve never seen him go that high. He didn’t go into the garage, but he came up to the wall.”
The majority of the UK has received yellow thunderstorm warnings, with Cornwell the only area currently on orange alert.
Other parts of Britain experienced heavy rain as social media posts showed water damage to buildings in Inverness, Scotland.
Photographs showed water pouring through a cinema ceiling and a completely flooded Tesco store.
Tom Morgan, a Met Office meteorologist, said: “There were parts of the country that mainly saw the heavy showers today, in the South West of England.”
Mr Morgan continued to say there was flooding in parts of Cornwell and Devon which resulted in ‘very difficult driving conditions, flash flooding, hail with thunderstorms and lightning’ .
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Professor Hannah Cloke from the University of Reading is an expert in hydrology, the study of the distribution of water on the Earth’s surface.
According to Professor Cloke, the ground has become “a bit like concrete” and the water will slide over the surface instead of seeping into the ground.
She said: “There is damage to homes and businesses. These floods can cause inconvenience with disruption to transport, but if they are very heavy in one place they can also be very dangerous.
“If you have heavy rain in a city, the drainage system can cope up to a point, but if it’s really heavy rain, it can overwhelm the system – the rain can’t drain away. fast enough.”
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Last Friday, the National Drought Group placed eight areas in England into official drought status, which included both Cornwell and Devon.
Cornwell water supplier South West Water has announced there will be watering bans from August 23.
A spokesperson for South West Water said: ‘Looking forward the weather is expected to remain warm in August and September. Combining this with high levels of demand and the risk of increased wildfires in the region, we must act now.
“A big thank you to everyone for having taken action and for having already saved water. It’s a team effort and with small changes in water use we can make a big difference. Together, let’s save water and make the South West flow.