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Britain is soaked by yet more downpours after month’s worth of rain falls in one day and now bookies slash odds on this being the wettest July EVER 

  • Torrential rain across country forecast to stay well into this week – with Met Office issuing severe wind warnings too
  • After a day of respite more wet weather swept in from the Atlantic last night, which will lead to days of rain storms
  • Duke and Duchess of Cambridge left disappointed as America’s Cup sailing abandoned by wild coastal conditions 

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Euan McLelland For MailOnline


Published:
07:21 EST, 26 July 2015

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08:42 EST, 26 July 2015

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The soggy start to the school summer holidays is set to continue as forecasters warn that even more torrential rain is on its way.

Downpours the length and breadth of the country saw a month’s worth of rain fall in a single day over some parts of Britain – leading to chaos for families heading off on their travels.

Despite enjoying some temporary respite on Saturday, more wet weather swept in from the Atlantic last night, which has led to the bulk of the nation experiencing even more rain storms today.

Heavy rain falls on the WOMAD festival site in Wiltshire as much of the UK endures another day of poor summer weather, which forecasters say isn't going to change in the next few days

Heavy rain falls on the WOMAD festival site in Wiltshire as much of the UK endures another day of poor summer weather, which forecasters say isn’t going to change in the next few days

The soggy start to the school summer holidays is set to continue as forecasters warn that even more torrential rain is on its way

The soggy start to the school summer holidays is set to continue as forecasters warn that even more torrential rain is on its way

The awful weather conditions even led to this playful dog giving up - seeking solace underneath a table at a beachside cafe

The awful weather conditions even led to this playful dog giving up – seeking solace underneath a table at a beachside cafe

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were amongst hundreds of sailing fans left disappointed when the chaotic conditions forced the cancellation of the America’s Cup World Series racing in Portsmouth.

Organisers first announced that they’d moved the schedule forward from a 1.30pm start to noon, anxious about strong winds forecast for later in the afternoon.

But with around half an hour to go, continuing poor conditions meant they were forced to abandon for the day.

The Duchess of Cambridge was amongst hundreds of sailing fans left disappointed when the chaotic conditions forced the cancellation of the Americas Cup World Series racing in Portsmouth

The Duchess of Cambridge was amongst hundreds of sailing fans left disappointed when the chaotic conditions forced the cancellation of the Americas Cup World Series racing in Portsmouth

The abandonment was a blow for Kate
The Duchess had dressed for the adverse conditions in boat shoes and a Henri Lloyd jersey pullover

The abandonment was a blow for Kate, who had dressed for the adverse conditions in boat shoes and a Henri Lloyd jersey pullover

Instead of being able to enjoy the day's action from outside, the royal couple were forced to keep an eye on things from indoors

Instead of being able to enjoy the day’s action from outside, the royal couple were forced to keep an eye on things from indoors

‘After discussions with the America’s Cup organising committee due to extreme weather we have had to take the difficult decision to cancel today’s racing and Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series event programme, and the site has been closed for the day,’ said a statement on the event’s website.

‘We had hoped to go ahead with early racing, but with winds gusting in excess of 30mph we could not risk the safety of the crews and public, and their welfare is paramount.’

The abandonment was a blow for Kate and William, both of whom are known sailing enthusiasts, who had dressed for the adverse conditions in boat shoes and Henri Lloyd jersey pullovers.

Parts of their full day’s itinerary had to cancelled and new venues found for other events after heavy rain and blustery conditions swept the coast.

It was up to the stewards at the America's Cup to make sure all spectators left the site after the heavens opened following strong winds

It was up to the stewards at the America’s Cup to make sure all spectators left the site after the heavens opened following strong winds

What had been billed as a fun day for all the family had to be abandoned as the bad morning weather only got worse as they day went on

What had been billed as a fun day for all the family had to be abandoned as the bad morning weather only got worse as they day went on

Organisers first announced that they'd moved the schedule forward from a 1.30pm to noon, anxious about strong winds forecast for later in the afternoon. However, soaked spectators were eventually left disappointed when it was cancelled entirely

Organisers first announced that they’d moved the schedule forward from a 1.30pm to noon, anxious about strong winds forecast for later in the afternoon. However, soaked spectators were eventually left disappointed when it was cancelled entirely

High winds and torrential rainfall forced organisers to cancel the day's racing, set to take place off the coast of Portsmouth

High winds and torrential rainfall forced organisers to cancel the day’s racing, set to take place off the coast of Portsmouth

Sir Ben Ainsley, the most successful sailor in Olympic history, was due to skipper his team on the second day of the opening leg of the World Series but was left dejected by the conditions

Sir Ben Ainsley, the most successful sailor in Olympic history, was due to skipper his team on the second day of the opening leg of the World Series but was left dejected by the conditions

The royal couple had hoped to watch the first of two races from a boat but this was cancelled along with a tour of a festival site as the ground was waterlogged

The royal couple had hoped to watch the first of two races from a boat but this was cancelled along with a tour of a festival site as the ground was waterlogged

The royal couple had hoped to watch the first of two races from a boat but this was cancelled along with a tour of a festival site as the ground was waterlogged. 

Sir Ben Ainsley, the most successful sailor in Olympic history, was due to skipper his team on the second day of the opening leg of the World Series but was left dejected by the conditions.

After being forced to return to dry land, Sir Ben said: ‘The English summer, you just can’t count on it.’ 

Sophie Lavender, Elllie Strangways and Sophia Stainer - all of whom are 18 - don't let the rain spoil their fun as rain turns the NOMAD festival site into a muddy swamp

Sophie Lavender, Elllie Strangways and Sophia Stainer – all of whom are 18 – don’t let the rain spoil their fun as rain turns the NOMAD festival site into a muddy swamp

Wellington boots were the order of the day for many
Revellers struggled to cope with the conditions under foot brought on by the weather

Wellington boots were the order of the day for many as they struggled to cope with the conditions under foot brought on by the weather

But for others, the heavy rain brought opportunities for fun. Youngsters Marley, 6 and Hal, 4, make the most of their waterproof attire by jumping in puddles

But for others, the heavy rain brought opportunities for fun. Youngsters Marley, 6 and Hal, 4, make the most of their waterproof attire by jumping in puddles

Gareth Harvey, senior forecaster with MeteoGroup, said rain at the tail-end of last week didn’t clear East Anglia and Kent until mid-morning on Saturday – by which time Norwich, for example, had received 48mm – 1.89 inches – in 24 hours.

The average rainfall for the whole month of July in some East Anglian locations is only 52mm.

However, it is certainly not over, with heavy showers returning today which could last until midway through the week.

The rain will continue to pour in what will be an unsettled night for most of the UK this evening, with showers or longer outbreaks of rain - some of which will be heavy with the slight chance of the odd rumble of thunder

The rain will continue to pour in what will be an unsettled night for most of the UK this evening, with showers or longer outbreaks of rain – some of which will be heavy with the slight chance of the odd rumble of thunder

The weather will remain unsettled on Monday, with outbreaks of rain, some heavy, in northern parts of the UK and showers further south. Strong winds will also feature for many places, particularly in the south

The weather will remain unsettled on Monday, with outbreaks of rain, some heavy, in northern parts of the UK and showers further south. Strong winds will also feature for many places, particularly in the south

The rain will continue to pour in what will be an unsettled night for most of the UK this evening, with showers or longer outbreaks of rain – some of which will be heavy with the slight chance of the odd rumble of thunder.

The most persistent of the rain will be in the north with parts of southern England turning largely dry.

It will remain unsettled on Monday, with outbreaks of rain, some heavy, in northern parts of the UK and showers further south. Strong winds will also feature for many places, particularly in the south.

To that accord, the Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for those living in South West England.

A statement from the Chief Forecaster posted on their website reads: ‘Winds are already strong in many places though Sunday. However, west to southwesterly winds are expected to increase further during Monday.

A statement from the Chief Forecaster at the Met Office promised that strong Sunday winds will continue into the start of the working week

A statement from the Chief Forecaster at the Met Office promised that strong Sunday winds will continue into the start of the working week

No day for fun at the fair: This jacketed cyclist gets soaked while out on her bike near Bournemouth beach, dodging puddles along the way

No day for fun at the fair: This jacketed cyclist gets soaked while out on her bike near Bournemouth beach, dodging puddles along the way

With both strong winds and heavy rain, these two women struggle as they try to both squeeze in underneath an umbrella

With both strong winds and heavy rain, these two women struggle as they try to both squeeze in underneath an umbrella

Come Tuesday and Wednesday, any lingering rain across northern England should move away to leave showers across the UK, most of which will be prolonged at times in northern England and southern Scotland

Come Tuesday and Wednesday, any lingering rain across northern England should move away to leave showers across the UK, most of which will be prolonged at times in northern England and southern Scotland

‘Inland gusts of 40-45 mph are possible, whilst gusts may exceed 50 mph along the north coasts of Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, and also Bristol Channel coasts of south Wales.

‘There is some uncertainty over the peak wind strength and also the extent of the strong winds, but given a greater number of people engaged in outdoor activities at this time of year there is a medium likelihood of some minor disruption, with driving conditions perhaps difficult for towing vehicles.’

Come Tuesday and Wednesday, any lingering rain across northern England should move away to leave showers across the UK, most of which will be prolonged at times in northern England and southern Scotland.

Senior meteorologist Gareth Harvey said: ‘The next depression is coming in from the Atlantic.

‘There will be rain in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wales and south west England by morning, and pretty much everywhere will see some rain through the course of Sunday, with only the very far north of Scotland escaping.

‘There will be some strong winds as well.’ 

Today's wet weather arrived with temperatures reaching no higher than 18C - far below the average for July. They are expected to rise a few degrees tomorrow, but there may still be some rain around and it will stay cool and unsettled into Monday and Tuesday - causing havoc for people heading on their holidays

Today’s wet weather arrived with temperatures reaching no higher than 18C – far below the average for July. They are expected to rise a few degrees tomorrow, but there may still be some rain around and it will stay cool and unsettled into Monday and Tuesday – causing havoc for people heading on their holidays

A beach on Bournemouth lies completely deserted as heavy winds and rain make it almost the last place anyone would want to head this July weekend

A beach on Bournemouth lies completely deserted as heavy winds and rain make it almost the last place anyone would want to head this July weekend

MailOnline's official betting partner Coral have even slashed the odds on this July now being the wettest on record, taking what was a 6-1 bet down to a worrying 2-1

MailOnline’s official betting partner Coral have even slashed the odds on this July now being the wettest on record, taking what was a 6-1 bet down to a worrying 2-1

Today’s wet weather arrived with temperatures reaching no higher than 18C – far below the average for July.

They are expected to rise a few degrees tomorrow, but there may still be some rain around and it will stay cool and unsettled into Monday and Tuesday, with no obvious sign of any return to the hot conditions, which just weeks ago produced the hottest July day on record. 

MailOnline’s official betting partner Coral have even slashed the odds on this July now being the wettest on record, taking what was a 6-1 bet down to a worrying 2-1.

The firm has also taken a flurry of bets on 2015 being the wettest year on record, which is now available at 5-2, from 4-1.

‘We’ve seen money come flooding in all week for July being the wettest on record as punters have obviously been keeping a close eye on weather forecasts which all suggest we are set for more rain at the back end of the month,’ said Coral’s John Hill.

The annual Wickerman festival at Dundrennan, Dumfries and Galloway, saw organisers set fire to a massive wooden effigy as revellers enjoyed two days of live music under blue skies

The annual Wickerman festival at Dundrennan, Dumfries and Galloway, saw organisers set fire to a massive wooden effigy as revellers enjoyed two days of live music under blue skies

And in west London - where the weather has been mixed over the weekend - one man even captured what he first thought were the Northern Lights

And in west London – where the weather has been mixed over the weekend – one man even captured what he first thought were the Northern Lights

Convenience store leader Tomas Pak ran home to get his camera to photograph a green glow in the skies above Isleworth at around 10.30pm last night

Convenience store leader Tomas Pak ran home to get his camera to photograph a green glow in the skies above Isleworth at around 10.30pm last night

‘At the start of this summer, we saw a lot of money for this year being the hottest since history books began. However, all the bets coming in now are for 2015 being the wettest on record,’ he added.

Despite taking a turn for the worse, some pockets of the country have enjoyed short spells of dry weather.

The annual Wickerman festival at Dundrennan, Dumfries and Galloway, saw organisers set fire to a massive wooden effigy as revellers enjoyed two days of live music under blue skies.

And in west London – where the weather has been mixed over the weekend – one man even captured what he first thought were the Northern Lights.

Convenience store leader Tomas Pak ran home to get his camera to photograph a green glow in the skies above Isleworth at around 10.30pm last night. 

The 33-year-old said: ‘I’ve never seen anything like it in all my life.

‘I have absolutely no idea what it is but I couldn’t take my eyes off of it.’

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