Three people were rescued from the sea today after being swept off a harbour wall as parts Britain face a month’s worth of rainfall and 60mph winds today.
Coastguards, RNLI lifeboats, paramedics and police were called to Ramsgate in Kent at about 10.30am this morning after three people fell into the sea after being washed into the water by a large wave.
The trio were rescued from the water off East Pier and treated at the scene by South East Coast Ambulance Service crews, as much of the country endures a soggy and windswept start to the week.
Storms bringing torrential rain are set to batter the UK as people complained on Twitter of their #MondayBlues – and heavy rain could even turn to snow in higher parts of England, where temperatures will plummet to 0C (32F).
The Met Office has issued a weather warning in the South East for the whole day, saying the torrid conditions could cause flooding, power cuts, damage to trees, delays to trains and buses and shut roads and bridges.
People shelter under umbrellas as they pass a view of St Paul’s Cathedral during wet weather in London today
Coastguards, RNLI lifeboats, paramedics and police were called to Ramsgate in Kent today after three people fell into the sea
Morning commuters and tourists struggle to cope with the heavy rain at a bus stop on Westminster Bridge this morning
The number 137 bus is at a standstill behind a fallen tree on a road in Streatham, South London, following high winds today
A man’s umbrella is turned inside out, while a woman battles through with a Union Jack brolly on Westminster Bridge
A tree that fell on to the wall of Pitzhanger Manor in Ealing, West London, as parts of England face strong winds today
A KLM flight from Amsterdam struggles to land in strong crosswinds this morning at Leeds Bradford Airport
A fallen tree at Betchworth in the Mole Valley today as parts of Britain face wind gust speeds of up to 60mph
Pedestrians make their way over Westminster Bridge in London, taking cover under umbrellas this morning
A woman struggles to hold onto her umbrellas as she walks over Westminster Bridge in the heavy rain this morning
A motorist drives his Toyota through floodwater at Buttsbury in Billericay, Essex, today as some areas are hit by heavy rain
The North Downs between Kent and Surrey could see between 60mm (2.4in) and 80mm (3.1in) of rain, compared to the entire April monthly average for the area of 50mm (2in).
As well as rain, Eastern regions will be hit by unusually strong gusts of between 40mph and 50mph, peaking at 60mph on the coast. The Monday misery is being caused by a storm system moving north over France.
Network Rail warned that severe weather could result in train services running across the Southern, Southeastern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express networks being cancelled, delayed or revised.
Horsham to London Victoria via Dorking services are expected to be affected due to a 5mph speed restriction through the Holmwood area of Surrey which suffered a landslip two weeks ago.
Social media users took to Twitter to complain about their #MondayBlues amid the wet and windy conditions in Britain today
A Met Office severe weather warning is in place this morning for rain and wind across the South East of England
The rain is still expected to be affecting England this afternoon, with the weather warning in place for the entire day
The position of the jet stream today (left) is bringing wintry conditions to Britain, although its position will move up later in the week (right) as more settled and warmer weather arrives ahead of the bank holiday weekend
A kite surfer braves the rough seas in Tynemouth, Northumberland, as some areas of Britain battle the severe conditions
A fallen tree in Stanmore, North London, as parts of Britain are hit by strong winds and a month’s worth of rainfall today
A woman puts on a brave face despite the rain at London Bridge this afternoon as she walks through the wet conditions
Network Rail said it has been ‘proactively working through the night and will continue working throughout the day to ensure pumps and drainage are in place and in full working condition’.
Southern and Thameslink, together with Great Northern, run more than 3,200 services across the South East every day. Meanwhile on the roads, there were severe delays on the M6 southbound in Cheshire after an accident.
P&O said sailings between Dover and Calais were being delayed by up to 90 minutes this morning due to the bad weather. Eurotunnel also reported delays of two hours due to ‘essential maintenance work’ in the tunnel.
Environment Agency flood duty manager Clare Dinnis said: ‘Widespread heavy rain could lead to flooding from surface water and rivers in parts of south, south-east and central England.
Glencoe Mountain Resort in the Scottish Highlands has skiers and boarders on powder snow today
Glencoe Mountain Resort is one of the last resorts still open for winter sports that has powder snow
A snowboarder stands in front of the gloriously snowy landscape at Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands today
A Flybe flight from Southampton lands amid strong crosswinds this morning at England’s highest airport, Leeds Bradford
A woman laughs as her umbrella turns inside out in front of a view of St Paul’s Cathedral during wet weather in London today
Motorists drive through floodwater at Buttsbury in Billericay today as much of Essex is hit by heavy downpours
People walk with umbrellas over Millennium Bridge on a cold and rainy morning in London today
A lorry splashes through the water at Buttsbury in Billericay today as parts of the South East face a weather warning
People shelter under umbrellas as they pass a view of St Paul’s Cathedral during wet weather in London today
‘Strong winds will also lead to large waves and spray in exposed coastal areas and we encourage people to take care in these locations. We expect some travel disruption during Monday morning’s rush-hour.
‘We advise people to listen to their local radio stations and remember not to drive through flood water as just 30cm (1ft) of fast flowing water is enough to move your car.’
Nearly 40 ‘be prepared’ flood alerts were active this afternoon, mostly for south east England, while two ‘flooding is expected’ warnings were in force in the north east and Anglia.
Environment Agency staff are maintaining defences at at-risk spots, with concerns over rising river levels and waves in coastal areas, boss Emma Howard Boyd said.
Flooding at the Crooked Billet underpass in Walthamstow, North East London, caused long delays for rush-hour motorists and one lane remains closed, Transport for London said.
Parts of the River Thames embankment at Westminster Pier in London have flooded this afternoon
Morning commuters and tourists struggle to cope with the wind and rain on Westminster Bridge this morning
A woman holds her coat to her face as she walks along Westminster Bridge in the wet and windy conditions this morning
Commuters and tourists smile as they make their way through the wet weather on Westminster Bridge today
A man holds his breakfast and an umbrella as he walks over Westminster Bridge, while others saw their brollies turn inside out
A woman holds her umbrella close to her face as commuters face the heavy rain this morning on Westminster Bridge
Pictures posted online showed fallen trees blocking roads in London, with tree surgeons disposing of one which had crashed through a wall in Ealing. Elsewhere, a man was trapped when a tree fell on to his car in Herne Bay, Kent.
Firefighters had to cut the roof off the vehicle before the man was seen by medical staff. Cricketers in the Essex v Hampshire fixture even took to the pitch wearing woolly hats in an attempt to repel the unseasonable cold.
Temperatures will climb through the week, with highs of 14C tomorrow and on Wednesday – with the prospect of a sunny Bank Holiday weekend.
Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said: ‘It will be a wet start to the week, leading to a very difficult morning commute in the South East. We could see localised flooding across this area, with a chance of wet sleet and snow over the high ground as well.
Early risers where treated to a dramatic sky on the Northumberland coast this morning over Bamburgh Castle
The power of the sea captured by photographer Sean Hepburn yesterday as huge waves hit Chesil beach in Dorset
A wall of water crashes into Chesil beach amid awful conditions in Dorset yesterday, with the heatwave now long gone
Good Morning Britain reporter Nick Dixon had a torrid time delivering a wet weather report on the ITV programme today
It’s a PINK Moon – named after tiny flowers that appear at this time of year (but no, the moon won’t appear to change colour)
These stunning photographs show how the first full moon of northern spring lit up Britain’s skies last night.
The phenomenon, known as the ‘Pink Moon’, earns its name from the flowering of the brightly-coloured herb ‘moss pink,’ which typically coincides with its arrival.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the April full moon lines up with the blooming of one of spring’s earliest-flowering plants – wild ground phlox, or ‘moss pink’.
The pink moon, which is also known as the grass moon and the egg moon, was given its moniker by Native Americans, who provided a name for each full moon to help them keep track of time.
Native Americans have a name for the full moon of every month in the calendar, including Wolf Moon for January, Snow Moon for February and Worm Moon for March – then Flower Moon in May.
Strawberry Moon is for June, Buck Moon is for July and Sturgeon Moon is for August. In September, there is a Harvest Moon, Hunter’s Moon is in October, Beaver Moon is in November and Cold Moon is in December.
A couple watch the pink moon rise beside Hartshead Pike in Tameside, Greater Manchester, yesterday evening Images)
The tower at Hartshead Pike was rebuilt in 1863 to commemorate the marriage of Edward VII and Alexandra of Denmark
The full moon rises behind the bronze sculpture of an Arctic Tern on the seafront at North Berwick in East Lothian yesterday
The full moon, known as a pink moon in the month of April, is pictured rising on the coast of East Lothian last night
‘But for the rest of England and Wales, it’s a completely different story, with dry and bright conditions in the West Country and West Wales. Tomorrow we’re looking at a bright day with scattered showers.
‘The rest of the week should be sunny with highs of 18C (64F) on Friday. There is a good chance of pleasant sunny spells across the Bank Holiday weekend.
‘Although it won’t feel like the heatwave we had earlier in the month, temperatures should stay in the high teens, meaning it will be a very pleasant weekend for most.’
Today’s bad weather marks a dramatic change from the glorious April heatwave just over a week ago which brought record temperatures and saw thousands flock to beaches.
On April 19, 29.1C (84.3F) was recorded in St James’s Park, London, making it the hottest April day since 1949. The hot spell was caused by low pressure over the Atlantic and high pressure over western Europe drawing warm air to the UK.
British SKY-les: Cloud looking like a map of the United Kingdom spotted above Devon
A cloud looking like a map of Britain was spotted hovering in the skies over the weekend.
Amanda Darke snapped a photo of the unusual formation when she was driving in Devon on Saturday evening at 7pm.
Ms Dark was so thrilled that she jumped out of her car while travelling between the villages of Diptford and Morleigh.
A cloud looking like a map of Britain was spotted hovering in the skies over the weekend
The 58-year-old said: ‘The cloud was a perfect shape of the UK and I knew I had to act quickly before it dispersed.
‘I jumped out of the car and took a couple of pictures. My mum was driving us and I saw it in the sky.
‘I just said “quickly stop the car” as I wanted to take a picture of it. I was so thrilled by it.
‘I just looked up and it presented itself. I couldn’t believe it. I just knew if I didn’t get it then I would never see anything like that again. It was lucky I was a passenger and able to spot it.’
Ms Darke said she was so gobsmacked at the sight she forced her mother to pull the car over
Amanda Darke snapped a photo of the unusual formation when she was driving in Devon