London weather: Capital hit by more than 12 hours of torrential downpours

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London was battered with more than 12 hours of torrential downpours after forecasters issued a weather alert for the capital.

Heavy rain began to fall in the city on Wednesday morning and sparked flooding and disruption for commuters on the railways and roads throughout the day.

Clutching umbrellas, Londoners were pictured leaping over enormous puddles as the rain fell on Oxford Street in central London.

One woman laughed with her friends after taking a tumble as she tried to hop over a swathe of water and onto the pavement.

A woman leaps over a puddle clutching her umbrella in central London (AFP/Getty Images)

Others, wrapped up in coats and ponchos, were pictured looking glum as they made their way across Westminster Bridge.

The rain sparked delays for commuters on the railways with Southeastern services disrupted following flooding in Kidbrooke in south-east London.

Disruption on the Bexleyheath line was expected to last until at least 10pm.

Stations across London including Clapham Junction and Highbury and Islington were also flooded, causing closures. 

Heavy downpours: Commuters walk through the rain in central London (AFP/Getty Images)

Southend Road in East Ham and Malden Road in south-west London were also under water, forcing motorists to find alternative routes.

The Met Office’s yellow warning of rain was due to remain in place until midnight with conditions on Thursday expected to be drier and brighter.

Forecasters said Thursday would be a largely dry day with sunny spells and maximum temperatures of 22C.

Up to 80mm of rain fell across parts of the UK on Wednesday. 

Heavy rain brought localised flooding to a stretch of the east coast of England.

Flash flooding in a number of towns and villages in East Yorkshire and North East Lincolnshire included scenes of 3ft (1m) deep standing water in parts of Withernsea and numerous incidents across the Grimsby and Immingham areas.

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