UK weather: Heavy rain causes flooding as thick fog engulfs parts of Britain

Roads and cars have been left underwater after heavy rainfall deluged parts of the UK.

Emergency services are at the scene in Merseyside as vehicles are forced to negotiate their way through a river-like junction in the West Derby area, the LiverpoolEcho reports.

Dramatic pictures show entire roads under what appears to be at least a foot of water, with cars slowly wading through flooding.

Crews have been called to a number of incidents this morning, including one in Bootle where crews rescued a person from their vehicle after becoming trapped.

It comes as the Met officials warned this morning that central and southern parts of Britain are set to be covered by dense freezing fog.

One local said he had never seen flooding so bad in the eight years he’s lived in West Derby.

The ECHO’s Tom Evans, 40, said: “I was getting the car ready to take my son to school when a neighbour told me the road was flooded.

“”I thought how bad can it be … but then I looked and there was water gushing out of a drain at the end of our close, where it never normally floods.

“The junction of Deysbrook Lane and Melwood Avenue was the worst – I’ve lived here eight years and it floods about once a year, but never this bad.”

Princess Drive is also currently closed in both directions due to a “large sinkhole”.

The downpours come amid a cold snap that will see sub zero temperatures elsewhere in the UK.

The Met Office warned earlier today frost is set to cover most of the country, and heavy rain will strike parts of the northeast.

Temperatures are expected to have dropped as low -10C overnight in parts of the country after yesterday dropped to -9C.

The Met Office predicted temperatures frequently colder-than-average through December.

Leon Brown, head of meteorological operations at The Weather Company’s Weather Channel arm, said: “Arctic incursions mean December could well be the coldest for a number of years.”

The Met Office said Merseyside was among the areas with the highest recorded rainfall between 4am and 10am today as 10.6mm were recorded.

It trailed behind Cumbria’s 12mm, recorded by the Environment Agency, and Inverness’ 11.8mm.

It nonetheless looks like Merseyside will have a break from the pouring rain in the next few hours as the chance of rain drops from 90 to 50 per cent from 6pm, while it goes all the way down to 10 per cent tomorrow morning.

The Met has issued to yellow warnings for fog that may cause disruption in the east and south east of England.

They are in place today from 4pm to 2am tomorrow.

The far south east and south west should also brace themselves for some rainy patches in the evening, the Met reports.