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  • 25 August 2014, 22:36

Heavy Rain Brings Bank Holiday Washout

Large parts of Britain have been hit by heavy rainfall as millions of people suffered a soggy Bank Holiday Monday.

The worst of the weather was in Hampshire, Sussex and London but there were also downpours in the rest of the south as well as the Midlands and Wales.

There was 25mm of rain in some areas with the highest up to 6pm being 29.6mm in Otterbourne, Hampshire.

Rainfall moved in from the South West overnight and Met Office forecaster Calum MacColl told Sky News: "It has been a right wet end to the day."

Among the outdoor events affected was the Notting Hill Carnival where thousands braved the downpours and took to the streets in west London for the final day of the annual music event.

The procession of sound systems and floats was delayed due to the wet weather, but an organiser said it started at midday and there had been a continuous flow of bands since.

Sixty bands were due to play as costume-clad performers strolled through the area's streets and the aroma of Caribbean food filled the air.

Music fans leaving the Reading Festival in Berkshire were also caught up in the soggy conditions.

And sporting events were also hit, including England's opening one-day international of a five-match series against India which was abandoned without a ball being bowled in Bristol.

The downpours disrupted people returning from Bank Holiday getaways, with delays on some motorways.

A yellow weather alert has been issued by the Met Office for Wales, the Midlands and southern England.

The rain was predicted to continue to affect much of England and Wales overnight, but Northern Ireland and the Republic will largely dry up by dawn.

Sky's weather producer Rebecca Yussuf said: "Scotland will stay dry, turning chilly there under clear skies."

"Scotland and the northern-most parts of England will have a dry and sunny start on Tuesday, but it will be cloudy and damp elsewhere.

"Southern England and Wales will see showers or longer spells of rain through the morning, with heavy and perhaps thundery downpours in places."

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