British travellers face more delays after storms break heatwave





London ( - Air, road and rail passengers faced long delays on Saturday after overnight storms disrupted services following a week of problems that resulted from a heatwave



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Eurotunnel, which runs shuttles to France through the Channel Tunnel, warned vehicle passengers using its Folkestone terminal in south-eastern England to expect delays of about four-and-a-half hours at check-in and inside the terminal on Saturday.
National Rail reported disruptions to services on several lines due to fallen trees and signalling problems, while London's Gatwick and Heathrow airports warned that many flights would be affected by weather conditions in Britain and other European countries.
The Met Office, the national weather forecaster, warned of heavy rain and strong winds gusting to gale force in some areas on Saturday and Sunday.
It said localized flooding was possible in parts of Northern Ireland and north-eastern Scotland.
Temperatures dropped by around 10 degrees Celsius in most areas after overnight thunderstorms ended a week-long heatwave, the Met Office said.
Some 17,500 lightning strikes were recorded in Britain on Friday, while 41.8 millimetres of rain fell in just one hour in the eastern county of Lincolnshire, equivalent to one month’s average rainfall in the area, it said

Saturday, July 28th 2018
(dpa)
           


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