BRITS have been warned to batten down the hatches with a deluge of wet weather on the way.
Flash floods and heavy rain will hit coastal areas today after a muggy weekend.
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The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning covering southern England – in force from midday until midnight on Monday.
Forecasters have warned "heavy rain" may cause chaos on the roads, with flooding possible in some places.
Homes and businesses could also become waterlogged, and there is a "small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life".
Power cuts and loss of other services are also possible, and some communities could become completely cut off by flooded roads.
Today will be wet for most of the south, with thundery showers expected for much of the day.
Temperatures will struggle to reach above 20C in London, 16C in Plymouth and 17C in Dover.
Further north it will be a wet start, but things will turn drier by the afternoon.
The Midlands will see the best of the conditions, with a cloudy but mostly dry day in Nottingham, Lincoln and Stoke-on-Trent.
The wet weather will continue into Tuesday, with further showers and "thundery" downpours for central and southern parts.
But things will become more settled on Wednesday, with a potential heatwave on the cards for later in the week.
A long period of hot, dry conditions is expected – with temperatures reaching a glorious 25C.
Temperature charts from Netweather show conditions improving from July 14, with highs of 25C in London, 24 in York and 23C in Norwich.
The south will feel particularly hot at times, forecasters added.
The "hot spell" is expected to last from July 19 to August 2 – just in time for the easing of Covid restrictions on 'Freedom Day'.
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