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Thunder and lightning chaos forces Heathrow Airport to cancel flights

Severe weather in parts of Britain prompted Airlines to reduce their flight schedule by 20%, Heathrow Airport was particularly hit by travel disruption.

Stormy weather meant that the Airport had no choice but to cancel one in five flights over a two hour period.

Three flood warnings were issued by the Environment Agency (EA) and a further 55 flood alerts across England and Wales after a month’s worth of rain fell in some places. It comes after the Met Office issued an “amber” warning of rain for England and eastern and central Wales, as heavy, thundery showers moved northwards during the day.

Up to 1.2in (30mm) of rain fell in an hour in some places, while Westonbirt in Gloucestershire recorded the UK’s highest rainfall total of 3.1in (78.8mm) – more than the average monthly amount for July.