Roads in north London were submerged on Thursday after the Met Office issued a flash flood warning. More downpours were expected on Friday.Heavy thunderstorms, torrential rain as well as hail and frequent lightning were forecast.
Some areas were to see as much as 30 to 40mm of rain in an hour, the Met Office said.
Commuters in Ruislip and Harrow reported seeing waterlogged roads and some reports from St Margaret’s Avenue in South Harrow suggested homes had been flooded.
Cars were spotted driving through water on Breakspear Road at the junction with Ducks Hill Road, in Ruislip, while Northolt Road in South Harrow was completely covered with water.
Ruislip Manor Tube station was also flooded. The station was forced to close but reopened at shortly after 9pm on Thursday.
There were also reports of flooding further out from the city in Greater London.
Elm Avenue leading to Field End Road in Eastcote was pictured with flooding across both lanes of traffic.
The Met Office said London and the South East were most at risk of being hit by bad weather.
A Met office spokeswoman told the Standard: “We are looking at very heavy rain in very isolated areas so not everywhere in the warning area will see one of the heavier downpours.
“What happens is the rain comes down so quickly that urban areas can flood while the drains are catching up. It is also an issue if you are trying to drive.
Heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to pan out from the London area and develop more widely across England overnight on Thursday and Friday morning.
Théogène U @Bwiza.com