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A cyclist pedals into a flooded section of road after heavy rain caused localised flooding in Milton Keynes. (Reuters)

In pictures: Britain battered by 50mph gales and a month's rain in one day

Britain was soaked with a month’s worth of rain in a single day on Tuesday, disrupting rail and road networks across the country.

Some areas saw more than 50mm of rain in less than 12 hours as wind, rain and thunder battered parts of the country.

Pictures showed cars in parts of the UK attempting to drive through enormous puddles and people sheltering from deluges throughout the day.

Met Office meteorologist Steven Keates said: “It’s been very autumnal.

“After that long dry spell, it’s been a bit of a soaker this morning.

“There’s been enough rainfall to cause some issues in a few places, and in the last couple of hours we have also seen some thunder in London, across central England and East Anglia.”

London commuters reported rain causing flooding and delays as they tried to head home on Tuesday.

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Footage recorded at Liverpool Street station shows water pouring through the ceiling at the city centre station, as trains set off on their journeys into Essex and East Anglia.

A Network Rail spokesman said: “We apologise to passengers whose journeys have been affected by flooding at Liverpool Street station.

“This caused several track circuit failures and we had to close several platforms around 4.30pm while we worked to fix the issue.

“These platforms reopened shortly after 5pm, though there will be residual delays while we restore services.”

Boscombe Down in Wiltshire has seen the heaviest rainfall, with 51.2mm falling at the military base near Amesbury in the 12 hours to 1pm.

Heavy rain in Harrogate, Yorkshire, caused problems on the third morning of the cycling Road World Championships, as torrents of water running down the roads caused riders to slip and get a drenching.

In Birmingham, a car was pictured stranded surrounded by overflowing rain water.