Thunderstorms and torrential rain are set to batter flood-hit Britain amid fears the country could also be hit by swarms of deadly Asian hornets.
Forecasters are warning of heavy downpours, hail, and lightning strikes across parts of the south east and the Midlands from 6pm tonight.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning that is set to last until 9pm tomorrow, with homes and businesses at risk of flooding, and travel disruption expected.
The latest forecast has sparked fears the UK could set to be invaded by Asian hornets as the wet weather provides the perfect breeding conditions for the black and yellow striped insects.
They have arrived in large numbers on Jersey, and experts say the Channel Islands are a staging post for insects flying from the Continent to Britain.
The latest forecast has sparked fears the UK could set to be invaded by Asian hornets (pictured) as the wet weather provides the perfect breeding conditions for the black and yellow striped insects
Asian hornets have arrived in large numbers on Jersey, and experts say the Channel Islands are a staging post for insects flying from the Continent to Britain
Their stings have been blamed for the deaths of at least five people, and if a victim is allergic to the venom, they could go into anaphylactic shock and die within minutes.
Alastair Christie, the Channel Island’s co-ordinator, said 13 “active nests” have been destroyed already, compared to just 12 nests in the whole of last year.
The invasion threat comes as parts of Worcester has been almost completely cut off by floodwater after torrential rain battered the city.
Shocking aerial photographs show Worcestershire County Cricket Club and Worcester Racecourse underwater today after the nearby River Severn burst its banks over the weekend.
Worcester's streets are covered in up to 14ft of rainwater with swans seen swimming through the streets.
The entire cricket pitch at Worcestershire CCC was covered in murky floodwater yesterday morning after heavy rainfall over the weekend
Worcester Racecourse has been completely wiped out by flooding after rain battered the city and the River Severn burst its banks over the weekend
The Environment Agency issued seven flood warnings and 19 flood alerts for large swathes of the Midlands, including Lincolnshire where 600 families were evacuated from their homes on Saturday.
In Lincolnshire over the weekened, the RAF was drafted in after two months' worth of rain fell in just two days last week, bursting the banks of the River Steeping and causing chaos for households in nearby Wainfleet All Saints.
Officials claim more than a thousand people could be forced to flee with more rain on its way.
The Met Office's yellow thunderstorm warning reads: 'There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds.'