Flash floods caused chaos across the city as torrential rain left homes, roads and tube stations flooded on Sunday.

Thunderstorms left parts of the UK underwater as London hospitals urged residents to stay away due to the severe flooding.

The Environment Agency has six flood warnings in place across the country’s southeast, while there are 19 alerts for potential flooding active throughout England and Wales.

The wettest part of the country on Sunday was St James’s Park in London, where 41.6mm of rain fell.

The London Fire Brigade took more than 600 calls to flooding incidents, including flooding to roads and properties.

Crews used specialist water rescue equipment to rescue five people from a car stuck in flood water under Worcester Park Bridge in south west London.

Parts of Wandsworth such as Clapham Common and Battersea were also hit by torrential rain - which saw the road to Queenstown Station "totally shutdown".

Residents in north-east London used buckets, brooms and wooden boards to create makeshift flood defences for their homes, while water gushing from an Underground station was caught on video.

Whipps Cross Hospital said it was “experiencing operational issues” and asked patients to use an alternative A&E “if possible”.

Newham Hospital had a similar appeal, writing on its Twitter account: “Our Emergency Department has flooded in some areas. We’re still here if you need us but to help us while we fix things please attend a neighbouring hospital if possible. Thank you!”

Standon Calling festival in Hertfordshire was also cancelled due to the floods.

The rain brought an end to the heatwave earlier this week, but temperatures are set to rise in most places again on Monday as the storms clear, with the mercury predicted to reach 26C in London, 25C in Edinburgh, 24C in Cardiff, and 22C in Belfast.

The Met Office has predicted early cloud in some northern and eastern parts which will move up to Scotland, and sunny spells and scattered showers in most places throughout the day on Monday.