Brits battling devastating flash floods amazed to spot mermaid going for a swim

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Heavy downpours have caused flooding across the UK in the past few days, as climate change continues to play havoc with the weather.

But one Glasgow resident spotted the most dramatic sign of the changing world yet, as a mermaid swam past his window yesterday.

Gavin Millar, who snapped the photos, said he lives on the top floor in a flat in Battlefield Gardens on the south side of the city and is currently unable to leave his flat, reports the Daily Record.

The incredible sight came as streets across the city dealt with torrential downpours that saw many streets and roads across Glasgow flooded as drainage systems struggled to cope.

Torrential rain across Scotland has closed railway lines, flooded streets and at least one case led to a motorist abandoning their car being abandoned after it became submerged in water.

Network Rail reported that the tunnels at Dalmuir, north west of Glasgow, had been left unusable by 5ft of floodwater and even as far south as London, Stepney Green and Holborn underground ratios had to be closed as a result of flooding,

The south-east of England has, according to Met Office meteorologist Becky Mitchell, already had 111% of its average rainfall for the summer.

The most severely-hit areas so far have been Surrey, which has already had 126% of its average rainfall this summer; the City of London, which has seen 143% of it expected rain for the season and the Isle of Wight, which has incredibly seen 174% of its average summer rainfall.

The Met Office issued a yellow thunderstorm warning from 4am until midnight on Saturday, covering Northern Ireland, north Wales, northern England and right up into central Scotland.

There is some respite on the horizon though. Becky Mitchell said that while it’s going to stay quite changeable, at least for the next week, “as we head towards the end of August, there’s a likelihood we’ll see a hotter spell of weather and drier, more settled weather across the whole of the UK.”

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