Downpours and flooding have swamped parts of London and the south-east. London Fire Brigade received hundreds of calls of weather-related incidents, including some reports of flooding and lightning strikes. There were delays and cancellations across the Tube network as Transport for London grappled to bring floodwaters under control.

London flooding
A car is abandoned under a bridge in Battersea after getting stuck in floodwaterJack Taylor/Getty Images

There are fears the heavy rain and flooding could discourage voters from heading to polling stations for the EU referendum. Keep up to date with the latest EU referendum news on our live blog.

News photographers have filed some great pictures, and Twitter has been awash with photos and videos of the deluge, using the hashtag #flooding.

London flooding
A woman steps through water as she crosses a flooded street in BatterseaCarl Court/Getty Images
London flooding
Chelsea pensioners are reflected in a puddle after casting their ballot papers at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, west LondonLeon Neal/AFP

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