24/04/2012 14:49 BST

UK Weather: Flooding Leaves Essex Woman Trapped In Car Amid Heavy Rain Warnings

A woman who became stuck in rising flood water in Essex said she thought she "was going to die" after getting caught in the deluge.

Heavy rain across the south of England on Monday night caught the motorist unawares, with water pooling up to three feet deep in roads across the county.

Her Mercedes A Class car failed to cope and Essex County Fire and Rescue Service crews were mobilised. With more heavy rain on its way, Essex Fire Service is warning motorists to approach flooded roads with extreme care and not to drive through deeply flooded fords.

Severe weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office as Britain huddles under its collective umbrella. Some areas could see the same amount of rain usually seen in a month.

Bands of rain wil move north across southern parts of England and Wales during Tuesday night, followed by heavy and locally thundery downpours for Wednesday, predicts the Met Office.

Aberdeenshire has also been given a yellow "be aware" warning, with the met office stressing that people should be aware of the risk of "standing water and spray on the roads" as well as some localised flooding.

Weatherwise, it's a bleak outlook for Britain, coming after independent forecasters predicted that May could be the coldest for 100 years. And despite the wet conditions, half of Britain is still officially in drought.

A hosepipe ban is officially in force in many southern and eastern counties, with the Environment Agency warning that the drought could last until Christmas. Groundwater supplies will only be saturated after "large and consistent amounts of steady rain" over a two monthperiod.