Getaway chaos as pile-ups close M25 and M1 and thousands hit the beach on the first day of school holidays

DRIVERS experienced chaos today as pile-ups closed the M25 and the M1 after multiple crashes.

And in that traffic were the thousands of Brits who hit the beach on the first day of the school holidays.

This morning an incident involving a lorry, two vans and two cars happened before 6am on the M26 near Sevenoaks that caused severe delays.

Traffic was held up on the other side of the motorway due to a separate incident that involved an overturned car, Kent Online reports.

Meanwhile, mayhem continued for drivers on the M1 in Leicestershire after an incident with a lorry and two cars.

The three-vehicle collision happened around 3:15 this afternoon and the incident was dealt with by Highways England, Leicestershire Police confirmed.

The M2 eastbound also had two lanes shut today after an incident between Junction 3 and Junction 4.

Today saw thousands of families travel around the country to enjoy the first day of the school holidays.

The M5 motorway near Bristol saw cars come to a complete stop with heavy traffic as people headed south for the summer holidays.

Beaches in Dorset were packed with Brits enjoying the last of the good weather.

Thunderstorm warnings have been issued for almost the entire country as Brits face a whipping three-week washout.

Three days of Met Office alerts are in force from today after torrential rain battered hospitals, homes and Tube stations in London.

Flood-ravaged Brits have been warned to prepare for three more days of storm misery – with much-longed-for summer holidays on hold.

A string of new warnings has been issued for rain between today and Thursday after Sunday’s downpour. 

All of the alerts miss the capital – in news that will come as a relief to Londoners already facing huge disruption. Today's covers an area between Kent and East Sussex.

Tomorrow, a stretch of the country between northern Scotland and mid-Wales face downpours, while on Wednesday, Scotland and parts of England between Carlisle and Worcester will take a thumping.

And this week, meteorologists have predicted breezy weather with plenty of rain this week as the UK languishes in an area of low pressure.

Until the middle of next month, we're likely to be battered by rain blown in straight from Iceland.

Sarah Kent, of the Met Office, said: “Sunny spells on Monday morning will give way to torrential downpours in the afternoon.

"These will be slow-moving but they will be hit and miss.”

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