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Weather forecast today – UK Met Office warns of SEVERE cold over weekend with bitter winds and heavy rain lasting a week


THE Met Office has warned of “severe” cold over the weekend with bitter winds and heavy rain.

A cold spell is forecast to sweep through the country lasting until next Thursday – making it another week of miserable weather for many Brits.

Dr Ishani Kar-Purkayastha, a Public Health England consultant, said people should heat their homes to at least 18C during the cold snap – adding that this was especially important for over-65s and those with reduced mobility.

“Keep moving too if you can. Get up and walk around and spread housework throughout the day to help keep yourself warm. Food is also a vital source of energy so have plenty of hot food and drinks,” she added.

“Remember to check up on frail or older neighbours and relatives at this time, particularly if they live alone, and remember to follow Covid-19 social distancing guidance when looking out for others.”

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  • ‘QUITE BREAZY’

    Mr Deakin added that it would be “quite breezy” in southwest and northeast of England.

    Elsewhere, however, the winds would be “light”.

    Temperatures will range from 7-11C.

  • MET OFFICE: FLOODING OF A FEW HOMES IS POSSIBLE

    The Met Office has told The Independent that “flooding of a few homes is possible” and warned of disruption to transport ahead of a rainy weekend.

    Meteorologist Alex Deakin said “rain really building up through the day could cause some problems”, adding there would be “maybe 100mm over the higher ground.”

  • COLD AND GREY ON THE SOUTH-EAST COAST

    Another cold and grey day in Sheerness, Kent, with patches of fog.

    Credit: Alamy Live News
  • ‘BITTERLY COLD AIR’ COULD HIT IN DECEMBER

    Brian Gaze from the Weather Outlook has warned “bitterly cold air” could head over from Europe through the rest of December.

    He told the Express: “During the Christmas and New Year period things are very uncertain right now.

    “Computer models are showing the possibility of bitterly cold air moving westwards across mainland Europe.

    “There is a chance of it reaching the UK but at the moment the chance looks to be between 20 and 30 percent, so it’s not the most probable outcome.”

  • ‘WHITE CHRISTMAS’ ON THE CARDS

    “It is going to a washout over the next few days and with the amount of rain likely to fall across the UK, we could be set for the wettest December on record,” said Coral’s John Hill.

    “Looking further ahead, the prospects of a White Christmas are increasing all the time. The question now may not be if snow will fall, but how much on the big day” added Hill.

  • ODDS CUT ON WETTEST DECEMBER ON RECORD

    Leading bookmaker Coral has cut the odds on this month being the wettest December on record to evens (from 5-4).

    The firm is offering 1-2 for there being a White Christmas (snow in any major city in the UK on Christmas Day) this year, while it is odds-on at 4-6 to be the coldest winter ever.

    Coral is also betting on the individual cities where snow will fall on Christmas Day. Edinburgh and Glasgow are both 3-1 to see the white stuff on the big day, Manchester is 4-1 and London is 5-1.

  • TORRENTIAL RAIN FEARS

    Torrential rain is set to spoil this weekend for many Brits, reports the Mirror.

    A yellow heavy rain warning is still in place in Scotland, where up to 4 inches is expected to fall today.

    There are six flood alerts in England, three in Scotland and one in Wales.

  • FLOOD ALERTS IN PLACE IN SCOTLAND

    Churchill Barriers in Orkney, Scotland currently has a flood alert in place, making it the first area to see warnings ahead of a wet weekend.

    The warning reads: “A combination of high tides and strong southeasterly winds means there is a high risk of wave overtopping and hazardous conditions at the Churchill Barriers during the next 24 hours.

    “Road closures are possible around the time of high tide which is around 8am on Friday morning and around 8pm on Friday evening.”

    Flood alerts are also in place for Aberdeen, Dundee and Angus, and Tayside.

  • THICK FOG SEEN IN ENGLAND

    Thick fog has descended on Oxfordshire this morning.

    Dunsden is seen here covered in mist, with more expected across the South today.

  • ‘CLOUDY DAY’

    It will be a “cloudy” day for most Brits, according to BBC Weather’s Simon King.

    In his morning update, he said: “For most of us its going to stay cloudy, with temperatures getting to about 6 to 11 degrees.

    “For the weekend and on Saturday, something a bit drier and quieter.

    “There’ll be some sunshine coming in from the West with a ridge of high pressure developing.

    “But by Sunday the next area of low pressure moves in bringing wetter and windier weather for all of us.”

  • BRITS SET FOR RAINY SATURDAY MORNING

    Brits are set for a rainy Saturday morning across the country, according to Meteogroup.

    The forecaster says showers will gradually head eastwards throughout the day, leaving a dry afternoon for western Scotland and England, and a damp one for eastern England and Scotland.

    The evening will be dry for most, although parts of Scotland will have drizzle.

  • TONIGHT’S FORECAST

    Remaining wet in parts of eastern Scotland, while low cloud and mist affects other eastern areas. 

    Further west a few clearer interludes but also some showery rain, especially near coasts.  

  • TODAY’S FORECAST

    Wet weather in the east becoming focused in eastern Scotland, while many other central and eastern areas stay dull and drizzly with hill fog. 

    Some southern and south-western areas milder, occasionally brighter but with scattered sharp showers, especially near coasts. 

  • UK WEATHER WARNING

    The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning in parts of Scotland for rain today.

    It is expected to stay in place until noon. 

    The Met Office warns that heavy rain may lead to flooding places and disruption to transport.

  • MILD START TO FRIDAY MORNING

    It will be a mild start to Friday as early morning temperatures could reach 11C on the south coast.

    Heavy rain from Thursday evening will continue overnight and into the morning, particularly along the east coast of England.

    In the North West, the Midlands and parts of Wales, it will remain dry but overcast.

    Londoners will wake up to some light drizzle but that will clear throughout the morning.





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