UK weather forecast tomorrow – Washout expected as heavy rain to hit London, Glasgow & Bristol – Live Met Office updates

THE Met Office has warned of "intense rainfall" just as the UK begins to warm-up following a record-breaking cold snap.

Three days of heavy rain are forecast for much of the country this week.

The Met Office said: “The latest radar shows that lines of intense rainfall known as line convection have developed within a frontal rainband this morning

“There will be spray and standing water on the roads, so take care if you're out on an essential journey in this heavy rain.”

The warning come as a heat pocket may see temperatures in the south rocket – despite the UK being soaked by a rain and wind over the weekend.

The capital could reach a balmy 17C next weekend with sunny spells making it feel positively spring like.

Melting snow and torrential rain have sparked 67 flood warnings and alerts as temperatures rocketed to 13C yesterday.

But Scotland, Northern Ireland, and parts of northern England will get more snow this week, sparking Met Office alerts for poor conditions.

Follow our weather live blog below for the latest news and updates from around the country

  • Joseph Gamp

    UK WEATHER FORECAST FOR THURSDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

    The Met Office has said in it's long range forecast for the rest of this week that rain will clear eastwards on Thursday.

    This will bring showers and moderate temperatures, before rain picks up momentum in western areas over Friday and Saturday, falling heavy locally.

    The temperatures remain mostly mild, but Saturday brings a welcome dose of sunshine.

    Expect sunny spells and the chance of rain.

  • Joseph Gamp

    IPHONE USERS CAN NOW TELL EXACTLY WHAT TIME IT WILL START OR STOP RAINING

    A nifty new feature on Apple Weather that you may not be aware of can tell you the EXACT time it is predicted to stop or start raining.

    It even offers a countdown too so you can plan when you need a brolly.

    The new feature on Weather app on iPhone also predicts whether the said rain will be a drizzle or a downpour.

    Apple Weather's new feature tells you the EXACT time it's predicted to stop or start raining.
  • Joseph Gamp

    SUNNY SPELLS AND BLUSTERY HEAVY SHOWERS ACROSS THE UK – MET OFFICE

  • Olivia Burke

    BILLION DOLLAR MET OFFICE SUPERCOMPUTER KEPT OUTSIDE UK

    The Met Office want to keep a brand new £1.2 billion supercomputer system outside of the UK.

    According to the Mail on Sunday, well-placed sources say the "most advanced computer the world" guzzles energy.

    Bosses are concerned the huge energy drainage will diminish the Met's public appeal to fight climate change.

    Only a fifth of the UK's supply is from renewable energy sources, whereas Norway acquires 99 per cent of its energy from 31 hydropower plants.

    The Met Office's current system uses the same amount of energy as it takes to power 1,500 homes.

  • Olivia Burke

    HULL HOTTER THAN GREECE

    Hull could be hotter than the Greek islands this weekend as temperatures soar after Britain's cold snap.

    Met Office forecasters said that milder weather will begin from the start of the week, with highs of 11C and 12C across Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

    The warmer climate is likely to bring some showers along with it though, particularly during Tuesday afternoon.

    On the other hand, Crete is chilly with highs of just 5C and Mykonos struggles to reach double figures this weekend.

  • Olivia Burke

    WHAT TIME DOES THE SUN SET IN LONDON TONIGHT?

    Lucky us, we've been sneaking a few extra moments of sunshine each day as Spring approaches, which inevitably means the sun sets later on in the evening.

    But what time is it setting in the capital tonight?

    The sun starts to set at 5:17pm today.

  • Olivia Burke

    WHAT HAPPENED DURING STORM DENNIS?

    This time last year, storm Dennis was wreaking havoc across the UK just one week after storm Ciara.

    The country was drowning in heavy, persistent rain spurred by strong winds, with western upland parts of the UK experiencing 50 to 100 mm rainfall on saturated ground.

    The Met Office issued a Red Warning for rain across south Wales and the Environment Agency sent almost 600 flood warnings, ahead of widespread flooding that destroyed communities.

    South Wales, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire suffered from severe flooding resulting in major incidents being declared. The River Wye and River Severn which were reported to have reached
    their highest-ever levels.

  • Olivia Burke

    EDINBURGH FORECAST FOR TODAY

    Today is mostly dry and bright with bouts of sunshine. Some showers, mainly in the southwest. Temperatures are mild with fresh southwesterly winds. Maximum temperature 10C.

    The evening is mainly dry with clear spells. Showers and winds ease, forming space for a patchy frost to develop. The southwest brings wet and windy conditions later on. Minimum temperature 2C.

  • Olivia Burke

    OUTLOOK FOR THURSDAY TO SATURDAY

    The rain clears eastwards on Thursday, bringing showers and moderate temperatures.

    Rain picks up momentum in western areas over Friday and Saturday, falling heavy locally.

    The temperatures remain mostly mild, but Saturday brings a welcome dose of sunshine.

    Expect sunny spells and the chance of rain.

  • Dan Keane

    WALES HIT BY HUGE WAVES

    Aberystwyth, on the coast of west Wales, has been hit by huge waves today.

    It's been a story day on the seafront, where people gathered this afternoon.

    However, heavy rain is expected to clear in the area at around 5pm, according to Weather.com.

    Credit: Alamy Live News
  • Dan Keane

    SWIRL OF CLOUDS OVER SCOTLAND

    The latest Met Office satellite images show a swirl of clouds over the northwest of Scotland.

  • Olivia Burke

    MINI POLLEN BOMB

    Brits could be battling a "mini pollen bomb" as temperatures drastically switch from cold to warm.

    Expecting temperatures of up to 17C, the sudden change to spring-like temperatures could see clouds of allergens released into the air.

    Airborne allergens expert Max Wiseberg said: "If we get weather that’s warmer than normal for the time of year this could create a mini pollen bomb with flurries of alder, hazel, elm and willow pollen exploding into the air."

    "This would make a very early start to the hay fever season, so sufferers should ensure they’re adequately prepared," he told the Telegraph.

  • Olivia Burke

    HOW COLD WAS IT LAST WEEK?

    On Wednesday night last week, the UK’s coldest temperature for 65 years was recorded in Aberdeenshire when locals endured -23C.

    The River Thames froze over for the first time in 60 years as the Beast from the East 2 blasted Britain.

    The Baltic blast froze Trafalgar Square's fountains and brought large amounts of snowfall to regions across the country.

    In Derbyshire's High Peak area, the impressive Kinder Downfall also froze, turning the 98ft waterfall into a slippery climbing wall.

    A record low temperature for February was also recorded in England and Wales when temperatures in Ravensworth, North Yorkshire, dropped to minus 15.3C overnight on Thursday.

  • Olivia Burke

    MET OFFICE ON WARMER WEATHER

    Chief Meteorologist Neil Armstrong of the Met Office said: “For the past week the UK has been in a very cold airmass with temperatures well below average.

    "This will change through the weekend as milder air moves in from the Atlantic and pushes that cold airmass out into the North Sea. 

    “From Monday the whole UK will be in the warmer air mass, with daytime temperatures reaching 12-13C in the south, replacing days which never got above freezing the week before.”

  • Olivia Burke

    MUM GIFTED YEAR SUPPLY OF FREE MILK AFTER HELPING LORRY IN SNOW

    A kind-hearted mum has received a year's supply of free milk after shoving a lorry up a snow-covered hill.

    Charlene Leslie went viral after she was filmed giving a Graham's milk truck a helping hand in Cowdenbeath, Fife, as Storm Darcy brought heavy snow and the coldest temperatures for 26 years.

    Dr Robert Graham Snr, Chairman of Graham’s The Family Dairy said, "Charlene’s intentions were incredibly kind. She not only made our family, farmers and colleagues smile, but clearly captured the hearts of thousands of people across the world who also watched her help others, without a thought for her own safety.

    "Although she is a real-life superwoman, for health and safety reasons we must advise others not to follow her actions.

    "As a heartfelt thank you, Charlene and her family will receive our milk and high protein dairy products free for the rest of the year."

  • Olivia Burke

    Rare snow hits Athens not seen in the city centre for several decades:

     

  • Olivia Burke

    YELLOW RAIN WARNINGS ISSUED FOR WEEKEND

    Flood warnings were put into place this afternoon as heavy rain is set to hit the UK this weekend.

    Residents in Central, Tayside & Fife, Grampian, South West Scotland,Lothian Borders and Strathclyde have been issued a yellow warning from Friday morning to the night.

    People should expect some flooding and travel disruption, with bus and train services delayed.

    South West England and Wales are also on alert with yellow flood warnings.

  • Olivia Burke

    HOW ARE FLOOD VICTIMS A YEAR ON FROM STORM DENNIS?

    Communities are still assessing the devastation caused by Storm Dennis, locals say a year on from the floods.

    Vanessa Pitman and Paul Cooper told the BBC this year has been a "rollercoaster ride", after losing their treasured possesions by the rising water in Taff's Well.

    Claire Instrell explained she has become more prepared, saying she has a bag packed and ready to go whenever heavy rain is forecast.

    "I'm not hanging about again," she said.

    Mair Hughes told of her continued concern after water ravaged her home last year, saying, "You're just living on the edge really, just waiting. Is it going to happen again?"

  • Olivia Burke

    WHAT STORM NAMES ARE LEFT FOR 2021?

    After "Name our Storms" launched in 2015, we have had used a range of humorous honorific titles to refer to our weather anomalies.

    Storm Darcy was the latest tempest to take over the UK in early February.

    But what names can we expect to see throughout 2021?

    The storm names, which descend in alphabetical order, left include: Evert, Fleur, Gavin, Heulwen, Iain, Julia, Klaas, Lilah, Minne, Naia, Oscar, Phoebe, Ravi, Saidhbhín, Tobias, Veronica, and Wilson.

  • Olivia Burke

    DID YOU SNOW…

    Despite being constantly smothered in it at the minute, how much do you actually know about snow?

    The falling ice crystals appear in many forms – but it is the journey which makes it unique.

    If you ever wondered why sometimes snow sticks together and sometimes it is powdery and loose, carry on reading.

    Dry snow, ideal for skiing but not for starting your igloo, doesn't stick together. This is because the snowflakes have fallen through a cool, dry atmosphere, making them small and powdery.

    Wet snow is formed by snowflakes falling through temperatures slightly higher than 0C. The edges of the snowflake melt slightly as they fall, before sticking together to create large, sturdy flakes. This snow is an ideal substance for snowball fights and building snowmen.

  • Olivia Burke

    WHEN DOES WINTER END?

    After experiencing a tumultuous winter, to say the least, the lengthier spans of sunlight are signaling the end of the cold season.

    But when does winter actually end this year?

    Temperatures are slowly increasing across the UK, ahead of the end of winter on March 20, 2021.

    The beginning of March is set to see the country take a dry turn as high pressure becomes dominant, with drier and milder weather conditions.

  • Olivia Burke

    WHAT IS THE POLAR VORTEX AND WHY DOES IT MAKE THE UK COLD?

    Changes in the polar vortex directly affect the UK's weather, but what is a polar vortex?

    The polar vortex is a circulation of winds high up in the stratosphere, up to 30 miles (50 km) above the Earth.

    It is present and prominent phenomenon during winter which scientists have been aware of for a long time.

    Winds in the polar vortex exceed 250km per hour – similar to the strength of the winds in the strongest hurricanes, Category 5.

    During the winter season, the polar vorext strengthens and weakens – changes which exert an influence further down in the atmosphere and on UK weather.

  • Olivia Burke

    NORTHERN IRELAND NAB TOP SPOT TEMPS

    After falling victim to a severe bout of snow, Northern Ireland managed to hit the UK's highest temperatures last Sunday.

    It reached double figures in Armagh and was a stunning 13.3C.

    Spring is coming!

  • Dan Keane

    WEDNESDAY TO BE DULL AND RAINY

    Wednesday will be a generally dull day with variable amounts of cloud cover and some showers will develop, according to Meteogroup.

    There will be longer spells of rain across northern Scotland which may be wintry at times and will be heavy across western areas, the forecaster added.

     

  • Dan Keane

    ODDS-ON FOR TEMPERATURES TO REACH 20C THIS MONTH IN THE UK

    Leading bookmaker Coral makes it odds-on at 4-5 for temperatures to hit 20C or higher this month in the UK.

    The firm also goes 5-4 for this spring to be the hottest on record.

    “With temperatures warming up fast this week, we are now odds-on for 20C or higher being recorded in the UK this month,” said Coral’s John Hill.

    “It has been a welcome change this week after a long spell of freezing weather. Hopefully it is a sign we are set for a spectacular spring,” added Hill.

    Credit: � Terry Harris

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