UK weather forecast – Torrential rain, wind and burst river banks spark flood warnings across Britain

THE Met Office has warned of heavy rainfall just as Britain recovers following the cold snap – with flood warnings in place across the nation.

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

The capital could reach a balmy 17Cthis 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 on Monday and Tuesday.

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

  • Britta Zeltmann

    FLOOD ALERT

    There are currently 66 flood alerts in place across England along with five flood warnings where immediate action is required, according to the Environment Agency.

    The alerts cover a wide spread of England including the south, central, northern and eastern parts of the country.

    It comes as heavy rain gets set to batter parts of Wales, Cornwall and Devon this weekend, with The Met Office issuing weather warnings for rain over the next four days.

  • Katie Davis

    SCOTS BRACED FOR 70MPH WIND

    Gusts of wind could reach up to 70mph in Scotland this afternoon.

    A yellow weather warning for wind is in place for Highlands and Eilean Siar.

    Strong winds may cause travel disruption, the Met Office has warned.

  • Katie Davis

    UP TO 100MM OF RAIN POSSIBLE

    Following recent rain, and further showers due on Thursday, another band of rain is expected to become slow moving over Wales and western England on Friday, according to the Met Office.

    While many places will see a spell of heavy rain, high ground of southwest England and south Wales, exposed to the south, will likely see the largest rainfall totals.

    Some 70-100mm of rain is possible here, with the most exposed parts of Dartmoor and the Brecon Beacons potentially seeing up to 150mm by Sunday lunchtime.

    The rain should clear come Sunday afternoon.

  • Katie Davis

    HEAVY RAIN DUE THIS WEEKEND

    Heavy rain is set to batter parts of Wales, Cornwall and Devon this weekend.

    The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for some parts of these areas.

    Persistent and at times heavy rain may result in flooding and disruption to transport and utilities.

  • Katie Davis

    WEATHER WARNINGS FOR RAIN

    Yellow weather warnings for rain have been issued for the next four days.

    Tomorrow, a warning for heavy rain is in place for parts of Scotalnd.

    Come Friday, the warning is extended to cover more of Scotland and parts of Wales and and south-west England.

    This will remain in place over the weekend for parts of Cornwall, Devon and Wales.

  • Katie Davis

    FLOODING IN ESSEX

    Several areas are under flood alerts issued by the Environment Agency.

    In Essex, roads have flooded in the Brentwood area.

    This driver was spotted trying to battle through the water this morning.

    Road near Brentwood, Essex, has flooded this morningCredit: Stephen Huntley/HVC

     

  • Katie Davis

    THIS AFTERNOON'S FORECAST

    After some sunny spells this morning and heavy rain, occasional showers will return north across England and Wales through this afternoon.

    Rain will move northwards this evening, followed by clear spells in the east.

    Further rain is forecast for tonight, some heavy, in the west along with strong winds.

    It is due to then colder, with a risk of hill snow in far west later.

  • Katie Davis

    CONTINUED: YORKSHIRE FLOODING RISK

    "The level of Frodingham Beck at Frodingham Bridge has risen slightly above 1.35m.

    "The last of the melting snow, and rain last night, are expected to keep levels high.

    "Our incident response staff are checking defences and closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses, and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers which may be flooded."

    The fear is people will be swept away if rivers burst their banks.

    Residents with riverside homes and in seaside towns at risk of being swamped had sandbags at the ready.

  • Katie Davis

    SEVERE RISK OF FLOODING IN YORKSHIRE

    The Flood Information Service has issued an 'immediate action required' warning to people in Yorkshire.

    Low lying properties in the Upper Hull catchment, River Hull at Hull Bridge and Beverley and the Roam Drain and River Hull at Hempholme are all at severe risk of flooding

    A spokesman said: "Incident response teams are checking defences and closely monitoring the situation in Yorkshire.

    "This flood warning remains in force as river levels remain high following recent rainfall.

    "Consequently, flooding of low-lying property, roads, and farmland in the upper River Hull catchment is expected."

  • Katie Davis

    STORM LEAVES MILLIONS WITHOUT POWER IN US

    Storm Uri has left millions of people across the US without power.

    In Texas, extreme winter weather, frozen wind turbines and high demand for electricity have led to rolling power blackouts.

    Power outages have hit most major cities in Texas, including Dallas, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio.

    This morning, more than 3million people across the state are without power as the mercury dropped to just five degrees in Dallas with thick snow falling across Texas.

    All of Texas is under a winter storm warning, and President Joe Biden declared an emergency in the state.

  • Katie Davis

    IN PICS: RAIN IN LONDON

    Walkers have braved the rainy weather for a stroll in the city.

    Even a runner was spotted out in the Tower Bridge area despite conditions.

    Today there will be persistent light showers throughout the day in London.

    Walkers enjoying the view at Tower Bridge in LondonCredit: PA:Press Association
    A runner out in the rain in LondonCredit: PA:Press Association

     

  • Katie Davis

    ADVICE FOR THOSE UNDER FLOOD WARNING

    The Environment Agency has this advice for those living in areas where a flood warning has been issued:

    • turn off gas, water and electricity
    • move things upstairs or to safety
    • move family, pets and car to safety

    FLOOD WARNING: AFFECTED AREAS

    The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings for several areas – meaning immediate action is required.

    The affected areas are:

    • B1040 Thorney to Whittlesey Road to the South of the River Nene
    • Low lying properties in the Upper Hull catchment
    • River Hull at Hull Bridge and Beverley
    • Roam Drain and River Hull at Hempholme
    • The River Burn from South Creake to Burnham Thorpe

    WATCH: TODAY'S FORECAST

    The Met Office said: “Rain, locally heavy, clearing the east this morning, followed by sunny spells, but frequent heavy showers and gales affecting the far north-west.

    “Occasional rain then returning north across England and Wales through the afternoon and evening.”

    WHAT IS THE COLD WEATHER PAYMENT?

    When temperatures are recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees or below for seven consecutive days on average between November 1 and March 31, eligible Brits are entitled to extra money to heat their homes.

    You get £25 for every seven day period where the weather is below 0C during this time frame.

    You can check if your area has had a cold weather payment by popping your postcode into the government's tool from November 1 onwards.

    After each period of very cold weather in your area, those eligible for the scheme should receive payments within 14 working days.

    It’s paid into the same bank or building society account as the one used to pay benefits, and doesn’t affect any other allowances you may claim.

    • Katie Davis

      COLDEST NIGHT IN MORE THAN 25 YEARS

      The recorded temperature of -23C last week is the lowest in more than 25 years, The Met Office said.

      The incredible conditions in Braemar, Aberdeenshire were the lowest February temperatures since 1955.

      It was the UK’s coldest night since December 30, 1995.

    • Katie Davis

      FORECAST FROM TOMORROW

      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.

    • Katie Davis

      WEATHER WARNING FOR WIND

      A yellow weather warning for wind has been issued by the Met Office for parts of Scotland.

      South or south-westerly winds will strengthen again today with gusts reaching 60-70mph quite widely, and even up to 75mph in a few locations.

      Strong winds may cause travel disrption.

      Affected regions are Highlands and Eilean Siar.

    • Katie Davis

      TODAY'S FORECAST FOR LONDON

      It'll be a cloudy day for the capital with persistent light rain through much of the morning and afternoon.

      Temperatures will reach around 11C, and it'll feel wild.

      Tonight it will be cloudy with rain initially but will become drier, with some clear spells overnight.

      Lows of 6C overnight.

    • Katie Davis

      HAY FEVER WARNING AS TEMP SWITCH COULD CAUSE 'POLLEN BOMB'

      Hay fever sufferers have been warned a temperature surge could trigger a "pollen bomb" during the half-term holidays.

      It comes just a week after ten inches of snow blanketed Britain as temperatures plunged to -23C during the coldest night in 65 years.

      Now, temperatures could hit up to 17C by Saturday, which could cause a "mini pollen bomb" due to the switch from extreme cold to warmer weather.

      Max Wiseberg, airborne allergens expert and creator of HayMax, 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."

    • Katie Davis

      FLOOD WARNINGS ISSUES AS RAIN BATTERS COUNTRY

      Dozens of flood alerts have been issued by the Environment Agency, warning householders and businesses that river levels are rising.

      They had been high already thanks to melting snow from last week's big freeze, and so heavy rain is worsening the situation.

      Seaside towns face a double whammy because of high spring tides washing over coastal defences.

      An "immediate action required" warning have been issued for those living in Yorkshire.

      Three areas are at severe risk of flooding and residents should prepare.

    • Abe Hawken

      TOMORROW'S FORECAST

      The Met Office added: "Band of rain moving east, then colder with sunshine and showers, these wintry on hills in the north and west.

      "Windy with rain and hill snow in the north-west."

    • Abe Hawken

      TONIGHT'S FORECAST

      The Met Office added: "Rain moving north, followed by clear spells in east.

      "Further rain, some heavy, in the west along with strong winds, then colder with risk hill snow in far west later."

    • Abe Hawken

      TODAY'S FORECAST

      The Met Office said: "Rain, locally heavy, clearing the east this morning, followed by sunny spells, but frequent heavy showers and gales affecting the far north-west.

      "Occasional rain then returning north across England and Wales through the afternoon and evening."

    • Joseph Gamp

      ENVIRONMENT AGENCY ISSUES 61 FLOOD ALERTS ACROSS UK

      Britain has seen flood warnings in place following the UK's records Flood warnings are in place across the country as temperatures leap after UK’s record-breaking Big Freeze comes to an end.

      In a sudden switch from snow and sub-zero temperatures during Beast from the East II, the mercury could soar as high as 17C by the weekend.

      The Environment Agency has six flood warnings and 61 flood alerts for England.

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