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Saturday 28 February Published at 12:30
Issued by the Met Office
YELLOW WARNING of WIND for Northern Ireland and central and southern Scotland.
Updated: 1157 on Saturday 28th February.
Valid from: 1700 on Saturday 28th February
to: 0400 on Sunday 1st March
Very strong winds are expected on Saturday evening and overnight into Sunday, wind gusts of 50-60 mph quite widely, and in excess of 70 mph over exposed coasts, hills and some bridges.
The public should be aware of the potential for disruption to travel and power supplies.
About the Met Office Weather Warnings
BBC Weather carries two types of weather warnings issued by the Met Office: Warnings and Early Warnings.
Warnings will be issued when severe weather is expected within the next 24 hours.
Early Warnings will be issued more than 24 hours ahead of severe weather.
There are three categories of event Red, Amber and Yellow - the most severe is Red.
A Warning and an Early Warning of the same colour have the same severity but are forecast to arrive at different times. Thus, the difference between a Red Warning and a Red Early Warning is the lead time of the event.
When a warning is in force, full information can be found at Met Office Weather Warnings
About Flood Warnings
The flood warnings are issued by the Environment Agency, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Natural Resources Wales, and sent to the BBC Weather Centre. We then issue a compendium of warnings based on the latest information available. When severe flood warnings are issued they will also be highlighted on TV broadcasts.
Find out more about Flood Warnings
There are a number of ways you find out whether your area is at risk from flooding. The Environment Agency, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Natural Resources Wales update their warnings 24 hours a day via the Floodline number.
Floodline - 0345 988 1188
Monday 23 February Published at 10:00
Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring?
This coming week marks the final week of meteorological winter and what has it got in store? Well, fairly standard winter weather with areas of low pressure lining up to the east of the USA aiming directly towards us. What to expect - spells of wind and rain interspersed by brighter and showery weather with a marked swing in the temperature day by day.
Monday 23 February—Monday 2 March
The final week of meteorological winter
Monday starts with a deep area of low pressure moving across the north of Scotland bringing strong winds to all and a mixture of sunshine and showers. The showers will have a wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow. Snow will mostly be confined to hills of England and Wales, though it could fall to low levels over Scotland and Northern Ireland temporarily. A very similar situation will persist into Tuesday with sunshine and scattered wintry showers. It will windy for all both days with gales possible anywhere, the winds most severe for the northwest. On Wednesday it is likely we will see a brief interlude of calmer weather with some brighter, drier weather before the next Atlantic system pushes in, late in the day. The associated band of rain is sluggish to clear on Thursday giving a fairly soggy start for the south and east though, even here, it should brighten up later with plenty of showers packing in from the northwest. And that is how we leave the week, with sunshine and showers on Friday awaiting the next bout of wind and rain at the weekend.
Monday 2 March—Sunday 8 March
New month new weather pattern?
We start the first week of march with a continuing unsettled theme however as we progress though the week, pressure may start to build towards the south of the country with low pressure becoming increasingly confined to northern areas. It is likely that there will still be bouts of wet and windy weather with gales for north-western areas. But interspersed amongst the low pressure will be sunnier periods, these most frequent across the south of the UK.
Monday 9 March—Sunday 22 March
The first signs of spring?
As we move into mid-march it looks like occasional signs of spring-like weather may start to appear over the UK, especially in the south. It looks as though there will still be spells of wet and windy weather from time to time but there is an increasing trend for high pressure to build in from the south. This would typically bring some sunny spells by day but chilly nights with the risk of overnight fog and patches of frost.
As the clocks spring forward to British Summer Time, what will the weather bring?
Monthly forecastingThe weather beyond about a week ahead stretches even the most experienced weather forecaster. Complex numerical weather forecast models from the Met Office and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) are run many times for the month (and season) ahead to build up a picture of the likelihood of different weather types affecting the UK.
Next update at 10:00, Monday 2 March
Saturday 28 February Published at 15:37
Very windy with gales for many. Rain moving east.
This Evening and Tonight
Very windy with gales for many, locally severe across Northern Ireland and southern Scotland. Rain moving east across the UK, but more persistent in the northwest where also the heaviest. Clearer, colder, showery conditions spreading from the west later.
Gales continuing at first, but winds easing through the day. Sunshine and blustery showers, heaviest and increasingly wintry in northwest. A spell of heavy rain moving across the south later.
Outlook for Monday to Wednesday
Windy, perhaps gales in places through Monday and Tuesday, with wintry showers, becoming more persistent at times in the northwest. Turning drier from the west on Wednesday.