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Thursday 12 December Published at 00:09
Thursday 12th December
YELLOW WARNING for FOG for South East ENGLAND
Fog patches will become more extensive again on Wednesday evening across parts of southeast England and East Anglia, becoming dense in places. Later in the night this will become more confined to higher ground across the region before clearing later on Thursday morning.
The public should be aware of the potential for disruption to travel.
Valid Wednesday 11th Dec 1800 until Thursday 12th Dec 1000
Thursday 12th December
YELLOW WARNING for WIND for EASTERN SCOTLAND
Strong and gusty southerly winds are expected on Thursday morning. Isolated gusts of 60 to 70 mph are possible across parts of eastern Scotland. The public should be aware that this may cause very localised disruption to travel, with problems for high sided vehicles on prone routes.
Valid Thursday 12th Dec 0000 until 0900.
Thursday 12th December
YELLOW EARLY WARNING for WIND for SCOTLAND, NORTHERN IRELAND and northern ENGLAND
South to southwest winds will increase across many northern parts of the UK on Saturday with gales becoming widespread across Scotland and Northern Ireland along with parts of northern England. There is the potential for severe gales to develop, particularly across northwest Scotland. Gusts of 60-70 mph are likely within the yellow area with a risk of gusts to 80 mph or more across exposed parts of northwest Scotland.
Some heavy rain is also likely, particularly in the west.
The public should be aware that there could be disruption to travel and other outdoor events.
At this stage there remains uncertainty regarding the extent of the strongest winds and so the public are advised to look out for updates to this alert in the coming days.
Valid Saturday 14th Dec 0900 until 2359
Thursday 12th December
YELLOW EARLY WARNING for WIND for northern SCOTLAND
Following severe gales on Saturday there is the risk of further very windy weather across the far north and northwest of Scotland on Sunday. There is the potential for gusts of 70 mph, and perhaps in excess of 80 mph in exposed areas.
There remains considerable uncertainty as to the extent of the very strong winds. However the public should be aware of the risk of further disruption to transport and other outdoor activities and are also advised to monitor the website for updates in the coming days.
Valid Sunday 15th Dec 0005 until 2359
Thursday 12th December 2013
There are no flood warnings in force anywhere in the United Kingdom.
Further updates will appear here.
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 the Environment Agency Flood Warnings
The flood warnings are issued by the Environment Agency and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency 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. Both the Environment Agency (for England and Wales) and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency update their warnings 24 hours a day via the Floodline number.
Floodline - 0845 988 1188
Monday 9 December Published at 10:00
Dreaming of a white Christmas?
December and the start of meteorological winter brought with it some very unsettled weather across much of the British Isles. A major winter storm brought widespread disruption to Scotland and both the north and east of England. Wind gusts reached 80 to 90 mph across Highland Scotland, the Western Isles and Central Belt; 70 to 80 mph more widely across Scotland and 60 to 70 mph across northern England. Scotland's mountain summits saw gusts well in excess of 115 mph.
It wasn't just the wind that caused problems. This deep low pressure system caused the worst tidal surge in 60 years. This coincided with high tides and strong winds to produce widespread coastal flooding along the east coast of England and parts of northern Wales.
The provisional statistics for autumn show that, despite including the St. Jude's Storm, on the whole the season was fairly unremarkable. Temperatures for the season were roughly average with a notably mild October being balanced by a chilly November. Rainfall showed a north-south divide as Scotland and Northern Ireland experienced a rather dry autumn whereas much of southern England had a wetter than average season. The amount of sunshine was above average in many northern and eastern areas but for the UK as a whole, this was, provisionally, the dullest autumn since 2001.
With the weather making headlines at the start of December, will we see further disruptive storms as we approach the New Year? Read on for the details...
Monday 9 December—Sunday 15 December
Mild and settled for the Christmas shopping.
An area of high pressure turns the wind southerly and brings generally mild and settled conditions for most areas this week.
A weather front, sitting across northern and western Scotland, will bring some rain on Monday morning but further south, it will remain dry with just the odd shower for western areas. It will be mild across much of the country, particularly in the east where there will be plenty of sunshine. Winds will begin to increase through the evening approaching gale force in northwest Scotland.
Into Tuesday it will be mild, cloudy and a touch breezy for most, although northwest Scotland will have rain at times coupled with gale force winds, particularly around any exposed coasts. Moving into midweek, the winds will ease and we should see the sun coming out, especially across England, Wales and eastern Scotland, so a very pleasant feel to the conditions. Clearer skies could lead to a touch of overnight frost in the south but it should remain mild by day. This isn't set to last though as winds begin to increase again through Thursday and Friday as a band of rain slowly moves across the whole UK from the west.
As the weekend approaches we will see high pressure start to slide away into Europe allowing for more unsettled conditions, particularly across the north and west, although the south and east is likely to remain dry.
Monday 16 December—Sunday 22 December
Dipping temperatures in the run up to the holidays
The southeast may remain dry with some sunshine and light winds throughout the week, but further north and west, it will be wet with strong winds to start the week. Temperatures are likely to dip slightly to around normal for this time of year, perhaps slightly below average at times in the northwest. The more benign conditions in the southeast may come as a double-edged sword as temperatures here could be rather cold at times with some overnight frost or fog developing. Where any fog persists during the day it will feel cold.
Monday 23 December—Sunday 5 January
Naughty or nice? A bit of both on the cards...
The weather through the festive season and into the New Year looks set to remain unsettled, especially in the north and northwest of the British Isles. It looks likely that these unsettled conditions will slowly push further south and east so the whole country is likely to have some changeable weather for a time. Temperatures will probably stay around normal for the time of year, maybe even slightly above average across the northwest making a white Christmas look unlikely at this stage. It's still too early to give a definitive white Christmas forecast though and we will keep you updated as we move through December.
What does the weather in 2014 have in store?
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 16 December
Wednesday 11 December Published at 14:46
Fog again possible in the southeast tonight. Rain spreading eastwards.
This Evening and Tonight
Variable amounts of cloud in the south and east tonight, which will allow some fog and frost to form, especially in the southeast. It will be cloudier, windier and milder further north with some rain spreading into the northwest.
Rain gradually extending southeastwards, becoming patchy as it spreads over much of England and Wales, remaining dry in the southeast. Rain and strong winds in the north and west easing.
Outlook for Friday to Sunday
Generally unsettled and mild with outbreaks of rain and strong winds affecting many parts, especially the north and west. Gales at times in the northwest, locally severe.