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Thursday 18 January Published at 09:02

UK Warnings

Weather Warning

Issued by the Met Office


Between 05:55 Thu 18th and 11:00 Thu 18th

Ice is likely to continue to be a problem in places this morning. This will be due to a mix of clear spells and wintry showers in the north and west of Scotland, with some further accumulations of snow on hills. Further south, across Northern Ireland, northern England and parts of southern and central Scotland, overnight rain, sleet and (in places) heavy snow is clearing to allow icy stretches to develop in places. Some roads and railways are likely to be affected with longer journey times. Injuries may occur on icy surfaces.

Flood Warning

Issued by the Environment Agency or by SEPA in Scotland and Natural Resources Wales in Wales

Thursday 18 January

There are no flood warnings in force anywhere in the United Kingdom.

About the Met Office Weather Warnings

The Met Office warns the public and emergency responders of severe or hazardous weather which has the potential to cause danger to life or widespread disruption through the National Severe Weather Warning Service.

The Met Office issues warnings for rain, snow, wind, fog and ice. These warnings are given a colour depending on a combination of the likelihood of the event happening and the impact the conditions may have.

For more information, see the Met Office Weather Warnings Guide.

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

Monthly Outlook

Monday 15 January Published at 10:00

Monthly Outlook

Turning cold, but will we see snow?

Mid-January has delivered an extremely grey spell of weather with plenty of mist and fog around and very little in the way of blue skies. It's all change as we head through the rest of the month and into February with a generally much colder feel to things.

Monday 15 January—Sunday 21 January
Mild, wet and windy to start, quickly turning cold

There is a very unsettled start to the new working week in store with strong winds across the UK and a band of very wet weather quickly pushing southeastwards. As that rain moves through, some of us could also see some thunderstorms. Once the rain clears away it is going to turn much colder. Then, for much of the rest of the week, we will keep that colder feel with a mixture of sunny spells and blustery showers. Winds will be strong, adding a significant wind chill. Some of us will see hail and thunder and there will also be snow showers too, especially for northern parts of the UK. Around midweek, and especially on Thursday, we are expecting to see a spell of very wet and windy weather. The strongest winds are likely to be across England and Wales and have the potential to be disruptive, though confidence is low at this stage. At the same time, we may also see some more significant snowfall.

Monday 22 January—Sunday 4 February
Turning warmer, but not for long

Looking towards the end of January, a brief spell of somewhat milder weather is on the cards; however, this less cold feel will be accompanied by thick cloud, outbreaks of rain and perhaps some strong winds too. This spell will be short-lived and quickly replaced by another spell of colder weather.

Monday 5 February—Sunday 11 February
North west/south east split

Throughout the beginning of February, conditions are most likely to be similar to what we have seen so far this winter. Brief periods of milder weather, with thick cloud and outbreaks of rain, will be interspersed by longer spells of cold weather and overnight frost and fog. During these colder spells we could also see some wintry showers, but there will also be a fair amount of sunshine.

Next week

Is there any sign of an early spring?

Monthly forecasting
The 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 22 January


Thursday 18 January Published at 02:39


Cold and bright with wintry showers.

An icy start in the north after heavy overnight snow in places. Severe gales across eastern England, but winds easing through the day. Bright spells across the UK with wintry showers, most frequent and heavy in the north and west.


Wintry showers will continue overnight, most frequent and heavy across northern and western parts. Otherwise it will be dry and cold, with frost and ice in places.


An icy start in places, with sunny spells and wintry showers through the day. The showers will be heaviest across western parts, with further snowfall in the northwest.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday

Saturday mainly dry, bright and cold with the odd shower. Overnight and into Sunday turning wet and windy, with snow in parts of the north. Milder and unsettled on Monday.

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Last updated 07:45 GMT, Thursday 18 Jan