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Wednesday 24 January Published at 12:29
Issued by the Met Office
YELLOW WARNING of WIND for northern parts of Northern Ireland, much of northwest and northern Scotland, the Western Isles and the Northern Isles.
Between 01:00 Wed 24th and 14:00 Wed 24th
A spell of windy weather is expected with gusts widely 50 to 60 mph and over the Hebrides and northern and western parts of Highland gusts are likely to reach 70 to 80 mph. These high winds will probably affect some bus and train services leaving some journeys taking longer. Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges are likely and some short term loss of power and other services is possible.
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
Monday 22 January Published at 10:00
What a wild and wintry week!
We have seen some very cold, unsettled weather across the British Isles over past 7 days with contrasting conditions wherever you live. There has been a lot of snow over more northern parts of the British Isles and even snow in the south for a time on Sunday. The most disruptive snow was over the southern half of Scotland last Tuesday night, with people trapped in their cars for hours as traffic ground to a halt on the M74 around Beattock Summit.
The contrasting conditions were most obvious last Wednesday morning. The northern half of Scotland started the day dry, clear and very cold with a widespread frost and light winds, temperatures down as low as -7 Celsius. The middle swathe of the British Isles was cold and quite windy with heavy rain and snow, the most significant snowfall was across Northumberland. Across Wales and the southern half of England, it was very windy with severe gales for a time and gusts of over 80mph.
We kept the contrasting conditions into this past weekend, on Sunday for example temperatures across the Scottish Highlands fell as low as -13.7 Celsius, making it the coldest night of the winter so far. At the same time temperatures across western Cornwall where showing +11 Celsius.
Monday 22 January—Sunday 28 January
A change of air
For much of the past week, the air covering the British Isles has been coming all the way from Greenland and hence temperatures have been well below what we would normally see in the middle of January. For much of this coming week, the source of our air will be over the Azores and we will all notice a substantial rise in temperatures. We may even hear the words 'spring like' being used in some areas during the first half of this week.
However, there will still be a very changeable look to this week's weather. On Monday, after some early rain in the southeast, it will be mainly dry with some sunshine breaking through and temperatures rising into double figures. Similar mild temperatures on Tuesday, but we will see outbreaks of rain pushing in from the west during the day, the rain accompanied by strong southwesterly winds. Wednesday and Thursday will be more showery with a little sunshine and still quite windy. There will also be a temporary dip in temperatures as we get a brief feed of Icelandic air. The milder southwesterly winds will become established again as we head into the weekend. There will also be an area of high pressure edging into more southern parts of the British Isles bringing mostly dry, settled weather. The rain will become increasingly confined to the north and west of Scotland where it will remain windy.
Monday 29 January—Sunday 4 February
January set to end on a High
High pressure will begin to dominate our weather as we head up to the end of January. This will mean a lot of dry weather with winds becoming light. The exact position of the high pressure will be key to the amount of sunshine we will see and also how warm or cold it will feel. At this stage, it does looks as though the high pressure will be positioned over more southern parts of the British Isles. This will maintain the feed of milder air coming in from the southwest with daytime temperatures staying a little higher than normal for this time of year. However, clear skies and light winds at night will allow temperatures to fall low enough for a touch of frost. Any rain and stronger winds are likely to be confined to more northern parts of Scotland but even here it will become drier and more settled.
Monday 5 February—Sunday 18 February
A quiet look to February
Signals from the various weather models all point to high pressure remaining close to the British Isles during the first half of February. This will result in a good deal of dry weather with mostly light winds. There will be sunny spells by day but problems with frost and fog at nights. Every so often, the high pressure will slip away and allow spells of wet and windy weather to affect more northern parts of the British Isles but these conditions will not last for too long. Temperatures are still expected to be above the February average, but on days when fog is slow to disperse it will remain cold.
Does winter have a sting in it tail?
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 29 January
Wednesday 24 January Published at 02:43
A spell of wet and windy weather for many today.
A band of rain, heavy at times and accompanied by gusty, squally winds moving southeast across England and Wales, clearing the far southeast later. Early rain and strong winds will slowly clear north Scotland, with sunshine and heavy showers following.
Overnight will see clear spells and some showers, mainly in the north and west, merging into longer spells of rain across Northern Ireland and western Scotland later. Less windy.
Thursday will see a mixture of sunny spells and showers for most, these most frequent in the north and west, possibly wintry on hills. Feeling cold in the strong winds.
Outlook for Friday to Sunday
After a frosty start, it'll be mainly dry and bright on Friday. Milder and changeable over the weekend, with some rain at times, mainly in the northwest. Windy at times.