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Monday 31 August Published at 00:27

UK Warnings

Weather Warning

Issued by the Met Office

YELLOW WARNING OF RAIN for southeast England

Updated at 11:29 on Sun 30 Aug

Valid from 01:00 on Mon 31 Aug

Valid until 17:00 on Mon 31 Aug

Further areas of heavy rain or thundery showers are likely to affect parts of southeastern England and East Anglia at times on Bank Holiday Monday. The main risk periods would seem to be before dawn and again during the middle of the day and into the afternoon. The evening should see a slow transition to drier conditions from the west.

This update slightly reduces the northwestern extent of the area at risk from thundery downpours, and brings forward the end time of the warning. Given continuing complexities, a further update to the Warning is likely to be issued early on Monday.

The public should be aware of the risk of further localised flooding and impacts on holiday activities.

Flood Warning

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

Monday 31 August

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

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

Monthly Outlook

Monday 24 August Published at 10:00

Monthly Outlook

Will average August turn into sunny September?

It's probably fair to say that we've had a typically British mix of weather this summer, with most areas enjoying occasional spells of warm sunshine among the showers, although the balance did tip rather heavily towards the damp end of the scale across Scotland. There are signs of a change towards a more settled spell at the end of August - just as the last few schools open their doors for the new term.

Monday 24 August—Sunday 30 August
Keep the brolly handy this week

The weather is dominated by the Atlantic influence this week, with areas of low pressure bringing spells of rain from the west. Some of the rain in the south could be particularly heavy, especially earlier in the week. There will be some sunshine at times too, but a brisk west to southwesterly breeze is likely to make it feel a little on the cool side.

Monday 31 August—Sunday 6 September
Last Bank Holiday before Christmas

You might think a Bank Holiday Monday would guarantee rain, but in fact it looks like the last day of August will mark the start of a trend towards some more settled weather for the start of the first month of autumn. Still rather breezy with a few showers at first, but as high pressure builds in from the west the weather should become drier and quieter. It will feel pleasant enough in sunshine by day, but calm, clear nights will allow an autumnal chill to develop and perhaps some seasonal mists.

Monday 7 September—Sunday 20 September
Early autumn or late summer?

It may sound surprising, but the character of our weather during the middle of September is likely to be decided by current weather conditions over west Africa. Groups of big thunderstorms, known as easterly waves, are moving out across the Atlantic from the African coast. These have the potential to develop into hurricanes, and if that happens the knock-on effect of a big injection of energy into the atmosphere is to reduce the predictability of weather across northwest Europe. In other words, there's no clear signal at the moment for the type of weather we can expect across the UK during the second part of September, The best estimate suggests that cool breezes and occasional rain are most likely in the northwest, with warmer and drier weather more common in the southeast.

Next week

Onwards through the autumn equinox and the nights become longer than the days, but when might those nights bring the first sharp frosts of the season?

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 31 August


Monday 31 August Published at 02:41


Rain, locally heavy, in the south. Showers further north.

Cloudy with, occasionally heavy, outbreaks of rain across central, southern and eastern England with a risk of thunder in the far southeast. Brighter in Wales and the far west later. Elsewhere, will see sunny spells with scattered, locally heavy, showers.


Cloud and rain gradually clearing eastern areas with scattered showers following, especially in the north and west. Turning windy in the east with a risk of coastal gales.


Rather cloudy with some sunny intervals, the best of which in the south and southwest. Scattered showers, locally heavy, for some. Feeling cool, especially in strong winds in the east.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday

Cool northerly winds will bring sunshine and showers throughout, some heavy and locally thundery, mainly in the east. Chilly nights, especially in the west, with a touch of frost possible.

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