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Monday 9 December Published at 02:12
Monday 9th December
YELLOW warning of HEAVY RAIN
Further outbreaks of rain will occur for the rest of Sunday and persist into Monday morning across much of western Scotland. It will be heaviest and most persistent across parts of western Highland along with Argyll and Bute. The rain should begin to ease later on Monday morning.
The public should be aware of the potential for localised flooding.
Further updates will appear here.
Monday 9th December
There are currently flood warnings in force across the following locations:
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 2 December Published at 10:00
This weekend saw November draw to a close and in most aspects, weather conditions were fairly typical for the end of autumn. After a rather mild start with generally wet and windy weather, the second half of November was in fact dominated by high pressure and consequently frosty nights and very little rain. The contrasting halves of the month resulted in the overall temperatures being a touch below average for most parts of the UK. Despite the wet and windy start to the month though, many areas ended up being slightly on the dry side when compared to a typical November. One interesting feature of November's weather was that, for Scotland, it turned out to be one of the sunniest Novembers since records began in 1929.
Sunday not only heralded the start of December, but also the beginning of the meteorological winter. Although frost was fairly widespread across eastern and southern parts first thing on Sunday, the question on the minds of many people is; 'When will we get the first real taste of winter here in the UK?'. Well, this week will begin on a largely settled note, but as we head towards the end of the week we can expect a shift, albeit rather temporary, towards some weather more worthy of the wintry label. Read on to find out the details.....
Monday 2 December—Sunday 8 December
A quiet start giving way to a cold, ferocious end!
High pressure will be firmly in control of weather conditions across most of the UK through Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Any patchy early morning mist, fog and frost, mainly across southern and eastern areas, should gradually lift, leading into mainly dry days with plenty of cloud.
Across northern Scotland though, a weak weather front and strong winds will gradually sink in from the north through the latter part of Monday and into Tuesday. Eventually this weather front will make it as far south as Northern Ireland and northern England by late Tuesday, very much as a weakening feature.
On Wednesday, wintry showers will feature across the north of Scotland that will bring some snow accumulations to higher ground. Central areas of the UK will probably fair best with dry and bright conditions. Across the south, expect some cloud and patchy light rain from the weak weather front.
Thursday is the day when things will start to change! Winds will gradually strengthen and veer around to the north, dragging in cold air of Arctic origin. A band of rain that will turn sleety over northern hills will sweep from north to south, clearing into the English Channel on Thursday evening. In the wake of the rain band, central areas will be dry and clear. Coastal parts will see wintry showers that will turn to snow in places. Severe gales will also affect many coastal regions through Thursday. High tides along the North Sea coast will also introduce the risk of some coastal flooding.
Friday will be a bitterly cold day, but winds will start to ease, although further coastal flooding in the east is possible, along with some further snow showers.
Gradually, through the weekend, pressure will start to build again from the west, allowing for the gradual return of some more settled weather conditions, with a generally milder feel.
Monday 9 December—Sunday 15 December
An end to the brief cold spell.
After a very cold and unsettled end to the previous week, and the gradual transition back to more settled weather through the subsequent weekend, this period should see a return of cloudier, milder conditions that are expected to slowly filter in from the northwest, although many southeastern areas may remain cold with some clear spells, at least for the start of the week. As the week draws on, a northwest/southeast divide is expected to become established across the UK, with the more unsettled, but often milder weather tending to be in the northwest, and the best of the drier weather towards the south and east of the UK.
Monday 16 December—Sunday 29 December
A Northwest/Southeast Split to End the Year?
As we approach the end of the year, the prospects of a white Christmas become an area of interest for many people across the UK. As is always the case with medium to long range forecasting, specific details in the precise weather conditions for different parts of the UK become less attainable the further into the future we look. However, there is a degree of confidence in the general northwest/southeast spilt scenario being maintained across the UK throughout much of the last two weeks of December. At this stage it is thought that northwestern parts of the UK will tend to stay on the unsettled side, with relatively frequent spells of rain and periods of strong winds. Further to the south and east, all current indications suggest that weather conditions will tend to be fairly dry with lighter winds. Temperatures are currently expected to be close to average values for the time of year. At present it is too early to give a definitive forecast of any white Christmas prospects, but as always, we will continue to keep you updated on the forecast as we progress towards the big day.
What kind of weather will the start of 2014 have in store for the UK?
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 9 December
Monday 9 December Published at 02:41
North and west, cloudy with some rain. Brighter further southeast.
Rain in the northwest clearing through the morning. Staying rather cloudy and breezy across western and northern areas, a few light showers possible near coasts. Drier and brighter in the east, with the best of the sunshine in the southeast.
Cloud spreading from the west, though largely clear skies in the east at first allowing temperatures to drop. Winds strengthening in the northwest, with risk of gales and further rain.
Spells of rain likely over northwest Scotland and Northern Ireland. Largely dry elsewhere, with some sunny intervals especially in the south and east. Very windy in the far northwest.
Outlook for Wednesday to Friday
Plenty of sunny spells spreading north on Wednesday, rain becoming confined to the far northwest. Turning cloudier through Thursday and Friday, with rain mainly across the north and west.