Weather forecast today UK– Met Office Christmas predictions FINALLY in… and it looks like wind, rain and FREEZING cold

THE Met Office has finally revealed its Christmas weather forecast.

Predicting the weather over the next 10 days, the forecast service's Alex Deakin revealed exactly what's in store for the festive period.

And unfortunately it's the worst of both worlds – with temperatures warm enough to avoid a White Christmas but still wet, windy and miserably cold.

A relatively sunny Christmas Eve will give way to heavy rain and colder weather on Christmas Day itself.

Met Office forecaster Alex Deakin said the same burst of low pressure that's causing blizzards in the US is likely to reach the UK by Christmas Day with bringing "further rain" and "strong signals it will grow colder" next week.

"The main feature this weekend will be this area of low pressure, (and) showers will spiral around that," he added.

Follow our weather live blog for all the latest news and updates fom around the country…

  • Dan Keane

    'GAP BETWEEN WEATHER SYSTEMS'

    The BBC's Simon King says the country is in a "gap" between weather systems.

    He says: "It should be drier and brighter for many of us today.

    "You should get to see a good deal of blue skies and sunshine."

    But he adds that another weather system will move in tomorrow bringing "very wet and windy conditions" for Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and the Southwest of England.

  • Dan Keane

    YELLOW WEATHER WARNING

    The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the south west of England and south Wales.

    It will last from midnight Thursday to 3am Saturday, and comes as a result of "high rain totals".

    Brits living in those areas are advised to expect possible flooding of homes and businesses and transport delays.

  • Dan Keane

    'WEEKEND WASHOUT'

    BBC Weather's Carol Kirkwood has warned of an incoming 'weekend washout' starting tomorrow.

    She said: "A lot of dry weather to start the day, there will be a fair bit of sunshine around.

    "There are some showers around most of which are going to be in the west through the day and later the cloud thickens up towards the west heralding the arrival of that weather front coming our way.

    "Gusts will be picking up particularly so in areas adjacent to the Irish Sea coastline."

  • Dan Keane

    BLACKPOOL SUNSET

    Blackpool Pier saw a gorgeous sunset last night after a day of patchy showers.

    Credit: Bav Media
  • Dan Keane

    METEOGROUP FORECAST: A DULL FRIDAY

    Meteogroup have released their forecast for the weekend – and it's set to start with a dull Friday.

    The forecaster expects a damp day with outbreaks of rain and drizzle which will be heavy across northern and western areas during the afternoon and evening.

    There is also a small chance of thunder in some areas, they added.

    Credit: Rex Features
  • Ellie Cambridge

    TODAY'S WEATHER:

    It will be a bit rainy for areas in the north and west but the south should see drier weather.

    The east could even see some sunny spells in a breezy day.

    This evening is set for rainy spells, some heavy, moving eastwards with temperatures staying mild overnight.

    Drier and clearer spells are due to develop later in the north and northeast.

  • Ellie Cambridge

    WET WEATHER TO COME

    A yellow weather warning is in place for tomorrow for parts of Wales and southwest England.

    The Met Office warns:

    • Flooding of a few homes and businesses is likely
    • Bus and train services probably affected with journey times taking longer
    • Spray and flooding on roads probably making journey times longer
    • Some interruption to power supplies and other services likely

    NEXT FEW MONTHS MAY BE 'WETTER THAN NORMAL', MET WARNS

    As floods emerged across Britain this week, the Met Office warned the next couple of months are likely to be wetter than normal in the UK.

    The news raises the prospect of flooding on top of the ongoing battle to contain coronavirus.

     

    NO CURRENT WEATHER WARNINGS AFTER DAYS OF FLOODING

    The Met has issued no weather warnings for tomorrow after flash floods across the UK in previous days.

    While parts of the north of England have seen flooding, Wednesday night and Thursday should be a little quieter on the weather front.

    However, Friday and Saturday will bring weather warnings for the south eastern tip of the country, encompassing Cornwall and parts of South Wales.

    The yellow weather warning means heavy rain is expected to return to the region.

    • Catriona Graffius

      NEWCASTLE FORECAST

      Newcastle is set for a sunny day tomorrow with a few isolated showers in the morning.

      Temperatures will be mild at 10-11C and a moderate south-westerly breeze is expected to blow across the city.

    • Catriona Graffius

      WEATHER FORECAST ACROSS WALES

      Wales will see light showers tonight and tomorrow with heavier rain arriving later.

      Tonight will be breezy with scattered showers across the country, with clear spells in-between.

      Showers will build across the night with temperatures dipping to minus 2C under clear skies.

      Tomorrow will stay cloudy and showery for most, turning much wetter into the night with rain sweeping in from the west.

      Rain will persist into Friday – but with brighter and drier patched tipped for Saturday.

    • Catriona Graffius

      SCOTLAND COULD BE HIT BY '6CM OF SNOW' ON CHRISTMAS DAY

      Central Scotland could be hit with 6cm of snow on Christmas Day, WXCHARTS has claimed.

      The snow depth models suggest the white stuff could stick around until the end of December, with a staggering eight inches forecast for the same area on Thursday 31.

      Nicola Maxey, a Met Office spokesperson told the Express: "As we begin Christmas week, it looks likely to stay unsettled, though it’ll feel a little cooler as northwesterly winds bring temperatures closer to average for this time of year.

      "Looking further ahead to Christmas Day itself, whilst it is still too early to say with certainty what weather we can expect, there are some signs of high pressure developing which could bring a colder, drier and more settled spell around Christmas Day."

    • Catriona Graffius

      WALKERS BASK IN A STORMY SUNSET IN SWANSEA

      Walkers enjoyed a stormy sunset at Langland Bay near Swansea this afternoon as unsettled weather continues across the UK.

      After days of heavy rain and flooding across the country, tomorrow is set to be a calmer day – with a mix of bright spells and isolated showers.

      There will be a few patches of rain in Swansea during the day tomorrow with heavier showers forecast for the evening.

      Credit: Alamy Live News
    • Catriona Graffius

      LONDON WEATHER FORECAST

      While many Londoner will be staying in after the capital entered Tier 3 today, tomorrow is due to be a bright and breezy day in the city.

      With maximum Winter temperatures at a balmy 11C, the day should see a fair amount on sunshine with cloud slowly increasing throughout the day.

      There may be the odd isolated shower and the chance of heavy rain overnight.

      The wind should pick up along the coast towards the end of the day.

       

    • Catriona Graffius

      2020 ON TRACK TO BE ONE OF THREE WARMEST YEARS ON RECORD

      This year could become one of the three warmest years on record, according to the World Meteorological Organisation.

      And 2011-2020 will be the warmest decade on record as climate change with the warmest six years all being since 2015, the WMO claims.

      Ocean heat is at record levels with more than 80% of global oceans experiencing a marine heatwave at some time in 2020.

      And as climate change continues its "relentless march", high-impact events including extreme heat, wildfires and floods affected millions of people, adding to the tragedies of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

      A WMO statement said: "Despite the COVID-19 lockdown, atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases continued to rise, committing the planet to further warming for many generations to come".

    • Catriona Graffius

      DECEMBER SET TO BE MILD AND WET WITH COLD SNAP AT CHRISTMAS

      Atlantic low pressure areas are set to sweep across the UK for the next week, bringing a raft of rain and wind with them.

      The west of Britain is expected to bear the brunt of the rain – but temperatures are likely to stay mild.

      Some minor flooding is possible in the south-west – with yellow rain warnings out for South Wales and the South West of England on Friday and Saturday – but major disruptive flooding is unlikely.

      While conditions are likely to stay mild and wet for the rest of the month, a cold snap is expected at Christmas as winds shift to the north west.

      Early January 2021 should see mixed weather over the UK, switching between mild and cold spells.

    • Alahna Kindred

      TONIGHT'S FORECAST

      Band of rain across eastern areas clearing through the evening, then some clear spells, but also showers, some heavy in the west and near some coasts in the south.

      Windy in the north.  

    • Catriona Graffius

      SUN SETS OVER NEW BRIGHTON LIGHTHOUSE

      A dramatic sunset was captured behind the New Brighton lighthouse this evening after a day of mixed weather.

      Sometimes known as Perch Rock Lighthouse, the watch tower was first lit in 1830 and was in continuous use until October 1973.

      New Brighton in Wallasey should see temperatures of 10C tomorrow with rain returning on Friday.

    • Catriona Graffius

      WHITE CHRISTMAS COULD BE ON THE CARDS

      This Christmas could be a white one with snow, sleet and freezing rain expected to hit the country on December 25.

      Families are already preparing for a different festive period with Covid restrictions, and today it was predicted temperatures are set to plunge.

      Speaking on Radio5 Live, weather forecaster Simon King said: "We are going to see mild weather over the next week or so and then just in time for Christmas temperatures are going to drop down, so it will turn colder over the Christmas period.

      "Temperatures will come below the average. It means for the whole White Christmas thing there will be wintery showers, and while it’s still very uncertain, it will certainly be cold enough over the Christmas period for there to be wintery precipitation.

      "There may be snow for some, but for now though it’s really mild, esspecially for this time of year."

    • Catriona Graffius

      NO CURRENT WEATHER WARNINGS AFTER DAYS OF FLOODING

      The Met has issued no weather warnings for tonight after heavy rains have caused floods across the UK in previous days.

      While parts of the north of England have seen flooding, Wednesday night and Thursday should be a little quieter on the weather front.

      However, Friday and Saturday will bring weather warnings for the south eastern tip of the country, encompassing Cornwall and parts of South Wales.

      The yellow weather warning means heavy rain is expected to return to the region.

    • Catriona Graffius

      TONIGHT'S FORECAST

      A band of rain across eastern parts of Britain is expected to clear throughout the evening, leaving dry spells and patches of showers.

      Rain may be heavier in the west and in coastal towns in the south with wind expected in the north of England.

      Tomorrow should see bursts of sunshine in the East with a dryer day likely.

      But the north west will see more showers with rain expected across the whole of the west of England.

    • Christy Cooney

      YELLOW WARNINGS IN SW LIFTED

      Yellow weather warnings that were earlier in place for today and tomorrow in the southwest of England and southern Wales have been lifted.

      The warnings were introduced following heavy rains across the UK as well as high tides affecting coastal areas.

      The Met Office had said conditions were expected to bring disruption to roads and that flooding of some homes and businesses was likely.

      Warnings remain in place for Friday and Saturday.

      Full details on the Met Office's website.

    • Christy Cooney

      VIDEO SHOWS VAN CARRIED AWAY ON SWOLLEN RIVER

      Footage from a dashboard camera shows a van being carried downstream on a swollen river after its driver tried to use a flooded dirt road.

      The video, posted to social media last week, was reportedly captured amid floods in Grassington, North Yorkshire.

      The clip shows the van grind to a halt halfway across the water before beginning to move sideways and being swept away.

      The driver can be heard shouting, "S**t! No, no, no", as the van moves downstream.

      Van is swept downstream after foolish driver attempted to cross a rushing river

    • Christy Cooney

      FLOOD WARNINGS LIFTED

      Flood warnings that were in place in Bournemouth and Bodmin this morning have been lifted, the Environment Agency has said.

      The warnings, along with over 40 alerts, were put in place after heavy rains in recent days as well as high tides affecting coastal regions.

      The Environment Agency said river levels in the Bodmin area have begun to fall and further flooding is not expected.

      Concerns in Bournemouth were chiefly related to high tides this morning.

      Full details of alerts that remain in place can be found on the Environment Agency’s website.

    • Christy Cooney

      48 FLOOD ALERTS IN PLACE ACROSS ENGLAND

      Forty-eight flood alerts are in place across England, the Environment Agency has said.

      It comes after heavy rains in recent days as well as high tides affecting coastal regions.

      Alerts are in place on the Cornish and North Sea coasts as well as in London, the Midlands, and along the Welsh border.

      Two more serious flood warnings are also in place, one in Bournemouth, the other in Bodmin.

      Full details on the Environment Agency's website.

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