UK weather forecast today – BRUTAL big freeze coming as 'polar air' brings snow and -10C temperatures – LATEST UPDATES

AMBER weather warnings have been issued for Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

Heavy rainfall combined with melted snow is expected to flood roads and properties across Wales and the north of England.

Possible power cuts and loss of other services are likely from Monday to Wednesday.

A danger to life warning has been issued as fast flowing or deep floodwater is possible.

Follow our weather live blog below for more information as well as all the latest news and updates from around the country

  • Olivia Burke

    WET AND WINDY OUTLOOK FOR THE WEEK AHEAD

    THIS week will be a wet and windy one from late Monday.

    This evening will see rain for most of the country, heavy at times, that is most persistent across northern England and north Wales.

    Winds pick up in the south, which continues throughout the week.

    Northern Ireland and much of Scotland will see heavy showers throughout the week, although it is milder in the south.

    The heavy rainfall persists for the rest of the week, before strong winds and dropping temperatures bring wintry showers in the north and possible snowfall.

  • Olivia Burke

    LONDON COULD BE BLANKETED WITH SNOW ON SATURDAY

    According to reports from the Met Office, London is set to be blanketed with snow on Saturday.

    The forecasting comes amid weather warnings affecting many parts of the UK.

    The snowfall could begin in the capital "around three or four in the morning" and would continue into the afternoon.

    Speaking to the Evening Standard, Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge projected that between three to five centimetres of snow would fall in London on Saturday.

    Mr Patridge added that the snow would be followed by rain in the afternoon.

  • Alahna Kindred

    OUTLOOK THROUGH FRIDAY

    The weather will remain extremely unsettled with heavy rainfall.

    There is potential for some snowfall and strong winds across southern and more especially central areas.

    It will be much colder in the North with wintry showers.

  • Alahna Kindred

    TONIGHT AND TOMORROW'S WEATHER

    By tonight, there will be heavy rain for most across northern England and North Wales.

    It will become windy in the South and there will be showers for North Scotland.

    Rain will continue into Tuesday. It will remain heavy and persistent over central parts with some snow for Northern Ireland and southern Scotland.

  • Alahna Kindred

    WEATHER WARNINGS

    A yellow and amber weather warning for rain is in place on Tuesday until Wednesday.

    The Met Office forecast for today is that showers will continue over much of Scotland – heavy and blustery in the far north.

    It will be a drier to start further south but rain arriving into Wales and southwest England during the afternoon and then moving northeast.

  • Joseph Gamp

    MET OFFICE LONG RANGE FORECAST: ‘SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL’ GOING INTO FEBRUARY

    The Met Office’s long-range forecast is for “significant snowfall on the boundary between milder and colder air masses” as we go into February.

    From January 28 till February 11, the service predicts “a greater than average chance of cold spells across the UK with the associated risk of wintry hazards.

    “There is potential at times for significant snowfall on the boundary between milder and colder air masses, with greatest risk across central and northern areas.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    IN PICTURES: HEAVY RAIN CAUSES FLOODING NEAR CHELMSFORD, ESSEX

    Recent heavy rain and melting snow caused several roads near Chelmsford to floodCredit: Stephen Huntley/HVC
  • Joseph Gamp

    SAHARA HIT BY ICY BLAST LEAVING SNOW IN THE DESERT

    The Sahara desert has been hit by an icy blast with temperatures dipping below freezing.

    Snow also blanketed parts of Saudi Arabia which saw the mercury hit -2C.

    Snow also fell near the desert town of Aïn Séfra in Algeria this week.

    Photographer Karim Bouchetata took incredible photos of ice covering the sand in the small Saharan desert town.  Sheep were seen standing on the ice-covered dunes on Wednesday as temperatures dipped to -3C.

    Read more here.

    Snowfall covered parts of the Sahara this week
  • Joseph Gamp

    WHERE HAS THE BEAST FROM THE EAST ACTUALLY COME FROM?

    The weather event happens when the temperature in the stratosphere soars by 50C.

    This reverses Britain's wind pattern – bringing in freezing blasts from Siberia, Russia.

    Winds from Siberia push in from the east, causing the mercury to plummet – with even daytime temperatures struggling to rise above zero.

    It generally takes two weeks to see the effects of a "sudden stratosphere warning" (SSW) which causes the Beast from the East.

    These "SSWs" cover a larger area and can move south to Canada, the USA and Europe, increasing the risk of air temperatures decreasing to potentially dangerous levels.

  • Joseph Gamp

    FORECASTERS PREDICT HEAVY RAIN COULD CAUSE FLOODING

    Parts of the UK are set to see heavy downpours in the coming days, with forecasters warning of potential flooding.

    Around 30-60mm of rain could fall across large parts of western England and Wales between Monday and Wednesday.

    The Met Office has issued a yellow rain warning, saying to expect “heavy and prolonged” downpours with some snowmelt across hilly areas.

    It comes after parts of the UK saw between four and eight centimetres (1.5-3in) of snow to start the weekend.

    An amber weather alert for snow was put in place for some areas on Saturday morning, with people told to expect travel delays, power cuts and a chance that rural communities could be “cut off”.

  • Joseph Gamp

    WEATHER OUTLOOK: WET, UNSETTLED WEEK AHEAD WITH 'A LOT OF RAIN'

  • Joseph Gamp

    FORECAST THIS EVENING

    Southern and eastern parts staying mostly dry with clear spells, and turning chilly in places.

    Windy in the north with further rain or showers, mostly for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

  • Joseph Gamp

    WATCH: BUS SLIDES OUT OF CONTROL DOWN SNOW COVERED LANE IN HALIFAX

    Jaw-dropping moment bus slides out of control down snow covered lane in Halifax

  • Joseph Gamp

    GRAPHIC: WHAT CAUSES THE BEAST FROM THE EAST?

  • Joseph Gamp

    MONDAY MORNING FORECAST: ALL ALMOST ALL OF ENGLAND TO EXPERIENCE ICY CONDITIONS

    A new tweet from the Met Office shows there will be a cold and icy start to Monday morning for many.

    The weather agency's map shows the by 8am, nearly all parts of England go white.

     

  • Joseph Gamp

    MET OFFICE LONG RANGE FORECAST: 'SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL' GOING INTO FEBRUARY

    The Met Office's long-range forecast is for "significant snowfall on the boundary between milder and colder air masses" as we go into February.

    From January 28 till February 11, the service predicts "a greater than average chance of cold spells across the UK with the associated risk of wintry hazards.

    "There is potential at times for significant snowfall on the boundary between milder and colder air masses, with greatest risk across central and northern areas."

  • Joseph Gamp

    WATCH: WOMAN FINDS BIZARRE MESSAGE WRITTEN IN SNOW ON HER RUBBISH BIN

    Woman finds bizarre message written in snow on her trash can – and internet reveals it has a ‘terrifying’ meaning

     

  • Joseph Gamp

    WEATHER EVENT THAT BROUGHT BEAST FROM THE EAST TO UK IN 2018 ‘LIKELY TO HAPPEN LATER IN THE MONTH’

    Meteorologists have confirmed a sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) event is happening over the Arctic, which is what happened before the Beast from the East three years ago.

    From January 15, unsettled conditions are forecast to develop across the UK, bringing spells of rain to many areas, perhaps, accompanied by strong winds, the Met Office said.

    It’s possible temperatures will plunge further next week, one meteorologist added, saying there is “very much a possibility” of a Beast from the East 2 in the “middle of next week”.

    Paul Davies, the Met Office’s chief meteorologist, said: “We can’t completely rule out a signal for colder weather following this SSW event later in the month.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    COLDEST TEMPERATURE IN TWO YEARS RECORDED ON FRIDAY AS MERCURY DROPPED TO -11.8C

    On Friday temperatures plummeted to lows of -11.8C at Ravensworth, North Yorkshire.

    It was the coldest temperature recorded in England since January 31, 2019, when -13.2C was recorded in County Durham.

    Chief Meteorologist Steven Ramsdale, said: “While the high ground in the north is likely to see the largest accumulations, some snow is likely to fall to low levels at times. In fact, parts of east England and East Anglia look most at risk of seeing 1-3cm with 5-10cm possible in places.

    “The milder air will eventually win out with the initial snow gradually turning to rain.

    “This may also bring some flooding issues following recent wet weather and with snow then melting – though the snow looks to be the greater hazard.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    SCANDINAVIAN BLAST WILL SEE BRITAIN LASHED BY FREEZING WINDS

    Met Office meteorologist Luke Miall also said freezing winds will sweep in towards the end of next week – amid fears Brits could see a second Beast from the East.

    “There are currently no signs of strong easterly winds, like we had in the previous Beast,” he continued.

    “We’ll see a slightly milder blip for few days – but then there are some signs we could see a more northerly wind in latter stages of next week.

    “That’ll come in from Scandinavia and the north.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    MET OFFICE RELEASES 4CAST FOR MONDAY

  • Joseph Gamp

    BRITAIN TO BE HIT BY SCANDINAVIAN BLAST NEXT WEEK

    The cold weather will make a return it’s believed – and forecasters say the UK will be hit by a Scandinavian blast next week.

    Luke Miall of the Met Office said: “We’ve seen rain and snow through the night.

    “We have also seen snow across eastern counties, as well as further north – including Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and up towards Scotland, although this has turned into rain.

    “Snow in south-east England – particularly West London into western parts of East Anglia – cleared between late morning and early afternoon.

    “However, there’s still potential for more snow in a few places – we could see 10cm in some areas.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    CLIMATE CHANGE ‘BIGGER THREAT TO WILD BEES THAN DESTRUCTION OF HABITATS’

    Climate change is a bigger threat to wild bees than destruction of habitats, warns new research.

    Warm winters and long, hot summers is reducing their abundance and diversity – endangering ecosystems, say scientists.

    Their findings suggest the insects that produce over a third of our food are facing a bigger crisis than previously feared.

    They are already being wiped out by pesticides and diseases – reducing the ability to grow crops.

    But temperature and rainfall are even more important than the amount of suitable flowers and nests.

    Lead author Professor Christina Grozinger, an entomologist at Penn State University, said: “Our study found the most critical factor influencing wild bee abundance and species diversity was the weather, particularly temperature and precipitation.”

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    SUNSET COLOURS

    A young children surrounded by seagulls on the beach in Littlehampton, West Sussex.

    Credit: PA:Empics Entertainment
  • Chiara Fiorillo

    TORRENTIAL DOWNPOURS TO HIT UK TOMORROW

    Torrential downpours are set to move in from Monday, which could cause flooding as it "combines with melting snow", a weather forecaster has said.

    The Met Office has issued warnings for Monday evening, lasting until Thursday.

    The warnings says there could be a "danger to life" from possible "fast flowing or deep floodwater".

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