UK weather forecasters have released the long-range forecast for the start of September, with Autumn officially underway. Meteorological Autumn started on September 1, with a gradual decline in temperature and trend towards wetter conditions on the horizon. Forecasters are already predicting a colder week, as clear skies are interrupted by patches of rain and showers.
In their latest long-range forecast, the Met Office predicted an “unsettled and windy” weekend this week, and temperatures during the middle of September could be “somewhat below” normal.
They wrote: “The weekend will be unsettled and probably windy at first, with showers or longer spells of rain.
“Then drier, brighter and quieter conditions will probably arrive in the west and northwest of the UK before slowly extend to other areas over the course of the weekend.
“It will most likely be rather cool with some chilly nights under clear skies.
“Into next week, confidence quickly becomes low.
“However, it will probably start changeable with spells of rain at times, and sometimes windy, particularly in the north.
“Some drier, brighter and quieter spells may develop across the UK as we go towards the middle part of the month.
“Temperatures are likely to vary around normal or somewhat below.”
The Environment Agency has released some 17 floods “alerts” in anticipation of heavy rain today.
Flood alerts specify flooding is possible, and people should prepare.
According to the agency, the south-west of the country, London, the northwest and northeast coasts are at risk of flooding.
Those in the are of a flood alert should keep up-to-date with Environment Agency announcements and prepare a bag of valuable documents and medicine ready just in case.
There are flood alerts in place for the following areas:
– Coast at Barrow in Furness
– Coast at North Morecambe Bay
– Coast from Gretna to Silloth
– Coast from Heacham to north of King`s Lynn in Norfolk
– Humber estuary from Spurn Point to Winestead Outfall
– Hunstanton coast in Norfolk
– Mersey Estuary at Warrington
– North Devon Coast from Hartland Point to Lynmouth
– Severn Estuary at Oldbury-on-Severn, Northwick and Avonmouth
– Somerset coast at Clevedon
– Somerset coast at Minehead, Bridgwater, Burnham-on-Sea and Uphill to Kingston – – Seymour
– Somerset coast at Porlock Weir
– Somerset coast at Portishead and Portbury Dock
– Tidal River Avon at Bristol, Pill and Shirehampton
– Tidal Thames riverside from Putney Bridge to Teddington Weir
– Wye Estuary in Gloucestershire
– Wyre estuary from Fleetwood and Knott End to Little Eccleston