The UK has been hit by two named storms in quick succession over the last few weeks, Storm Ciara and most recently Storm Dennis. Parts of the UK remain under severe ‘danger to life’ flood warnings following Dennis’ arrival last weekend, with many communities facing devastating flooding damage. The Met Office has issued a plethora of weather warnings this weekend, and into next week.
- Met Office say it’s keeping a “close eye” on a potential deep low pressure system “to track close to the UK early next week”.
- Weather warnings for wind, rain and snow & ice are in place for Friday, Saturday and Monday.
- As of Friday morning, five severe ‘danger to life’ warnings have been issued by the Environment Agency.
- UK weather maps show more rain on the way over the weekend for much of the UK.
UK weather LIVE: Rain and wind lash UK as Met Office keep ‘close eye’ on Atlantic system
3.30am update: Another ‘spell of wet and windy weather’ for Monday
Mr Deakin said the Met Office is “uncertain” of the intensity and track of the next weather front coming in on Monday.
But he said they are “pretty confident” it will bring another spell of wet and windy weather.
He also said it could cause some “further issues” with the possibility of some snow in northern England.
2.30am update: Met Office issues weekend update – ‘Another weekend of heavy rain, strong winds and weather warnings’
Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin said: “Across Scotland [as well as snow], there will be a mix of blustery showers, a mixture of rain, sleet and hail.
“At low levels those winds will be gusting to 50mph to 60mph.
“On the west coast of Scotland maybe 70mph to 75mph.
“And also those winds 50mph to 60mph through parts of Northern Ireland and northern England.
“So, some ferry disruption and some disruption to public transport is possible.”
The south will also experience a damp start to the day with some blustery wind.
But it should clear going into the afternoon.
2am update: England has received 141 percent of its average February rainfall
In the past fortnight, England has received 141 percent of its average February rainfall.
And now the deluges are set to continue into next week.
The River Severn is likely to continue flooding after its banks burst.
A spokesman for the Environment agency said: “Ongoing river flooding remains probable for the River Severn on Monday and Tuesday.”
12.30am update: Two ‘danger to life’ flood warnings in place for Herefordshire
Two severe flood warnings remain in place for Hampton Bishop in Herefordshire.
The Flood Information Service said that a ‘Severe Warning’ remains in force because of flooding potentially cutting off the area.
It added: “River levels remain high at the Lugwardine river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall.
“Consequently, the risk of flooding of property continues.
“Flooding is affecting isolated properties in Sutton St Nicholas.”
Flood warning: Two severe flood warnings remain in place for Hampton Bishop
11pm update: Met Office issues snow warning
The Met Office has issued a snow warning for northern Scotland.
Reportedly, four inches of snow could batter the region.
It comes as the UK is set to be decimated for a third weekend in a row with 75mph gales and torrential rain.
Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin said: “A warning in force across Scotland for snow and ice through Saturday with strong winds.
“The snow showers packing in here that means blizzards will be particularly unpleasant.
“We could see several centimetres of snow building up on roads above three to four hundred metres by the end of the day.”
Additional reporting by Liam Doyle.
6pm update: Blizzard conditions possible on high ground in the UK
Met Office forecasters said the combination of cold and heavy wind could cause “blizzard” conditions on high ground.
Met Office forecaster Matthew Box said: “We have strong wind warnings out for Friday in south east Scotland and north east England.
“They could hit 55mph to 65mph.
“There will also be widespread coastal gales across the north of Scotland and Northern Ireland.
“We could have blizzard conditions at a time if you’re stuck on the top of a mountain.”
4.30pm update: Four days of snowfall for the UK
Met Office weather forecasters have warned of an increased risk of snow between Saturday and Tuesday.
Speaking to the Mirror Online, Met Office Spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said the conditions, which could cause difficulty on higher routes, come off the back of Storms Ciara nd Dennis.
She added: “We are in colder air so there’s always a chance rain showers could fall as snow, sleet or hail particularly in the north.
“It’s not unusual for this time of year.”
4pm update: Weekend rain could cause further flooding
The Environment Agency has warned of severe flooding in northern England and the Midlands.
They said England and Wales have exceeded maximum rainfall by 41 percent this month, and wet spells could continue.
As spokesman said: “Ongoing river flooding remains probable for the River Severn on Monday and Tuesday.”
UK weather LIVE: Met Office weather warnings for Friday
3pm update: Flood alerts for Scotland
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has released a total of 27 alerts for Scotland.
The agency has issued 12 flood alerts and 15 flood warnings across five Scottish regions.
SEPA advises people under a flood alert to “remain alert and vigilant and make early preparations for potential flooding”.
Those under a flood warning should take immediate action to protect themselves and their property.
1.20pm update: Severe flood warnings still in place
As of Friday afternoon, two severe ‘danger to life’ warnings remain active, according to the Environment Agency.
The regions under severe warning are:
- River Lugg at Hampton Bishop
- River Wye at Hampton Bishop
12.45pm update: More flooding possible this weekend
In their latest update, the Met Office said further flooding is possible this weekend.
Neil Armstrong, chief forecaster at the Met Office, said: “Another deep low-pressure system early next week provides a continuation of the extremely unsettled period the UK has endured.
“With further rain in the forecast over the coming days, additional rainfall could create further challenges as river catchments are more likely to respond to extra rainfall more quickly.
“Flooding, especially in areas already heavily affected, remains a possibility.”
12.15pm update: Government criticised for response to floods
Boris Johnson has not yet visited areas hit hardest by the recent floods.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said Mr Johnson was showing his “true colours by his absence”.
Mr Corbyn made the trip to Rhydyfelin in Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taf yesterday.
Mr Johnson visited regions affected by floods during the election campaign last year, but has faced criticism for his reaction to the latest floods.
The PM has also failed to convene the Government’s emergency committee Cobra.
11.30am update: Could this February beat records?
This February could be the wettest February for six years, and could move into the top 10 wettest February’s on record by the end of the month.
Met Office forecaster Craig Snell told the Mirror: “We are not too far away, we have got further heavy rain coming through over the next few days and the top 10 wettest [February] wouldn’t be a stretch, but we have got a long way to go to beat the record.”
The month’s average rainfall currently stands just over five inches (133mm), not far off the 2014 total of just over 6.5 inches (168mm).
UK weather LIVE: Met Office weather warnings for Saturday
UK weather LIVE: UK flood warnings and alerts map as of 1.20pm on Friday
10.50am update: Today’s weather warnings extended
In addition to other warnings in place, the Met Office has issued another yellow rain warning today.
The warning is in place from 12pm on Friday until 6am on Saturday for much of northwest England, the East Midlands and Scotland.
The Met Office warn: “Rain will become persistent and heavy, especially over hills, and may lead to flooding and travel disruption.”
A yellow rain warning has also been issued for much of north Wales from 12pm until 3am on Saturday.
10.45am update: New warnings issued for Monday
A swathe of northwest England has been placed under a yellow rain warning.
The warning is active between 3am and 3pm on Monday.
The warning reads: “A spell of rain is expected to push quickly from south-west to north-east through Monday, clearing all areas through Monday afternoon.
“Most areas are likely to see a further 15-25 mm of rain, with some higher ground perhaps seeing up to 40 mm of rain.
“Given saturated ground, and recent flooding, even these relatively modest rainfall totals may bring some disruption.”
Major cities affected included Carlisle, Leeds and York.
10.40am update: New warning issued for Sunday
The Met Office has issued a yellow rain warning for parts of central and south Wales on Sunday.
The warning is active between 3am and 3pm, and covers some areas which have already faced flooding devastation as a result of Storm Dennis.
The warning reads: “An area of rain is expected to move from west to east across the south of the UK, and may be especially persistent over mid and south Wales, which contains catchments which are currently saturated and highly sensitive to further rainfall.
“20-40 mm is likely fairly widely, and a few spots in the mountains of south Wales could see 50-60 mm.”
10.15am update: Yellow wind warning issued for Monday
A new yellow wind warning has been issued between 9am and 9pm on Monday.
The warning covers much of northern, southern and western Scotland, as well as parts of Northern Ireland.
UK weather LIVE: Met Office weather warnings for Sunday
10.10am update: Met Office wind warnings extended
Friday’s yellow wind warning between 8am and 8pm how now been extended to include more of northwest England and the East Midlands.
The warning was updated to include southern cross-Pennine routes.
10am update: Snow & Ice warning issued by the Met Office
A snow and ice warning is in place between 3am and 9pm on Saturday, for much of Scotland.
The warning affects the following regions:
- Central, Tayside & Fife
- Perth and Kinross
- Highlands & Eilean Siar
- Argyll and Bute
The warning reads: “Showers will turn increasing wintry overnight and through Saturday with snow beginning to settle away from the west coast.
“Accumulations of 1 to 3cm are expected above 100 to 200m with 5 to 10cm above 300m.
“Icy patches will be an additional hazard along with some strong, gusty winds.”
UK weather LIVE: Met Office warnings for Monday
UK weather LIVE: Snow forecast maps show snowfall over regions of the UK on Saturday
9.15am update: Where are the Met Office weather warnings?
On Friday (February 21) a yellow rain warning is in place across much of Northern Ireland from 6am to 9pm, stretching from near Coleraine to Manorhamilton.
Between 6am and 9pm, a swathe of southern, western and central Scotland is also under a yellow rain warning.
From 8am to 8pm, parts of northeast England are under a yellow wind warning.
A yellow rain warning also covers a portion of northern England between 12pm on Friday until 6am on Saturday, affecting the cities of Leeds, Wakefield and York.
On Saturday a yellow wind warning is in place from 6am until 10pm, covering all of Scotland and Northern Ireland, and parts of northern England.
No weather warnings have currently been issued by the Met Office for Sunday.
But a yellow rain warning covering parts of the north, including Leeds and York, is in place on Monday from midnight until 3pm.
9am update: Met Office keeping ‘close eye’ on potential deep low pressure system
In their latest update, the Met Office are forecasting “unsettled” weather patterns to continue over the coming days.
Dan Suri, chief forecaster at the Met Office, said: “With further rain in the forecast over the coming days and the potential for another deep low-pressure system early next week, additional rainfall could create further challenges as river catchments are more likely to respond to extra rainfall more quickly.
“Flooding, especially in areas already heavily affected, remains a possibility.”
Deputy Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, Chris Bulmer, said: “We’re keeping a close eye on the potential for a deep low pressure to track close to the UK early next week, which could bring a spell of wet and windy weather, with hill snow to northern parts of the UK.”