UK weather news LIVE – Met Office warns of ‘intense rainfall’ TODAY as 3 days of heavy showers and warmer weather begin

THE Met Office has warned of "intense rainfall" just as the UK begins to warm-up following a record-breaking cold snap.

Three days of heavy rain are forecast for much of the country this week.

The Met Office said: “The latest radar shows that lines of intense rainfall known as line convection have developed within a frontal rainband this morning

“There will be spray and standing water on the roads, so take care if you're out on an essential journey in this heavy rain.”

The warning come as a heat pocket may see temperatures in the south rocket – despite the UK being soaked by a rain and wind over the weekend.

The capital could reach a balmy 17C next weekend with sunny spells making it feel positively spring like.

Melting snow and torrential rain have sparked 67 flood warnings and alerts as temperatures rocketed to 13C yesterday.

But Scotland, Northern Ireland, and parts of northern England will get more snow this week, sparking Met Office alerts for poor conditions.

Follow our weather live blog below for the latest news and updates from around the country

  • Olivia Burke

    NORTHERN IRELAND NAB TOP SPOT TEMPS

    After falling victim to a severe bout of snow, Northern Ireland managed to hit the UK's highest temperatures last Sunday.

    It reached double figures in Armagh and was a stunning 13.3C.

    Spring is coming!

  • Dan Keane

    WEDNESDAY TO BE DULL AND RAINY

    Wednesday will be a generally dull day with variable amounts of cloud cover and some showers will develop, according to Meteogroup.

    There will be longer spells of rain across northern Scotland which may be wintry at times and will be heavy across western areas, the forecaster added.

     

  • Dan Keane

    ODDS-ON FOR TEMPERATURES TO REACH 20C THIS MONTH IN THE UK

    Leading bookmaker Coral makes it odds-on at 4-5 for temperatures to hit 20C or higher this month in the UK.

    The firm also goes 5-4 for this spring to be the hottest on record.

    “With temperatures warming up fast this week, we are now odds-on for 20C or higher being recorded in the UK this month,” said Coral’s John Hill.

    “It has been a welcome change this week after a long spell of freezing weather. Hopefully it is a sign we are set for a spectacular spring,” added Hill.

    Credit: � Terry Harris
  • Olivia Burke

    WHAT TO WEAR AS A WINTER CYCLIST

    Fitness influencer Elle Linton has explained the key parts of her cycling kit necessary during the winter. Here is her list of essentials:

    • Long thermal tights (or shorts and leg warmers) and sports bra
    • Base layer and socks
    • Thermal long-sleeved jersey or short-sleeved with arm warmers
    •  Cap, a headband to cover ears, buff for neck, helmet
    • Jacket, potentially a waterproof on damp days
    • Sunglasses to shield from the winter sun
    • Gloves and overshoes help keep hands and feet warm/dry
    • Backpack to keep your valuables safe and dry
    • Lip balm to protect your lips from harsh conditions

    DANGEROUS WINTER WEATHER KILLS FIVE IN US

    Five people are dead after an onslaught of dangerous weather swept across the southern US.

    Two deaths in Texas and another two in Kentucky as a result of crashes in perilous conditions, while another died in Louisiana after slipping on ice and succumbing to a fatal head injury.

    The unprecedented weather has also caused mass power outages in Texas and the Deep South, as snow continues to fall and temperatures are set to plummet further.

    BIG FREEZE THAWS

    UK temperatures could soar past the month's average as the big freeze gripping the country finally thaws.

    According to the Met Office, the highest temperatures are expected in the South East of up to 15C.

    Other areas are expected to reach above-average February temps, with highs of 10C anticipated in London.

    Norwich could catapult to 13C this week despite the temperature dropping below freezing last week.

    LOWEST BRAEMAR TEMP IN 25 YEARS

    The recorded temperature of -23C last week is the lowest in more than 25 years, The Met Office said.

    The incredible conditions in Braemar, Aberdeenshire were the lowest February temperatures since 1955.

    It was the UK's coldest night since December 30, 1995.

    LONDON THIS MORNING

    Clusters of rain are moving northeast through London and into the direction of Essex.

    The showers skip over the far southeast, providing a drizzle of rain compared to last weeks blanket of snow.

    RAINFALL WILL CAUSE ROAD TROUBLE

    Motorists have been cautioned to expect surface water and spray on the roads ahead of a bout of heavy rainfall.

    "Lines of intense rainfall" will affect travel conditions, Highways England and The Met Office warned.

    The heavy showers come after the UK ends its cold snap and temperatures slowly begin to rise.

    Highways England said, "Please take extra care, drive to the conditions and allow extra time for your journey."

    • Olivia Burke

      HEAVY RAIN BUT TEMPS HEADING UP

      Temperatures will continue to climb throughout this week despite an early dose of heavy rain and thunderr.

      Western areas are bracing for the brunt of the downpour, seeing the Environment Agency issue 65 flood alerts from south Devon to Norfolk.

      It's also set to be a windy one – especially in the northwest where gusts will reach up to 65mph.

    • Olivia Burke

      HIGH WINDS HITTING THE HIGHLANDS

      The Met Office have issued a yellow warning of wind today across the Highlands and Eilean Siar.

      The strong winds are expected to cause some travel disruption, mainly to road, air, and ferry passengers.

      Some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and large waves.

      The warning is in place from 4am today until 6pm this evening.

    • Olivia Burke

      US SNOW STORM COULD BE HEADING FOR UK

      A deadly -15C snow storm is attacking America this week, that could head for the UK.

      Harsh winter storms that formed at the US-Canada border and temperatures plummeting to lows of -15C forced President Joe Biden to declare an emergency in Texas.

      Forecasts show wintry conditions hovering over the Atlantic are heading for western parts of the UK.

      The Global Forecast System predicts the worst of the weather will divert north just before hitting the UK, reducing its power.

    • Olivia Burke

      TODAYS FORECAST

      A cluster of ran will clear eastwards, slowly in the south east England and notably north-west Scotland, which will remain very windy. Conditions are mild with some sunshine expected, but heavy showers could crop up this afternoon.

      In the evening, showers become gradually lighter, leaving clear spells behind. More rain moves east during the night and wind picks up once again.

    • Abe Hawken

      TOMORROW'S FORECAST

      The Met Office added: "Rain clearing during the morning, but returning to many southern and central areas during the afternoon and evening.

      "Some sunshine for a time, heavy showers in the northwest where windy."

    • Abe Hawken

      TONIGHT'S FORECAST

      The Met Office added: "Showers dying out, leaving clear spells behind, but further rain moving east through the night and becoming windy once again."

    • Abe Hawken

      TODAY'S FORECAST

      The Met Office said: "A band of rain will clear eastwards, although slow to clear parts of south-east England, and particularly north-west Scotland where it will remain very windy.

      "Mild with some sunshine to follow, but also heavy showers this afternoon."

    • Joseph Gamp

      RISING TEMPERATURES SPARK FLOOD WARNINGS OVER RAIN AND MELTING SNOW

      Temperatures have already begun creeping up thanks to a blast from the Atlantic, sparking flood warnings over torrential rain and melting snow.

      Milder conditions are expected to last until the weekend, pushing temperatures into double figures during the day,

      The sudden change to spring-like temperatures could see clouds of allergens released into the air.

      Airborne allergens expert Max Wiseberg said: "If we get weather that’s warmer than normal for the time of year this could create a mini pollen bomb with flurries of alder, hazel, elm and willow pollen exploding into the air.

      "This would make a very early start to the hay fever season, so sufferers should ensure they’re adequately prepared," he told the Telegraph.

    • Joseph Gamp

      HAY FEVER WARNING AS 17C HEAT COULD CAUSE 'POLLEN BOMB'

      HAY fever sufferers have been warned a temperature surge could trigger a "pollen bomb" during the half-term holidays.

      It comes just a week after ten inches of snow blanketed Britain as temperatures plunged to -23C – the coldest night in 65 years.

      Read more here.

    • Joseph Gamp

      WATCH: VIDEO SHOWS A96 COMPLETELY COVERED IN SNOW AFTER AVALANCHE

      Video shows A96 completely covered in snow after avalanche as weather causes travel chaos around country

       

    • Joseph Gamp

      UK WEATHER FORECAST FOR TUESDAY, IN BRIEF

      The Met Office’s forecast for Tuesday says: “Rain will be slow to clear the southeast.

      “Elsewhere sunshine and showers are expected, these frequent and heavy in the west and northwest.

      “Windy with gales in the northwest. Mild.”

    • Joseph Gamp

      MILD START TO TUESDAY AS UK WEATHER WARMS UP

    • Joseph Gamp

      WHOLE OF UK WILL BE WARMER THIS WEEK, SAYS MET OFFICE

      Chief Meteorologist Neil Armstrong of the Met Office said: “For the past week the UK has been in a very cold airmass with temperatures well below average.

      "This will change through the weekend as milder air moves in from the Atlantic and pushes that cold airmass out into the North Sea. 

      “From Monday the whole UK will be in the warmer air mass, with daytime temperatures reaching 12-13C in the south, replacing days which never got above freezing the week before.”

    • Joseph Gamp

      ENVIRONMENT AGENCY WARNS OF FLOODING FROM MELTING ICE

      Up to ten inches of snow blanketed Britain last week as temperatures plunged to -23C – the coldest night in 65 years.

      Now a sharp rise in the mercury has melted the snow and sparked flood warnings across the UK.

      The Environment Agency warns: "Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses, and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded."

      Motorists battled flooded roads near Ely in Cambridgeshire this morning after heavy rain overnight.

      It comes after the River Great Ouse burst its banks and the snow and ice thawed.

    • Joseph Gamp

      UK COULD BE AFFECTED BY ‘ATLANTIC WEATHER SYSTEM’

      Brian Gaze at Weather Outlook said the UK could be affected by an Atlantic system.

      However, he added temperatures should be “much higher than in recent days”.

    • Joseph Gamp

      WEATHER FORECAST TONIGHT

      The Met Office’s weather forecast for tonight says: “Further cloud and rain moving northeast across all parts.

      “Some heavy rain expected over hills of the west.

      “Becoming windy with gales developing in the northwest. Mild and frost free.”

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