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UK weather forecast LIVE – Met Office issues warnings as melting snow & heavy rain wreak havoc across Britain

BRITAIN is set for three days of heavy rainfall and flooding next week as yellow warnings remain across the UK.

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

  • SUNDAY FORECAST

    It's set to be a mix of sunny spells and showers today, with snow warnings no longer in place across the UK.

    Showers will mostly be in the north west with a longer spell of rain for Scotland this afternoon.

    Southern and eastern England will become mostly dry as the day goes on. Windy in the north.

  • MINIMUM TEMPS TO HIT -1C OVERNIGHT, SHOWS MET OFFICE MAP

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

    Yesterday, 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.”

  • FLOOD ALERTS IN PLACE ACROSS BRITAIN

    BRITS have been warned of flooding as heavy rain and melting snow combine with 23 warnings and 100 alerts in place.

    Fears that homes could be hit and lives could be at risk are growing as the country prepares to be battered with three days of rainfall.

    Forecasters had earlier said towns in Essex, Hertfordshire and East Anglia could be "cut off" as three inches of snow fell. Now, three days of heavy rain are predicted - with a slew of flood warnings issued.

    But the weather is set to get milder - and much wetter.

    Read more here.

  • WEATHER FORECAST FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 17

    UK weather forecast for Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 January - wet, windy and cold with snow in places
  • WHAT HAPPENED DURING THE LAST BEAST FROM THE EAST?

    During the last Beast from the East in February 2018, winds swept in from Siberia – bringing 20in of snow and the coldest March day on record.

    The Beast from the East combined with Storm Emma to cause havoc in the UK for a month, bringing heavy snowfall to large areas.

    The Met Office issued red weather warnings of a danger to life as the storm’s 70mph winds hit the polar vortex — bringing deadly snowdrifts and a -15C windchill.

    It took water companies days to restore supplies to most customers after weather-related problems.

  • 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.”

  • WHERE HAS THE BEAST FROM THE EAST 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.

  • FORECAST: MELTING SNOW AND HEAVY RAIN ‘LIKELY TO LEAD TO FLOODING’ UNTIL WEDNESDAY

    The Met Office has now issued a series of warnings for deluges on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday – and experts have told Brits: “Fast-flowing or deep floodwater is possible, causing a danger to life.”

    Wales is set to see the worst of the rain, although millions of people in the north-west and South Yorkshire will also take a hit.

    This afternoon, 22 flood warnings – meaning flooding is expected and immediate action is needed – are in place, largely across Leicestershire and Lincolnshire.

    A further 111 flood alerts have also been issued.

    Experts say low pressure systems will move in from the Atlantic – bring with them “heavy and prolonged rainfall”. That, combined with melting snow, is “likely to lead to flooding”, forecasters say.

  • CHILLY START TO SUNDAY MORNING WITH ICE PATCHES TO THE EAST

    The Met Office's official Twitter posted: "A chilly start to #SundayMorning with some patchy #ice across eastern areas."

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

    Yesterday, 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.”

  • MET OFFICE RELEASES '4CAST' FOR SUNDAY

  • WATCH: WEATHER FORECAST FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 17

    UK weather forecast for Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 January - wet, windy and cold with snow in places
  • WHAT HAPPENED DURING THE LAST BEAST FROM THE EAST?

    During the last Beast from the East in February 2018, winds swept in from Siberia - bringing 20in of snow and the coldest March day on record.

    The Beast from the East combined with Storm Emma to cause havoc in the UK for a month, bringing heavy snowfall to large areas.

    The Met Office issued red weather warnings of a danger to life as the storm's 70mph winds hit the polar vortex — bringing deadly snowdrifts and a -15C windchill.

    It took water companies days to restore supplies to most customers after weather-related problems.

  • SSW WEATHER EVENT '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."

  • WHERE HAS THE BEAST FROM THE EAST 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.

  • WHERE WILL THE BEAST FROM THE EAST HIT IN 2021?

    Forecasters suggest a new "Beast from the East" could hit Britain with "significant" snow and -5C daytime temperatures for two months.

    Freezing conditions similar to those which caused the phenomenon in 2018 are forming, with experts warning we could be battered once more.

    Today (January 15), ice warnings have again been issued by the Met Office - with "icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths".

    There is a yellow ice warning in place for almost all of the UK until 10am today.

    The Met Office tweeted earlier: "If you have woken up to fog this morning, please take extra care on your journey."

  • MET OFFICE: AIR AND TEMPERATURE MAP

  • FRIDAY SAW THE COLDEST CONDITIONS IN TWO YEARS AS TEMPERATURES FELL TO -11.8C

    Yesterday, 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.”

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