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UK weather LIVE: Wind and snow to hit UK as Met Office keep 'close eye' on Atlantic system

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.

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UK weather LIVE: UK weather map

UK weather LIVE: Rain and wind lash UK as Met Office keep 'close eye' on Atlantic system (Image: GETTY - MET OFFICE -WINDY)

11.40pm update: Rain to ease offThe Met Office have forecast Sunday will start of wintery but the rain will ease off gradually from the northwest. 

Two weather warnings are in place. 

Both are yellow, one for snow and ice for north and central Scotland and one for rain in South Wales. 

Gursimran Hans has taken over live reporting from Kaisha Langton.

10.50pm update: Canary Islands engulfed by 'apocalyptic' sandstorm seen from space

A massive sandstorm has covered the Canary Islands, leading to "apocalyptic" scenes and even sparking sudden flight diversions from the popular tourist destination.

The sandstorm was so huge that even NASA satellites picked up the extreme weather event from space.

9.47pm update: Britain to be engulfed by two weeks of snow dropping as low as -8C

Snow warnings are in place across the weekend, and forecast maps are showing a deluge of snow will hit the UK through next week.

The latest snow maps indicate parts of Scotland could see snow for at least the next 14 days.

9.15pm update: Government 'must' spend on flood defences claims former adviser

Sir John Armitt said ministers need to take a more long-term approach to flood defence planning amid estimated millions needed for flood defences.

Sir John Armitt, the chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission, recommends a “timely one to remind them of” although the Conservatives pledged to spend £4bn on defences in its recent election manifesto up to 2026.

He told the Telegraph: “They have announced that they are going to give the Environment Agency another £4bn over the next five years. That’s a good sum, that doubles what they’re spending at the moment.

“But for the next five years it is not going to be enough. What we want to see is that commitment to say, ‘Yes, we recognise that they are going to need to have that rate of expenditure probably for the next 30 years’.”

8.16pm update: Met Office tweet about weekend forecast

The Met Office has tweeted a forecast for Sunday which reads: "Sunday starts unsettled, but fortunately skies will brighten and #winds will generally ease. Here's the forecast".

7.07pm update: Flood warnings update

The Environment Agency has issued 76 flood warnings and 169 flood alerts for England.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has 33 flood warnings and eight flood alerts in force across Scotland.

Natural Resources Wales has nine flood warnings and 18 flood alerts in effect in Wales.

6.38pm update: Care home staff carried through floods on tractor

Staff at a care home have been carried into work on a tractor and trailer, as flooding after Storm Dennis remains.

Hampton Bishop in Herefordshire was the last place in England to have a severe flood warning, meaning a danger to life, following the storm.

The county council provided this transportation for Hampton House care staff.

5.27pm update: Storm Dennis victims to get '£1,000 emergency cash'

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water has offered £1,000 to about 40 residents in a flood-hit Rhondda Cynon Taf village.

The water supplier has offered to provide cash to assist some households in the wake of Storm Dennis.

The assistance comes after a nearby pumping station was "overwhelmed" by the extreme weather.

Welsh Water said it was "not responsible" but it was "working with these customers to help them in these difficult circumstances".

UK weather LIVE: Wind map

UK weather LIVE: Wind forecast maps showing strong winds across the UK (Image: WINDY.COM)

4.34pm update: Sandstorm causing havoc in Europe

A sandstorm is currently affecting Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.

The storm is locally known as a calima and could see Saharan dust spread across the rest of the Canaries over the coming days.

3.48pm update: Up to 2.5 inches of rainfall could fall today

Stormy weather looks likely to bring further misery to already deluged communities for the third weekend in a row.

Up to 2.4 inches (60mm) of rainfall could be seen over higher ground in Wales, with around 0.8 to 1.6 inches (20 to 40mm) expected widely across South Wales.

Reporting taken over by Kaisha Langton

2.52pm update: Recap of warnings today

There are Met Office weather warnings in place today for snow and ice, wind and rain. 

UK weather LIVE: Heavy snow seen on a WXCHARTS map

UK weather LIVE: Heavy snow can be seen across much of the country on this snow risk map (Image: WXCHARTS)

1.40pm update: Heavy snow to hit the UK next week

The latest forecast maps from Windy, Netweather and WXCharts show heavy snow hitting the UK next week. 

Starting in Scotland over the weekend, snow will then track down towards Northern England, hitting Wales and London by Wednesday night.

1pm update: Could Storm Ellen be named on Monday? 

The Met Office has reiterated that Storm Ellen has not yet been named, and they do not believe at this stage it will be. 

However, Netweather forecaster Nick Finnis said a deluge of rain, snow and strong winds could trigger the fifth storm name of the season.

He said: “Models indicating a deep low tracking northeast close to or perhaps over northern Scotland, bringing a spell heavy rain proceeded by hill snow and gales or severe gales across the north.

“Could be the next named storm on the list – which is Storm Ellen.”

12.18pm update: Deep low-pressure system to sweep the UK next week

According to Met Office forecasters, a deep low-pressure system will arrive to the UK next week bringing more unsettled weather.

Chief forecaster at the Met Office Neil Armstrong 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.”

UK weather LIVE: Snow forecast maps showing heavy snow

UK weather LIVE: Netweather maps show heavy snow in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North of England and some in Wales (Image: NETWEATHER)

11.47am update: Flooding cut off areas in Yorkshire on Friday night

Flooding was reported across the southern edge of the Yorkshire Dales on Friday night, with the village of Horton-in-Ribblesdale cut off by rising water.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said on Twitter: "We have two crews from Settle, Grassington and a water rescue team from Ripon in Horton-in-Ribblesdale which is currently surrounded by floodwater.

"Crews are checking residents and ensuring everyone is safe."

The service also said it had helped four people to safety from a stranded vehicle in Skipton as well as helping with flooded properties in the village of Giggleswick.

11.07am update: More snow to come on Monday with fresh Met Office warnings

More warnings for snow are in place on Monday as snow is expected to spread northeastwards into Scotland early on Monday.

Snow will perhaps even fall to low levels during the morning rush hour across and to the south of the Central Belt of Scotland, before spreading into the rest of the warning area.

The snow warning for Monday is in place from 6am until 9am and is for Central, Tayside & Fife, Grampian, Highlands & Eilean Siar, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders and Strathclyde.

UK weather LIVE: Purple wind gust map showing strong wind

UK weather LIVE: Wind gust maps from WXCHARTS show fierce winds hitting the UK on Saturday (Image: WXCHARTS)

10.46am update: Met Office adds rain warning for Saturday

A yellow weather warning for rain is in place across Wales, with the Met Office warning a persistent band of heavy rain will hit areas already saturated from two weekends worth of storms. 

The warning for rain states: "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."

Rainfall totals of 0.78 to 1.57 inches (20 to 40mm) are likely fairly widely, and a few spots in the mountains of South Wales could see 1.96 to 2.36 inches (50 to 60 mm).

10.28am update: Met Office extends snow and ice warning into Sunday

Previously in place until 9pm on Saturday, the Met Office has extended the snow and ice warning into Sunday. 

The warning will now lift at 10am on Sunday.

9.46am update: There are 244 flood warnings in place

The Environment Agency have issued 244 flood warnings across England. 

There are two severe flood warnings, 90 flood warnings and 152 flood alerts in place. 

The areas under a severe flood warning - which means danger to life - are

8.57am update: Met Office wind warning for today in more detail

A Met Office yellow warning for wind is in place until 10pm today for Central, Tayside and Fife, Grampian, Highlands and Eilean Siar, North East England, North West England, Northern Ireland, Orkney and Shetland, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders, Strathclyde and Yorkshire and Humber.

The Met Office warns: “Strong, gusty winds are expected across Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of northern England during Saturday.

“The strongest winds will likely occur in the vicinity of heavy, squally showers.

“Whilst not all areas will see the strongest winds, gusts of 50-60 mph are expected in places.

“Exposed parts of northern and western Scotland may see gusts of 65-75 mph.

“Showers will fall as a mixture of rain, hail and sleet with snow accumulations expected to be mainly higher ground (above 200 to 300 m).

“Winds will gradually moderate during Saturday evening.”

8.22am update: Snow and ice warning for today in more detail

Snow and Ice

A warning for snow and ice is in place until 9pm today - with the Met Office saying snow will impact higher routes and could lead to difficult driving conditions.

The areas under a snow and ice warning are

Central, Tayside & Fife

Grampian

Highlands & Eilean Siar

Strathclyde

The Met Office warns: “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.

7.45am update: The Met Office has tweeted warning the UK what to expect today

With several Met Office weather warnings in place on Saturday, the Met Office has tweeted warning to expect unsettled conditions, wind and snow. 

The forecasters wrote: "It will be another unsettled morning, with a #wind warning in force for the north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. #Snow also likely on hills in the north"

Georgina Laud takes over live reporting from Millie Bull

UK weather LIVE: Met Office weather warnings for Saturday

UK weather LIVE: Warnings for snow, ice and wind are in place on Saturday (Image: MET OFFICE)

6am update: Over 250 flood warnings in place as the UK braces itself for more chaos

There are currently two severe flood warnings in place for Herefordshire.

Another 96 warnings are in place which may require "immediate action".

And a further 155 flood alerts are in place which suggest people should be "prepared". 

5am update: Weather charts show huge levels of snowfall next week

WXCHARTS suggests that next week will see the UK battered by snow. 

The chart suggests that some places could see a couple of inches while northern Scotland will experience 22 inches.

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.

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Next week will see a week of snow (Image: WXCHARTS)

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."

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Flood warning: Two severe flood warnings remain in place for Hampton Bishop (Image: GOV.UK)

Friday, February 21

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 and Katie Sewell.

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

UK weather LIVE: Met Office weather warnings for Friday (Image: MET OFFICE)

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: 

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

UK weather LIVE: Met Office weather warnings for Saturday (Image: MET OFFICE )

UK weather LIVE: UK floods map

UK weather LIVE: UK flood warnings and alerts map as of 1.20pm on Friday (Image: GOV.UK)

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

UK weather LIVE: Met Office weather warnings for Sunday (Image: MET OFFICE )

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:

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

UK weather LIVE: Met Office warnings for Monday (Image: MET OFFICE)

UK weather LIVE: UK snow map

UK weather LIVE: Snow forecast maps show snowfall over regions of the UK on Saturday (Image: WXCHARTS)

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.”