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Weather forecast today – Live Met Office FLOOD warnings as heavy rain, winds, and snow batter Brits over half term

WET AND WILD

BRITAIN is being battered by heavy rain, strong winds and even snow during a miserable half term week.

Heavy rain, and hail is due to last until at least Friday, with the Met Office issuing yellow weather warnings over the downpours.

The is a particular risk of flooding to home over the course of the week, forecasters have warned.

And there could even be snow in some places by the weekend, forecasters warned, wrapping up a thoroughly dismal outlook for the week.

It spells misery for millions of Brits who'd hoped to enjoy a dry half term they could enjoy outside given the number of coronavirus restrictions preventing many other activities taking place.

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  • RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY

    Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern said a weather front from the West will bring six to eight hours of rainfall on Tuesday.

    He added: “The rain by lunchtime makes it into eastern England, central England and then eventually eastern Scotland by the end of the afternoon.”

  • UNSETTLED WEATHER AT THE END OF OCTOBER

  • UP TO 80MM OF RAIN THIS WEEK

    Chief Meteorologist Andy Page said: “We have issued a Yellow warning covering parts of Wales and North-west England for Thursday and Friday as additional rainfall in these areas may lead to impacts, including flooding.

    “Across the warning area accumulations of 30-40mm of rain can be expected, while isolated areas exposed the strong south-westerly winds could see 50-80mm.

    “We expect the heaviest rainfall to occur in the mountains of Wales where some areas could witness 130mm of rainfall.”

  • WEATHER WARNINGS IN PLACE THIS WEEK

    The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning as heavy downpours are expected across parts of central Wales and north-western England.

    Forecasters expect 30-40mm of rain and strong winds to hit the country on Thursday and Friday.

    Some mountain areas in Wales could also witness 130mm of rainfall, the Met Office said.

    Heavy downpours could bring a risk of flooding in homes, forecasters said.

    The Met Office said: “There is a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life.”

  • UNSETTLED END TO OCTOBER

    The Met Office has warned of an unsettled end to the month, with heavy rain and strong winds, interspersed with brighter periods.

    Chief Meteorologist Andy Page said: “Until the end of October we are looking at an unsettled spell of typical autumnal weather which will dominate the forecast.

    “The remnants of former Hurricane Epsilon have been subsumed into another deep area of low pressure to the south-west of Iceland, and although the low centre is a long way from our shores and won’t cause disruption, the trailing weather fronts associated with this system will bring wind and rain to the UK, along with a potentially heavy swell.

    “We have issued a Yellow warning covering parts of Wales and North-west England for Thursday and Friday as additional rainfall in these areas may lead to impacts, including flooding.”

    The map below shows a yellow weather warning for rain over Wales and parts of the north west of England on Thursday.

  • RAINY START

    It's a rainy start to the day today with showers moving from the west across the UK.

    The showers are expected to clear later in the day, with bright skies for many.

    It will still be breezy with showers mainly in the south and the west.

  • TUESDAY'S FORECAST

    It's set to be another damp but bright day today with showers mainly in the south and the west.

    Early cloud and rain over Northern Ireland, Wales and southwest England will move eastwards, becoming mainly confined to Scotland by late afternoon.

    Wrap up warm because it will be breezy, the Met Office has said.

  • LONG RANGE FORECAST

    The Met Office's long range forecast says: “Conditions are expected to remain unsettled into the beginning of November, with outbreaks of rain at first, followed by a more showery regime.

    “Strong winds are also likely to continue for the first few days of November, with gales possible at times.

    “However, it will likely feel milder, particularly in the south. A change to more settled conditions is then expected midway through this period with any showers or longer spells of rain most likely affecting northern areas.

    “Elsewhere, the south of the UK has an increased likelihood of seeing the best of this dry and settled weather. Winds possibly becoming light across the south with the strongest winds confined to the north.

    “These more settled conditions bring an increased risk of colder weather with overnight frost and morning fog.”

  • OUTLOOK FOR WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY

    It will be rather cold with blustery showers Wednesday, the Met Office said.

    The weather is set to become much milder towards the end of the week.

    Rain is however expected in most parts of the country, particularly heavy on western hills.

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  • AUTUMN FOLIAGE

    Trees growing in a tree plantation show their Autumn foliage in Knutsford, England.

  • WETTEST DAY

    The UK's wettest day since records began saw Storm Alex bring enough rain to fill the Loch Ness, new figures reveal.

    Data from the national weather service show Saturday October 3, the day after the storm, was the wettest day since records began in 1891.

  • TUESDAY'S WEATHER FORECAST

    The Met Office's weather forecast for Tuesday says: “Rain continuing east, reaching the far north-east of Scotland later, followed by sunny spells into western and some central parts.

    “Blustery showers following will become heavy later.”

  • THIS EVENING AND TONIGHT

    Showers will gradually fade away, lasting longest in the north.

    Clear spells will then allow a touch of frost in some northern and eastern parts, before cloud and rain reaches Northern Ireland, Wales and south-west England later.

  • YELLOW WARNING

    Met Office Chief Meteorologist Andy Page said: “We have issued a Yellow warning covering parts of Wales and North-west England for Thursday and Friday as additional rainfall in these areas may lead to impacts, including flooding.

    “Across the warning area accumulations of 30-40mm of rain can be expected, while isolated areas exposed the strong south-westerly winds could see 50-80mm.

    “We expect the heaviest rainfall to occur in the mountains of Wales where some areas could witness 130mm of rainfall.”

  • UNSETTLED END TO OCTOBER

    The end of October is set to remain unsettled with heavy rain and strong winds, the Met Office has said.

    Chief Meteorologist Andy Page said: “Until the end of October we are looking at an unsettled spell of typical autumnal weather which will dominate the forecast.”

  • AUTUMN COLOURS

    Members of the public enjoy the bright autumnal colours in the Japanese Garden in Cowden in Clackmannanshire, Scotland.

  • SHOWERS GRADUALLY FADING, TOUCH OF FROST

    Showers will slowly fade away tonight across the country.

    Any downpours will last the longest in the north but there will be some clear spells – meaning a touch of frost is likely in some northern and eastern areas of the country.

    In London, it will be a largely dry and clear night as temperatures could dip to 4C.

    A band of rain will start to form at around 9pm in the Celtic Sea, which will move over Ireland – eventually reaching Wales and the south-west of England by the early hours of Tuesday morning.

  • UNSETTLED END TO OCTOBER

    The Met Office is expecting the rest of the month to remain unsettled with a combination of heavy downpours, strong gusts, as well as brighter periods.

    Chief Meteorologist Andy Page said: “Until the end of October we are looking at an unsettled spell of typical autumnal weather which will dominate the forecast.

    “Every year we expect the remnants of decaying tropical hurricanes to disrupt conditions when they enter the North Atlantic.”

    An area of deep low pressure located to the south-west of Iceland has subsumed the decaying former Hurricane Epsilon. The trailing weather fronts will bring wind and rain to the UK.

    Tropical storm Zeta could move into the North Atlantic, which could bring heavy rain at the weekend and early into next week.

  • RIDING THE WAVES

    SURFERS were pictured riding the waves in St Ives this afternoon as the latest storm blows in.

    It's likely to stay dry in the Cornish beach resort as there is a less than five per cent chance of rain before 5pm.

    According to satellite Met Office data, showers remain isolated and they are located off the coast of the Celtic Sea.

    The picture tomorrow (Tuesday) is bleak as rain is forecast overnight.

  • FLOODING HITS GREATER MANCHESTER

    Flash flooding has hit some areas of Greater Manchester as heavy rain fell across the region this morning.

    There were reports of flooding on some main roads in Stockport and the train tracks at Rose Hill Marple railway station were flooded, causing a blockage on the line.

    Stations that are affected by the flooding include Rose Hill Marple, Woodley, Hyde Central and Hyde North. Disruption is expected to last until 15.15pm, according to Northern Rail.

    Showers are expected to fall in the region throughout the afternoon.

  • HALF-TERM FORECAST

    Wet and windy weather is set to sweep the nation from the second day of the half-term holidays in England and Wales, with weather warnings in the west for later in the week.

    The Met Office has forecast an “unsettled week of autumnal weather”, starting with chilly nights and a rain front expected

    to affect all parts of the UK on Tuesday.

    Sunshine with blustery showers is forecast for all regions from Monday to Wednesday, with the combination likely to lead to “plenty of rainbows”, according to Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon.

  • A BEACON OF HOPE

    A rainbow, which has become the symbol to support the NHS since lockdown in March, has appeared over the promenade in between heavy showers in Swansea.

    The forecast in the Welsh city looks unsettled over the next couple of days, with thundery downpours and gusts possible.

    Towards the end of the week, rain is expected to remain persistent and it could be particularly heavy over the hills but milder temperatures are likely.

  • ENJOYING HALF TERM AT LYME REGIS

    Families and staycationers have been pictured today enjoying the sunny spells at Lyme Regis, Dorset.

    Temperatures in the seaside town are currently in the region of 12-13C.

    Staycationers look set to be making the most of the pleasant weather on the first day of the half-term holidays as rain could be on its way this afternoon.

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