Until Monday afternoon Met Office weather warnings for rain and wind are in place across the UK. The Met Office are forecasting “unsettled” weather patterns over the coming days, and much of the UK is still reeling from the effects of Storm Dennis, which caused widespread flooding and travel disruption last weekend.
Met Office warning: 75mph gales, heavy rain and snow to hit THIS WEEKEND
Met Office warning: Met Office weather warnings for Friday
Yesterday two areas in Cumbria, Seathwaite and Honister Pass recorded more rain in 24 hours than the country’s average rainfall for February.
Scott Squires, Duty Tactical Manager for Natural Resources Wales said: “As the flood waters recede and communities start to get back on their feet, we’ll continue to support local authorities and emergency service in these affected areas.
“Over the coming days our teams will be checking for any signs of damage to our flood defences, and removing blockages and debris which has built up in culverts and drainage grids etc.”
Currently more than 200 flood warnings and alerts have been issued by the Environment Agency.
There are five severe ‘danger to life’ warnings in place for the following regions, as of Friday morning:
- River Lugg at Hampton Bishop
- River Severn at New Street, Upton upon Severn
- River Severn at Uckinghall
- River Severn at Waterside, Upton upon Severn
- River Wye at Hampton Bishop
Met Office warning: WXCHARTS maps show snow may hit parts of the UK this weekend
The Met Office are forecasting another potential “deep low-pressure system early next week” in their latest update.
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.”
As well as wind and rain, snow forecast maps from WXCHARTS also show potential snowfall over the weekend.
The majority of the snow is forecast to fall in Scotland, but Northern Ireland and parts of northern England are also forecast to see a dusting.
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Where are the Met Office 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.
Met Office warning: Met Office weather warnings for Saturday
Met Office warning: Met Office weather warnings for Monday
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.
The warning states some regions could see wind gusts up to 75mph on Saturday.
The warning reads: “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 55-65 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 restricted to higher ground (above 200 to 300 m).
“Winds will gradually moderate during Saturday evening.”
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.