Weather forecast today – UK Met Office warns of heavy rain as Britain braces itself for downpours and gusts Sunday

THE Met Office has warned of heavy rain as Britain braces itself for downpours and bitter winds over the coming days.

A cold spell is forecast to sweep through the country lasting until next Thursday – making it another week of miserable weather for many Brits.

Many areas will start off cloudy, damp and murky as dull conditions become confined to the north and east of England.

Gusts will pick up as heavy downpours return on Sunday, making for a very wet end to the weekend.

Follow our weather live blog for all the latest news and updates…

  • Joseph Gamp

    IN PICTURES: COLD SCENES AS SUN RISES OVER RIVER TORRIDGE, NORTH DEVON

    Cold scenes in North Devon this morning as the sun rises over the River TorridgeCredit: Alamy Live News

     

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    CORAL GIVES 1-2 ODDS OF SNOW ON CHRISTMAS DAY

    Coral makes it 1-2 for this year to be a White Christmas (snow in any major city in the UK on Christmas Day).

    Coral is betting on the individual cities where snow will fall on Christmas Day. Edinburgh and Glasgow are both 3-1 to see the white stuff on the big day, Manchester is 4-1 and London is 5-1.

    The firm is also odds-on at 4-5 for December to be a record cold month, while it 4-6 for the upcoming winter being the coldest on record.

    "2020 has been a miserable year, but for many, waking up to snow on Christmas Day would give them something to smile about as the year draws to an end," said Coral's John Hill.

    He added: "The downside to a White Christmas is that we are on course for the coldest December on record, while we may even have one of the chilliest winters of all time."

  • Joseph Gamp

    MET OFFICE: 'EAST/WEST' SPLIT WITH SATURDAY'S WEATHER

  • Joseph Gamp

    MET OFFICE DISMISSES CLAIMS 'BEAST FROM THE EAST' IS HEADING TO UK

    The Met Office has dismissed claims that a “beast from the east” will hit the UK later this month or in the New Year.

    The forecaster instead suggested that milder weather is on the way.

    Senior press officer Grahame Madge told DevonLive: “There is nothing to indicate a cold front that is heading towards us from the east.

    “Looking at the weather pattern over the next week, we can’t see anything other than quite strong westerly influxes, Atlantic dominated weather, and quite a lot of low pressure systems which will come our way.

    “This will bring wet, windy and milder weather, although there may be interludes of grass frost, but the weather pattern is distinctly unsettled”.

  • Joseph Gamp

    CORAL 1-2 ODDS FOR COLDEST DECEMBER ON RECORD

    Leading bookmaker Coral makes it 1-2 for this month to be the coldest December on record in the UK as temperatures plunge towards -10C.

    The firm is offering 4-6 for this winter to be the coldest ever in the UK, while it is 4-9 that we will have a White Christmas.

    Coral's John Hill, said: "Large parts of the UK should see some snow over the next few days and with temperatures heading towards -10C, our betting suggests we are on course for the coldest December ever in the UK."

    He added: "Looking ahead to later this month, the probability of having a White Christmas is growing all the time. It may not just be the highlands which see the white stuff fall on Christmas Day this year."

  • Joseph Gamp

    WET WET WET

    Heavy rain and strong winds are set to batter Britain for the next two days.

    Temperatures will drop to as low as 2C.

    Heavy rain could cause flooding in Scotland as the Met Office weather warning for rain is in place in North East Scotland until noon.

    Scotland could see downpours up to 40-60mm

  • Joseph Gamp

    IN PICTURES: MIST OVER THE SHEPPEY CROSSING IN SWALE, KENT

    Mist over the Sheppey Crossing in Swale in KentCredit: Alamy Live News
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    MET OFFICE: RAIN WARNINGS IN PLACE FOR PARTS OF SCOTLAND

  • Joseph Gamp

    ON THE LASH

    Boozy Brits hit the town last night and didn't let the rain dampen their spirits.

    Many were seen enjoying a festive night out with pals despite the cold temperatures.

    Pals hit the town in York, Liverpool and London – all are currently in Tier 2 – where they braved the rain to drink outdoors.

    Read more here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    WATCH: WEATHER FORECAST FOR TODAY

    Weather forecast for Saturday 12 December – bitter winds and heavy rain

  • Joseph Gamp

    IN PICTURES: RAINBOW SEEN OVER WORTHING PIER, WEST SUSSEX

    A rainbow shines over Worthing Pier in West Sussex this morningCredit: Alamy Live News
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    RARE SEABIRD COLONY ENJOYS BEST BREEDING SEASON FOR 26 YEARS

    A colony of one of the country's rarest seabirds has had its most successful season for more than 25 years, the National Trust has said.

    Nesting pairs of little terns fledged more than 200 chicks at Blakeney Point, a four-mile shingle spit off the north Norfolk coast cared for by the conservation charity.

    The news comes as a welcome boost to the seabird, which has been in serious decline nationally since the 1980s, with fewer than 2,000 pairs now left in the UK.

    Rangers counted 154 pairs of little terns nesting over the summer months and 201 chicks – the most since 1994.

    They believe this was in part as the birds were less disturbed by people this year, with fewer visitors at the site at the beginning of the breeding season during the first national lockdown.

  • Joseph Gamp

    FOUR REGIONS ON FLOOD ALERT

     Heavy rain is forecast to bucket down over the weekend and four regions are already on flood alert.

    One is the River Tamar valley between Devon and Cornwall, where people in homes in low-lying areas are making sure they have sandbags at the ready in case water starts lapping against their front doors.

    The Environment Agency said river levels are rising and flooding is possible throughout today (Sat).

    In a grim warning to residents in towns and villages along the valley, they said "Flooding to low lying land and roads close to the river is possible. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions."

    Similar alerts have been issued to hundreds of thousands of residents in three other regions: The River Cam in Cambridgeshire, The River Soar in Leicestershire and The Rivers Wid and Can in Essex.

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    Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin said Eastern areas of the UK will remain wet and grey.

    Temperatures will feel colder in rural areas, where it could get to 2C or 3C.

    In towns and cities, temperatures could be around 5C or 6C, the forecaster added.

  • Alahna Kindred

    WET WET WET

    Heavy rain and strong winds are set to batter Britain for the next two days.

    Temperatures will drop to as low as 2C.

    Heavy rain could cause flooding in Scotland as the Met Office weather warning for rain is in place in North East Scotland until noon.

    Scotland could see downpours up to 40-60mm

  • Chris Bradford

    WET START TO SATURDAY

    Most Brits will wake up to downpours as many areas are expected to start off cloudy, damp and murky.

    Heavy rain is likely in the north-west of England and across parts of Scotland.

    The north-east of Scotland could face downpours of up to 100mm over higher ground.

    A Met Office weather warning for heavy rain remains in place until noon.

    There is a chance of some mist and fog along the east coast.

    Temperatures are expected to remain mild – so there is little risk of frost – hovering between 6-8C.

    Credit: Met Office

     

  • Chris Bradford

    DRIVING IN ADVERSE WEATHER

    Heavy rain is set to batter parts of Scotland today, with downpours of up to 100mm in some places.

    Here's how motorists can stay safe when driving in adverse weather.

    • Avoid starting your journey until downpours clear
    • Choose main roads where you're less likely to be exposed to fallen branches and debris.
    • Used dipped headlights if visibility is reduced
    • Grip your steering wheel with both hands as gusts of wind can unsettle vehicles
    • Roads will be more slippery than usual in wet weather so give yourself more time to react when approaching a hazard.
    • Keep your eyes peeled on the road at all times as spray from other vehicles can reduce your visibility.

    UNLIKELY TO BE A WHITE CHRISTMAS

    A White Christmas currently looks unlikely, according to the Met Office's long-term forecast.

    The run-up to the festive season will see a mixture of blustery showers and brighter spells for most of the UK.

    Downpours, accompanied by milder temperatures, will likely be heaviest in the west, while areas in the east will enjoy drier spells.

    The weather towards December 25 is likely to be settled but outbreaks of rain are still expected at times.

    Showers could become wintry but temperatures are likely to hover around average for this time of year.

    BRITS HOPING FOR FESTIVE WEATHER COULD BE DISAPPOINTED

    Forecaster Aidan McGivern told the Metro that Brits hoping for festive weather in the run-up to Christmas could be left disappointed.

    He said: "If the recent snow, ice and fog has left you hankering after something a bit more festive in the run-up to Christmas, well, the next 10 days weather forecast is going to throughly disappoint you – and me."

    He added: "The next ten days involves a lot of low pressure, it involves a lot of rain and eventually it is going to turn much milder."

    ODDS CUT ON WETTEST DECEMBER ON RECORD

    Leading bookmaker Coral has cut the odds on this month being the wettest December on record to evens (from 5-4).

    The firm is offering odds of 1/2 on a White Christmas (snow in any major city in the UK on Christmas Day) this year, while it is odds-on at 4/6 to be the coldest winter ever.

    Coral is also betting on the individual cities where snow will fall on Christmas Day. Edinburgh and Glasgow are both 3-1 to see the white stuff on the big day, Manchester is 4-1 and London is 5-1.

    "It is going to a washout over the next few days and with the amount of rain likely to fall across the UK, we could be set for the wettest December on record," said Coral’s John Hill.

    "Looking further ahead, the prospects of a White Christmas are increasing all the time. The question now may not be if snow will fall, but how much on the big day," added Hill.

    CLOUDY, MISTY AND DAMP ON SATURDAY

    Most Brits will wake up to a cloud, misty and damp start to Saturday.

    Patchy rain will eventually clear, paving the way for brighter skies in the west and southwest.

    Sunny spells will spread their way eastwards throughout the day.

    Saturday looks set to be the brightest day of the weekend as rain returns on Sunday.

    Downpours will be heavy at times, making for a very wet end to the weekend.

    • Chris Bradford

      RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS SEEN IN SCOTLAND TODAY

    • Chris Bradford

      STARTING GREY BUT BRIGHTER BY LUNCHTIME

    • Chris Bradford

      MET OFFICE SKEPTICAL OF ‘BEAST FROM THE EAST’

      The Met Office has dismissed claims that a “beast from the east” will hit the UK later this month or in the New Year.

      The forecaster instead suggested that milder weather is on the way.

      Senior press officer Grahame Madge told DevonLive: “There is nothing to indicate a cold front that is heading towards us from the east.

      “Looking at the weather pattern over the next week, we can’t see anything other than quite strong westerly influxes, Atlantic dominated weather, and quite a lot of low pressure systems which will come our way.

      “This will bring wet, windy and milder weather, although there may be interludes of grass frost, but the weather pattern is distinctly unsettled”.

    • Chris Bradford

      A WET NIGHT IN THE NORTH WEST

      A cloudy evening with scattered showers throughout will be on the menu in the North West of England tonight.

      A band of rain will move in from the west and continue through the early hours of Saturday morning.

      Downpours may be heavy at times, but temperatures will remain fairly mild and are unlikely to dip below 6C.

       

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