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Friday 9 December Published at 03:43
Issued by the Met Office
Friday 9 December
There are no weather warnings in force anywhere in the United Kingdom.
About the Met Office Weather Warnings
The Met Office warns the public and emergency responders of severe or hazardous weather which has the potential to cause danger to life or widespread disruption through the National Severe Weather Warning Service.
The Met Office issues warnings for rain, snow, wind, fog and ice. These warnings are given a colour depending on a combination of the likelihood of the event happening and the impact the conditions may have.
For more information, see the Met Office Weather Warnings Guide.
About Flood Warnings
The flood warnings are issued by the Environment Agency, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Natural Resources Wales, and sent to the BBC Weather Centre. We then issue a compendium of warnings based on the latest information available. When severe flood warnings are issued they will also be highlighted on TV broadcasts.
Find out more about Flood Warnings
There are a number of ways you find out whether your area is at risk from flooding. The Environment Agency, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Natural Resources Wales update their warnings 24 hours a day via the Floodline number.
Floodline - 0345 988 1188
Monday 5 December Published at 10:00
Will the year end on a chilly note?
With the chilly temperatures we've had across the country over the last week, you would be forgiven for forgetting that autumn only ended a few days ago. However, the statistics are in and it's official - autumn 2016 was drier, sunnier and a little warmer than average! September 2016 in particular was among the three warmest Septembers on record. Although we did have some wet and windy weather, on average it has been dry, with Scotland only receiving 67% of its normal rainfall total. Also, we've seen more sunshine than average with Scotland having one of the top five sunniest autumns on record.
Monday 5 December—Sunday 11 December
Becoming unusually mild.
The high pressure which has delivered cold conditions for the very beginning of winter, quickly gives way to low pressure this week. This change is going to allow warmer air to move in from the Atlantic. Though Monday morning starts cold and frosty for many, mild air moves in slowly from the far south west on Monday morning, spreading to all parts by late on Tuesday. As temperatures creep up, mist and fog is expected to develop widely, with murky conditions expected for many particularly on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. By Wednesday, wet and windy weather arrives in Northern Ireland and Scotland and gradually moves south, with clearer, cooler conditions following in behind on Thursday. Another spell of wet and windy weather arrives in the west on Friday and crosses all parts before clearing to the east of the UK on Saturday leaving Sunday relatively dry and bright.
Monday 12 December—Sunday 18 December
Keep an umbrella handy
As we move into mid-December, unsettled conditions are expected to continue. The wettest and windiest weather will tend to be in the north and west, with southern and eastern areas seeing drier and brighter weather. This somewhat changeable weather is then likely to be replaced by more settled conditions as pressure builds by the end of the week. Temperatures return to something closer to normal, which is chilly as we approach the shortest day of the year.
Monday 19 December—Sunday 1 January
Will Christmas be white?
Whilst there is some uncertainty surrounding this period, I'm sure you're keen to know if we're expecting a white Christmas! Currently, it is most likely that the pressure will continue to build toward the end of December, leading to a continuation of settled conditions. If the pressure does build then we can expect it to be drier than average for most areas with light winds. Temperatures are also then likely to be below average with sharp frosts and some fog around in the morning where skies clear overnight. There will also be plenty of crisp winter sunshine by day. There is the potential for some unsettled weather, but this looks less likely. So, although the Christmas period looks likely to be cold, it's unlikely to be white, but things could still change, so keep an eye on the forecast.
Will it be a frosty start to 2017?
Monthly forecastingThe weather beyond about a week ahead stretches even the most experienced weather forecaster. Complex numerical weather forecast models from the Met Office and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) are run many times for the month (and season) ahead to build up a picture of the likelihood of different weather types affecting the UK.
Next update at 10:00, Monday 12 December
Saturday 10 December Published at 15:38
Rain clearing in the south, drier for all tomorrow.
This Evening and Tonight
Tonight, the rain in the south will clear, leaving a mostly dry and chillier for England and Wales. Further north, it will be windy with some showers, although these will ease through. Fog patches will form in the south-west.
Sunday will be largely dry, albeit fresher, with some sunshine. However, patchy rain may affect northwestern areas and fog may affect the south-west overnight. Winds easing in the north.
Outlook for Monday to Wednesday
Changeable. It will often be cloudy with patchy rain spreading eastwards across the British Isles. Windy at times in the north. Patchy frost at first, otherwise generally mild.