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Wednesday 4 March Published at 00:02

UK Warnings

Weather Warning

Issued by the Met Office

YELLOW WARNING OF ICE for Northern Ireland, parts of Scotland, northern England and Wales.

Issued 1020 Tue 03 March 2015

Valid from 1800 Tue 03 March to 1000 on Wed 04 March.

Following showers of a wintry mix during Tuesday, icy stretches are expected to form on untreated surfaces on Tuesday evening and last into Wednesday morning's rush hour. In addition, further showers are likely overnight which may lead to wash-off of salt. These showers will be wintry over high ground, giving further local snow accumulations of some 2-5 cm above around 400 m though nearer 250 m over northern Scotland.

The public should be aware of the risk of tricky traveling conditions in places.

EARLY YELLOW WARNING OF RAIN for Scotland.

Issued 1030 on Tue 03 March 2015

Valid from 1200 Fri 06 March to 2355 on Sat 07 March.

Rain will be persistent and heavy at times through much of Friday and Saturday. The public should be aware of the risk of localised flooding and some travel disruption.

Flood Warning

Issued by the Environment Agency or by SEPA in Scotland and Natural Resources Wales in Wales

Tuesday 3 March

There are no flood warnings in force anywhere in the United Kingdom.

About the Met Office Weather Warnings

BBC Weather carries two types of weather warnings issued by the Met Office: Warnings and Early Warnings.

Warnings will be issued when severe weather is expected within the next 24 hours.

Early Warnings will be issued more than 24 hours ahead of severe weather.

There are three categories of event Red, Amber and Yellow - the most severe is Red.

A Warning and an Early Warning of the same colour have the same severity but are forecast to arrive at different times. Thus, the difference between a Red Warning and a Red Early Warning is the lead time of the event.

When a warning is in force, full information can be found at Met Office Weather Warnings

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

Monthly Outlook

Monday 2 March Published at 10:00

Monthly Outlook

Summary
Is winter coming or going?

March signals the start of the meteorological spring which we tend to associate with very changeable conditions; early morning frosts, occasional showers and a gradual increase in temperature. The winter months are December-February and whilst provisional statistics suggest it's very likely that the UK has seen its sunniest winter since records began in 1929, figures for temperature and rainfall have been fairly average.

Early figures for February show a drier and cooler than average month thanks to high pressure and settled conditions at the start.This trend for cooler than average conditions looks set to continue into March with strong winds, chilly temperatures, overnight frosts and heavy wintry showers. As we move towards the middle of the month, high pressure seeks to establish itself bringing more settled weather and a gradual increase in daytime temperatures.

Monday 2 March—Sunday 8 March
A wintry feel to the start of spring

Monday will be characterised by strong winds and gales across the UK bringing a mix of sunshine and showers. The best of the sunshine will be found in southern and eastern areas with heavy, thundery showers to the north and west. These showers are likely to bring hail and snow at times, particularly over higher ground but even to low levels for a time. Mid-single figure temperatures will feel much colder in the wind. Tuesday brings a slight easing of the wind but with further heavy, thundery and wintry showers for the north and west. A ridge of high pressure will build in through the middle part of the week to settle things down with fewer showers and much lighter winds but this will allow a widespread sharp frost for Thursday morning. Through the end of the week a band of rain will slip south-eastwards across the UK before an area of high pressure starts to push in from the south bringing drier and less windy conditions.

Monday 9 March—Sunday 15 March
Starting to feel a bit more spring-like

As high pressure continues to build from the south, much of the UK will see dry and settled weather with temperatures near or slightly above average by day but with temperatures falling away quickly overnight with widespread frost. It is likely that the settled weather will bring periods of sunny weather but there will also be cloudier interludes. Across northwestern areas it looks likely that there will be occasional outbreaks of rain as weather systems from the Atlantic sneak around the top of the ridge of high pressure.

Monday 16 March—Sunday 29 March
Staying settled for most but still chilly by night

In the second half of March it looks probable that the UKs weather will be dominated by high pressure at first, but that this will weaken and become more localised to the south of the by the end of the month. Under the high pressure, conditions will remain dry and settled with mild temperatures by day and cold, possibly frosty nights. Further north, sporadic rain and showers will continue to edge around the high pressure but any extended wet and windy period looks unlikely.

Next week

Will April bring the customary showers?

Monthly forecasting
The 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 9 March

Summary

Wednesday 4 March Published at 03:39

Summary

Turning dry and bright for many. Feeling pleasant in sunshine.
Today

Cold and bright start for many, with showers in the north and west of the country at first. Showers will gradually clear through the day leaving everywhere fine. Winds will ease, making it feel reasonably pleasant in the sunshine.

Tonight

Staying dry and clear in the south and east, leading to a widespread frost developing. Turning cloudy with patchy rain and strengthening winds in the northwest with gales in exposure.

Thursday

Rain in northwestern areas turning heavy and persistent. Further south, brighter, dry conditions will prevail, although it will probably become cloudy later. Windy in north with gales at times. Milder.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday

Rain affecting northwest Scotland, often heavy and persistent. Elsewhere, variable cloud with sunny spells. Windy for many with gales northwest. Rain edging south Sunday. Mild or very mild for most.

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