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Thursday 26 November Published at 07:30
Issued by the Met Office
YELLOW EARLY WARNING OF HEAVY RAIN for West Highlands of Scotland.
Updated 25 November at 10:30
Valid from 00:05 to 15:00 on Friday 27 November
Following some wet weather on Thursday afternoon, rain will turn heavier on Thursday night and Friday morning, before turning showery during the afternoon. Be aware of the risk of some low level disruption due to localised flooding of roads.
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
Monday 23 November Published at 10:00
Atlantic winds set to dominate
November's exceptional mild spell came to an abrupt end over the weekend. A northerly blast brought snow to some places on Saturday, and many parts of the country finally saw a couple of frosty nights. Early morning temperatures as low as minus 6 Celsius were quite a shock after so many days of 15 degrees or more. Temperatures will head back up to normal as winds from the west return, and the coming month is set to see winds predominantly from a westerly quarter.
Monday 23 November—Sunday 29 November
Windy and unsettled but also some sunshine
The weekend's cold, bright weather hangs on over England and Wales on Monday, once freezing fog patches clear away, before rain and higher temperatures over Scotland and Northern Ireland spread southeastwards later. After early rain in the southeast, Tuesday and Wednesday will see quite strong or even gale force northwesterly winds across the whole country. There'll be some sunshine but showers will run into many western and northern parts, these becoming persistent for a time. With temperatures near normal, it will feel chilly in the wind, and the showers will be of snow on Scottish hills. It becomes less windy and milder during Thursday but also more cloudy, with some rain in the west. Friday and Saturday will then see further quick changes in the weather, as a spell of rain is carried eastwards across all parts followed by strong and colder westerly winds with showers - these wintry in Scotland.
Monday 30 November—Sunday 6 December
Wind, rain, sun. High risk of gales.
December looks set to start with a period of very unsettled and often windy weather. In fact, there's a high chance of gales or severe gales during this week. The strong winds will occasionally push bands of rain across the country, the rain heaviest in the north and west. In between the rain bands, colder west or northwesterly winds will bring brighter days with blustery showers. The north will feel the impact of these colder interludes most, with showers falling as snow to quite low levels at times. On the other hand, southern areas will see the mild intervals last longer, and with all the wind there'll be very little in the way of overnight frost or fog anywhere.
Monday 7 December—Sunday 20 December
In the zone
The pattern of frequent, and strong, westerly winds that have characterised this very unsettled November is known as 'zonal flow'. At present, indications from the computer models are that the middle fortnight of December will continue with this weather pattern. So expect a continuation of unsettled weather with active low pressure systems bringing bouts of wet and potentially very windy weather, but with colder showery interludes. Overall, temperatures will probably range from a bit below normal in the north to a little above normal in the south. Frost is likely to be infrequent, but northern hills will often see snow in the showery periods.
Will the shortest, darkest days of December also be wet and windy?
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 30 November
Thursday 26 November Published at 02:41
Rather cloudy. Wetter in the west. Brighter in the east.
There will be a few sunny spells around but also some rain and drizzle which will become heavier and more persistent in northwest Scotland later. Light winds, strengthening later with a risk of gales in the north. Feeling mild.
Some clear spells in the east but generally cloudy overnight with patches of rain and drizzle, heaviest and most persistent in northwest. Winds strengthening from the northwest later.
A squally band of heavy rain will be moving southeastwards. Markedly colder and showery conditions will follow with snow likely on northern hills. Very windy with gales possible.
Outlook for Saturday to Monday
Feeling colder over the weekend with heavy showers moving eastwards, turning wintry over northern high ground. On Monday, rain moving southwards, with blustery showers behind. Very windy especially on Sunday.