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Saturday 28 November Published at 20:54

UK Warnings

Weather Warning

Issued by the Met Office


Issued on Sat 28 Nov at 10:40

Valid from 10:30 Sat to 20:00 Sat 28 Nov

A blustery weekend is expected across England and Wales. Gusts around coastlines exposed to the westerly or southwesterly winds could reach 60 mph at times. Inland gusts will be less frequent but could still reach 50 mph.


Issued on Sat 28 Nov at 17:23

Valid from 21:00 on Sat 28 Nov to 10:00 on Sun 29 Nov

Wintry showers will lead to some icy surfaces in many parts of Scotland overnight and into Sunday morning. The public are advised to take extra care when travelling.

YELLOW WARNING OF STRONG WIND for England, Wales N Ireland and Scotland

Issued at 12:20 on Sat 29 Nov

Valid from 07:00 on Sun 29 Nov to 20:00 on Sun 29 Nov 2015

Severe west to southwesterly gales are expected to affect England, Wales, Northern Ireland and parts of southern Scotland on Sunday. Inland gusts of 50-60 mph could occur, especially in the west and over northern England. Gusts around western coasts could reach 70 mph, this most likely around coasts of north Wales, northwest England and Dumfries and Galloway.

The public should be aware of the potential for disruption due to the gales and severe gales.


Issued at 12:50 on Sat 28 Nov

Valid from 07:00 on Sun 29 Nov to 10:00 on Mon 30 Nov

Rain will turn to snow just north of the Central Belt on Sunday morning and into the afternoon, giving a few cm of snow at low levels and 10-15 cm over some higher ground. In other areas, wintry showers will persist, becoming heavier and more widespread later on Sunday and overnight into Monday, leading to further accumulating snow in places, together with icy surfaces.

The public should be aware of potential difficulties in travelling, and should keep up to date with any updates to this warning.

YELLOW WARNING OF RAIN for parts of Northern England

Issued at 12:25 on Sat 28 Nov

Valid from 06:00 on Sun 29 Nov to 14:00 on Sun 29 Nov 2015

Outbreaks of rain on Sunday will become heavy at times. Although rainfall totals are not expected to be particularly large, rivers remain high and are expected to respond, leading to the risk of flooding.

The public should be aware of possible localised disruption.


Issued at 11:54 on Fri 27 Nov

Valid from 00:15 on Mon 30 Nov to 23:45 on Tue 1 Dec

Spells of rain over the hills of Wales and northern England will lead to rising river levels, which in turn could lead to local flooding.

Flood Warning

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

There are currently 12 Flood warnings:

Scotland (6)

England (6)

Further updates will appear here.

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 23 November Published at 10:00

Monthly Outlook

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.

Next week

Will the shortest, darkest days of December also be wet and windy?

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 30 November


Saturday 28 November Published at 15:39


Rain or showers, some snow in the north. Gales.
This Evening and Tonight

Rain at first this evening in some southern areas, and also later tonight across Wales and Northern Ireland, otherwise showers, turning increasingly to snow across northern Scotland, where ice will become a hazard. Gales near coasts and on hills.


Rain and showers, with some fresh falls of snow in parts of Scotland, even to low levels. Very windy with gales. Risk of storm force winds near some western coasts.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday

Remaining windy for most with gales possible. Unsettled with rain or showers, locally heavy, occasionally turning to snow across northern hills. Colder interludes, with some chilly nights in the north.

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