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Sunday 3 May Published at 08:30

UK Warnings

Weather Warning

Issued by the Met Office


Issued at:

0846 on Sat 2 May 2015

Valid from:

1900 on Sat 2 May to 1500 on Sun 3 May

Heavy rain will spread northeast across Scotland during Saturday night and Sunday, falling as snow down to 300-400 m in places. Accumulations of 2-5 cm are possible, mainly above 400 m. Strong easterly winds could result in some drifting.

The public should be aware of the risk of difficult driving conditions on higher roads. In addition, conditions are likely to be hazardous for those out on the hills and mountains, whilst heavy rain at lower elevations may lead to surface water on roads.

The warning has been updated to reduce the extent of the area and also to reduce the amounts of snow.

Flood Warning

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

Updated 03 May 06:25

There are flood warnings in force across the following regions:


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 27 April Published at 10:00

Monthly Outlook

Did you dust off your flip flops last week?

The UK can have summer like conditions, winter like conditions and anything in between.

Summer seemed to blossom last week as did the trees. The sights and sounds of anything but winter was in the air. Some of us were comfortable enough to dust off the flip-flops and most probably managed to find some time to enjoy a lunch break outside.

During the last week temperatures widely across the UK reached the high teens to low twenties. Tuesday reached 21.3 in Portmadog in Wales, Drumnadrochit in Scotland reached 21.2C on Wednesday and Holbeach saw 20.1 on Friday.

But what a difference a week can make. Frosty pictures will set the scene this week for many as we get to experience another side to spring and for those that have green fingers, nature will get a welcomed splash of water.

Monday 27 April—Sunday 3 May
Time to put the flip flops on standby.

A colder week to come with cold and frosty starts for many!

It will be a cold and frosty start to the week. A showery band of rain will spread from the west to east across the UK, with the risk of hail, thunder and hill snow mixed in. Winds will also pick up across the northern half of the UK. Some coastal gales are likely for Northern Ireland and Scotland. There will also be some snow over the high ground of Scotland. Outside any showers all is not lost and there will be plenty of sunshine.

Further showers and perhaps a more persistent spell of rain will move from west to east for the middle part of the week, again we are likely to see some hail and thunder mixed in, particularly across northern areas. Thereafter, a drier picture looks likely to develop for a brief period, but the risk of the odd sharp shower will always be close by. As we move into the weekend, north and northeastern areas look likely to hang onto dry and cool conditions. Elsewhere, we see a touch of something milder spreading in from the south, along with the chance of rain.

Monday 4 May—Sunday 10 May
April showers in May??

And it's all change again by the end of the Bank Holiday weekend, but with a degree of uncertainty. By the time we start knocking off next week the current forecast suggests the theme of changeable weather, with sunshine and showers revisiting our weather pattern through the beginning of May.

What does this mean and what type of showers will we get? During the spring, we can experience all types of showers - rain, snow and hail with fairly gusty winds thrown in.

Why is this? During the spring time, not only does the ocean provide a heating mechanism for the atmosphere to generate showers, but so too does the land. We have reached that time of year where we need to remember how strong the sunshine can be. By now we have more daylight than nightlight - approximately 13 hours or so. The land heats up during the day and this acts to provide yet another heat source to generate showers. However, as with all showery situations there will be plenty of sunshine outside of any showers.

Despite the fact it may feel a little chilly at times, don't' forget that as the sun is so strong it is possible to experience sunburn.

Monday 11 May—Sunday 24 May
Is it nearly summer yet?

Remaining cool at times but perhaps becoming more settled, as areas of high pressure look likely to affect the UK at times. Temperatures are still likely to be generally below average, with night time frosts, however daytime maximums may recover to around normal for the time of year. Rainfall looks set to be around average and equally all signals point to average amount of sunshine.

Next week

Take a look at next week's content to see what June and the start of summer will bring.

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 4 May


Sunday 3 May Published at 03:38


Sunshine and some showers for most. Rain continuing across Scotland.

Rain clearing from England, Wales and Northern Ireland this morning. Staying windy and cold across much of Scotland with heavy rain and hill snow. Sunny spells developing elsewhere, but also some heavy showers in places. Feeling warm in the sunshine.


Rain continuing across Scotland, though becoming confined to the far north by dawn. Showers easing elsewhere, with clear spells developing for many. Some mist patches possible as winds fall light.


Most places will be fine and dry, with some pleasant sunny spells. Outbreaks of rain will affect the far north at times and across southern parts of the UK later.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday

Wet and windy conditions quickly spreading northwards on Tuesday, followed by sunny spells and blustery showers. Further heavy showers expected on Wednesday and Thursday, though easing from the west later.

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