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Wednesday 23 April Published at 00:43

UK Warnings

Weather Warning

Issued by the Met Office

Wednesday 23rd April 2014

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

Further updates will appear here.

Flood Warning

Issued by the Environment Agency (or by SEPA in Scotland)

Wednesday 23rd April 2014

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

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 the Environment Agency Flood Warnings

The flood warnings are issued by the Environment Agency and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency 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. Both the Environment Agency (for England and Wales) and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency update their warnings 24 hours a day via the Floodline number.

Floodline - 0845 988 1188

Monthly Outlook

Monday 21 April Published at 10:00

Monthly Outlook

What will the next month have in store?

In the lead up to the Easter weekend high pressure looked to be well and truly in charge of the weather with bright and sunny conditions dominating much of the UK. But, in true British style this calm weather could not quite manage to stay all the way through the bank holiday and was nudged away slowly by an area of low pressure pushing up from the south through Easter day. However, the fortunes didn't turn for everyone, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Northern England have been bathed in some glorious sunshine over the bank holiday, temperatures peaking at 19C (66F) in North West Scotland on Easter Saturday. What has the weather got for us in the coming month? Read on to find out more...

Monday 21 April—Sunday 27 April

The weather next week looks to be a real mix as a battle between easterly and westerly winds sets up. Westerly winds chose low pressure as their weapon; areas will try and push into the UK from the west and south west, especially later on in the week. Whereas, Easterly winds will be backed up by an area of high pressure sitting to the northeast of the UK. With the UK stuck in the battleground computer models are having real problems determining the winner. It looks currently like most of us will see a healthy mix of both; some sunny spells mixed equally with some showers. The far south and southwest is likely to see the most rain with the extreme north favouring best with plenty of sunnier spells.

Monday 28 April—Sunday 11 May
What will May start like?

Although the battle doesn't look like it's going to be over as we head into May signs do point to the westerly winds taking the upper hand. Areas of low pressure should start to nudge further north with an easterly breeze bringing with them some longer spells of rain for England and Wales. Scotland and Northern Ireland should retain the lion's share of the brightness with the driest conditions. It could be fairly warm where the sun shines; through high pressure remaining to the northeast will keep an easterly breeze knocking temperatures down a couple of degrees by the coasts.

Monday 12 May—Sunday 25 May
Hello westerly winds

As we look further ahead in the forecast we also may have to finally wave goodbye to the area of high pressure that has been flirting with the UK for some time. The weather looks unsettled as we move through May with areas of low pressure affecting the whole country at times. Cloudier skies for all would give temperatures below the seasonal norm and rainfall totals slightly above average.

Next week

As we move ahead to the forecast for June; what can we expect?

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 28 April


Wednesday 23 April Published at 03:31


Rain in the west, slowly moving northeastwards. Otherwise mostly dry.

Outbreaks of rain in the west, heavy at times, will move slowly and erratically northeastwards. Drier and brighter in the east, with warm sunny spells, although one or two showers developing. However staying cold and murky in the far northeast.


Rain will clear erratically northeastwards, but may linger over Scotland and the far east. Otherwise turning drier with clear spells, and light winds bringing mist and fog patches by dawn.


Early dull conditions could be slow to clear, especially in the east. Most places turning dry and bright with warm sunshine, although scattered sharp showers are also likely at times.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday

Mostly dry with variable cloud and showers Friday and Saturday, though with some heavy and persistent rain, in the northeast. Risk of gales in the southwest. Less unsettled Sunday.

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