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Tuesday 31 May Published at 13:13

UK Warnings

Weather Warning

Issued by the Met Office


Issued at:

1011 on Tue 31 May 2016

Valid from 1200 on Tue 31 May to 0900 on Wed 1 Jun

Outbreaks of rain will affect parts of eastern England through Tuesday afternoon and into Wednesday morning. Whilst most parts will miss the worst, there is the risk of locally torrential, thundery bursts. Please be aware of the risk of local surface water flooding.

Flood Warning

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

Tuesday 31 May

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 30 May Published at 10:00

Monthly Outlook

Early June promises plenty of dry weather

For much of May, we've been looking to the east for weather systems affecting the British Isles. It looks like this pattern will continue for the first half of June, with high pressure sitting to the north of the country. This will bring a lot of dry weather, with northwestern parts expected to see the driest and often the sunniest weather. The second half of the month is likely to see more variable weather, and southeastern parts may see the best of any warmer spells.

Monday 30 May—Sunday 5 June
Dry start. Rain for England and Wales midweek.

Bank holiday Monday will see another dry day for many places. Northwest Scotland and Northern Ireland will see a few heavy showers developing, and many eastern counties will be cloudy in the morning. Otherwise there will be plenty of fine, rather warm weather, but eastern coasts will be cool and breezy. For Tuesday and Wednesday, much of England and Wales will be cloudy with outbreaks of rain - some of these heavy and possibly thundery. Scotland and Northern Ireland will be mostly dry with some sunshine, the best of the sunshine over western Scotland. Later in the week, the drier weather will extend southwards with sunny spells in most places, while the northerly breeze will keep eastern coastal areas cooler and sometimes more cloudy. Southeast England keeps the threat of a few showers, even into the weekend, while most of the country should see the dry weather continue, always with the best of the sunshine, and highest temperatures, in the west.

Monday 6 June—Sunday 12 June
More fine weather, especially in the northwest

The mainly fine weather will continue into the second week of June, with many parts of the country dry and warm with sunny spells, and it may become very warm for a time. East coastal parts may remain cooler with some cloudier periods and there's always the chance of a few showers extending from the continent into the south and southwest of England. Its uncertain whether this fine weather will last all week; later in the week the high pressure may weaken and allow more unsettled conditions to move in from the west.

Monday 13 June—Sunday 26 June
Mixed weather most likely

At the moment, there is no strong signal from the computer forecasts of any particular weather pattern prevailing later in June. Winds are more likely to come from the west or southwest, for at least one spell of a few days. This would bring some rain and showers at times, with the rain more likely in the southwest and west, where it may be heavy. Eastern parts will see the best of the drier periods, with temperatures on the warm side at times.

Next week

Further into June, will the northwest keep the best weather?

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 6 June


Wednesday 1 June Published at 02:36


Cloudy with patchy rain south and east. Warm sunshine elsewhere.

It'll be mostly cloudy with outbreaks of patchy light rain across most of England and Wales, locally heavy in the southeast, and feeling cool with a strong north-easterly wind. Scotland and Northern Ireland will be dry with warm sunny spells.


Mostly cloudy with outbreaks of patchy light rain and drizzle across England and Wales. Strong winds along North Sea coasts. Dry with clear spells for Northern Ireland and Scotland.


Cloud and outbreaks of rain will soon clear the south. Rather cloudy with patchy drizzle at times in the east. Dry with warm sunny spells for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday

Friday and Saturday will see the risk of showers, possibly thundery in the south. Mostly dry, with warm sunny spells developing for many by Sunday. Cool along North Sea coasts.

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