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Wednesday 23 July Published at 00:09

UK Warnings

Weather Warning

Issued by the Met Office

Wednesday 23 July

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

Flood Warning

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

Wednesday 23 July

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 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 July Published at 10:00

Monthly Outlook

Phew, what a scorcher

Well it was for some parts of the UK. The temperature continued to build last week reaching a peak on Friday. Gravesend in Kent reached 32.3 Celsius, the warmest day of the year so far. Further north across the country, although warm, not the hot or very muggy conditions experienced in the south.

It was the hot and very humid weather which were the main ingredients in producing explosive bursts of energy resulting in the severe storms on Thursday night and over the weekend. The storms were caused by very warm air feeding up from Spain clashing with cooler air trying to make in-roads from the Atlantic. This set up is known as the Spanish Plume.

Monday 21 July—Sunday 27 July
The heat is still on

Although not as hot as on Friday, still some very warm weather for the coming week and the very warm conditions extending up into Scotland and across Northern Ireland at times. This is good news for the opening ceremony and the start of the Commomwealth Games in Glasgow. Not everyone experiencing the very warm weather around the eastern coastal areas of Scotland and England will have onshore breezes bringing cooler conditions.
Apart from temperatures, there will also be a lot of dry and settled weather during the week giving some respite from the severe thunderstorms. However the heat will build again as we go though the week and we could well see thundery showers developing towards the end of the week, especially over central and southern England. The storms will be much smaller, less intense features than we have seen recently.

Monday 28 July—Sunday 3 August
All eyes on Glasgow

The Commonwealth games will be in full swing and with a lot of events outdoors then clearly weather will play a big part in the enjoyment for spectators and the performance of the athletes.
High pressure looks like dominating the weather well into next week, centred across more northern parts of the UK. Dry and settled conditions with plenty of sunshine will be exptected for many places. There will be a chance of some showers feeding in from the Continent to more southern areas. We will see temperatures falling a little during the week but still very much on the warm side for the start of August.

Monday 4 August—Sunday 24 August
Football season kicks off. Will weather play ball?

No sooner has the dust settled on the World Cup and the time has come for the various league seasons to kick off.
Well at this stage although signs of less settled weather beginning to edge in across the Country, still a lot of dry weather but an increasing risk of showers or some longer spells of rain as we head into the middle part of August, more especially over northern and western areas. The driest, brightest weather will be across southern and eastern areas but even here some showers developing. Temperatures still expected to remain a little above average for the first half of August..

Next week

Will the heatwave return?

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 July


Wednesday 23 July Published at 03:38


Largely fine and very warm. Isolated thunderstorms in the south.

Many eastern and central parts starting dull, but low cloud soon burning back to northeastern coasts. Isolated thundery showers moving westwards across the south in the afternoon. Otherwise mostly dry, fine and very warm, although cooler along cloudier northeastern coasts.


Low cloud, mist and hill fog in northeast returning westwards across some eastern and central parts. Isolated heavy showers, mainly in the southwest, easing. Elsewhere dry with clear periods.


Another dry, fine and very warm day for many. Cloud and mist in the northeast becoming confined to coastal parts. Isolated heavy, thundery showers likely in the southwest at times.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday

Plenty of dry weather, but some locally heavy daytime showers, mainly in the south. Also some more persistent rain in the north from Saturday. Generally warm or very warm still.

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