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Friday 18 April Published at 00:01

UK Warnings

Weather Warning

Issued by the Met Office

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

Flood Warning

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

Friday 18 April

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 14 April Published at 10:00

Monthly Outlook

A good month ahead?

After a wet start to last week, conditions calmed down considerably with an area of high pressure pushing in from the west. This week we have a ridge of high pressure persisting over the UK with plenty of brightness by day but a patchy rural grass frost by night. The question though, is how long will the high pressure last? Read on to find out more...

Monday 14 April—Sunday 20 April
High pressure firmly in charge of the weather

High pressure has been flirting with the UK over the past few days, and it looks as though it will continue to dictate the weather this week. Monday and Tuesday's forecasts look promising for all with high pressure in charge; patchy cloud with plenty of clearer spells means some sunshine should be on the cards for everyone. Northern Scotland may see a couple of showers through Monday, but these should be light and few and far between with a dry day for almost all. With clear skies through the night, we keep the risk of a grass frost overnight. The high pressure slowly drifts eastwards through the middle part of the week, so although England and Wales should hold on to fine weather with sunny spells, cloudier conditions with outbreaks of rain will gradually be introduced to Scotland and Northern Ireland. By the start of the Bank holiday though, high pressure should have re-established itself over the UK. The weekend looks fairly cloudy but mostly dry; the greatest risk of rain will be in western areas with thicker cloud. Temperatures on the whole are expected to be slightly above the seasonal norm for all.

Monday 21 April—Sunday 27 April
High pressure just holding on

Moving further ahead in the forecast it appears that the influence of high pressure over the UK will not relinquish. With the ridge sitting to the west of the UK a cool north-westerly airflow can be expected, therefore temperatures are expected to be on a downward trend, slightly below the seasonal norm. Scotland and Northern Ireland look likely to see the most rain with systems pushing down from the northwest; these should weaken as they head to the southeast, giving drier conditions for England and Wales.

Monday 28 April—Sunday 11 May
High pressure finally easing away

As we move into May it looks like we are finally set to bid farewell to high pressure. The ridge looks to be replaced with areas of low pressure swinging in from the Atlantic bringing periods of rain for all. Temperatures remaining fairly cool; sitting just below the seasonal average.

Next week

Looking further into May - what will the forecast have for us?

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 21 April


Friday 18 April Published at 15:35


A cold night for many. Largely dry and sunny Saturday.
This Evening and Tonight

A cold and largely clear night for many places bringing a risk of frost. Cloudy, damp and milder in the far northwest of the UK. A little cloudier in southeastern areas of England by morning.


Mostly dry away from northwestern Scotland, but cloudier conditions will spread across England and Wales. A few showers may develop in southeastern England.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday

Most of Scotland and Northern Ireland fine on Sunday. Turning unsettled, windy and cool across the south with outbreaks of rain. Occasional rain and sunny intervals thereafter. Eastern coasts chilly.

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