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Wednesday 28 September Published at 11:18

UK Warnings

Weather Warning

Issued by the Met Office

YELLOW WARNING for WIND for Scotland and northern England.

Issued at:10:17 on Wed 28 Sep 2016

Valid from:01:00 on Thu 29 Sep 2016

Valid to:13:00 on Thu 29 Sep 2016

Gales and locally severe gales are expected to develop across much of Scotland and the far north of England for a time on Thursday. Gusts of 50-60 mph are likely in many areas, whilst the strongest winds, with gusts of around 75 mph, are possible across the Hebrides, Sutherland, Caithness and Orkney during the first part of the morning.

Please be aware that potential impacts could include minor travel disruption with some bridge restrictions, and possible damage to trees and structures. Additionally, large waves will build off northern and western coasts of Scotland with the risk of some wave overtopping here.

This Warning has been updated to extend the southern boundary south into northern England and to bring forward the end time.

Flood Warning

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

Wednesday 28 September

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 26 September Published at 10:00

Monthly Outlook

September draws to a close

After all the excitement that early September brought with record breaking heat and intense thunderstorms, last week's weather was a little more calm. We often saw temperatures above the seasonable norm with quite dry weather at times too. But there was some rain to be had, especially in western areas. What's around the corner though in our forecast? Read on to find out more!

Monday 26 September—Sunday 2 October
What will the final week of September bring?

September will draw to a close in a conventional autumnal style with areas of low pressure bringing wet and windy weather at times. It is likely we will see a succession of these through this coming week, the first of which on Monday, with rain arriving from the southwest bringing the risk of coastal gales too. This will then be followed by further spells of wet and windy conditions throughout the week, though there are likely to be some drier intervals too with some good spells of sunshine.

Monday 3 October—Sunday 9 October
October has arrived; will we see a change?

Possibly. The most likely situation however is to see a continuation of the unsettled theme with wet and windy weather. It is likely that during this time we will see a northwest-southeast split start to develop with southeast England seeing the driest conditions and conversely, Scotland and Northern Ireland the wettest. But it's worth remembering, there is a chance of more settled conditions pushing across the UK, especially later in the week. This would bring the possibility of a quieter spell of weather particularly in the southeast.

Monday 10 October—Sunday 23 October
How's mid to late October looking?

Peering further ahead, it looks likely that we will keep a classically autumnal theme. It will remain unsettled with spells of wet and windy weather interspersed with brighter and drier interludes.

Next week

Will that small glimmer of more settled conditions push in over the UK?

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 3 October


Thursday 29 September Published at 03:43


Windy with some rain, but also sunny spells for many.

Very windy at first for Scotland and the far north of England with gales and also showery in the north. Elsewhere, breezy and dry with sunny spells, aside from a band of rain and cloud slowly clearing the south-east.


Widespread clear spells across much of the country, although also isolated, occasionally heavy showers, mainly in the west, and especially in north-west Scotland. It'll be noticeably cooler than previous nights.


Friday cooler than Thursday, but with widespread sunny spells and showers, perhaps heavy or thundery at times, especially in the west, although some east parts dry. Less windy than today.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday

Saturday sees showers merging into longer spells of rain for many, with brighter weather in northern Scotland. Sunday and Monday dry and settled, although with rain in west later Monday.

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