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Monday 5 December Published at 11:05

UK Warnings

Weather Warning

Issued by the Met Office


Issued at 10:53 on Mon 5 Dec

Valid from 18:00 on Mon 5 Dec

Valid to 09:00 on Tue 6 Dec

Areas of fog, including some locally dense freezing fog patches with visibility less than 100 metres, will readily form on Monday evening and persist through the night into Tuesday. Please be aware of likely tricky road travel conditions.

Further updates will appear here.

Flood Warning

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

Saturday 3 December

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

About the Met Office Weather Warnings

The Met Office warns the public and emergency responders of severe or hazardous weather which has the potential to cause danger to life or widespread disruption through the National Severe Weather Warning Service.

The Met Office issues warnings for rain, snow, wind, fog and ice. These warnings are given a colour depending on a combination of the likelihood of the event happening and the impact the conditions may have.

For more information, see the Met Office Weather Warnings Guide.

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 5 December Published at 10:00

Monthly Outlook

Will the year end on a chilly note?

With the chilly temperatures we've had across the country over the last week, you would be forgiven for forgetting that autumn only ended a few days ago. However, the statistics are in and it's official - autumn 2016 was drier, sunnier and a little warmer than average! September 2016 in particular was among the three warmest Septembers on record. Although we did have some wet and windy weather, on average it has been dry, with Scotland only receiving 67% of its normal rainfall total. Also, we've seen more sunshine than average with Scotland having one of the top five sunniest autumns on record.

Monday 5 December—Sunday 11 December
Becoming unusually mild.

The high pressure which has delivered cold conditions for the very beginning of winter, quickly gives way to low pressure this week. This change is going to allow warmer air to move in from the Atlantic. Though Monday morning starts cold and frosty for many, mild air moves in slowly from the far south west on Monday morning, spreading to all parts by late on Tuesday. As temperatures creep up, mist and fog is expected to develop widely, with murky conditions expected for many particularly on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. By Wednesday, wet and windy weather arrives in Northern Ireland and Scotland and gradually moves south, with clearer, cooler conditions following in behind on Thursday. Another spell of wet and windy weather arrives in the west on Friday and crosses all parts before clearing to the east of the UK on Saturday leaving Sunday relatively dry and bright.

Monday 12 December—Sunday 18 December
Keep an umbrella handy

As we move into mid-December, unsettled conditions are expected to continue. The wettest and windiest weather will tend to be in the north and west, with southern and eastern areas seeing drier and brighter weather. This somewhat changeable weather is then likely to be replaced by more settled conditions as pressure builds by the end of the week. Temperatures return to something closer to normal, which is chilly as we approach the shortest day of the year.

Monday 19 December—Sunday 1 January
Will Christmas be white?

Whilst there is some uncertainty surrounding this period, I'm sure you're keen to know if we're expecting a white Christmas! Currently, it is most likely that the pressure will continue to build toward the end of December, leading to a continuation of settled conditions. If the pressure does build then we can expect it to be drier than average for most areas with light winds. Temperatures are also then likely to be below average with sharp frosts and some fog around in the morning where skies clear overnight. There will also be plenty of crisp winter sunshine by day. There is the potential for some unsettled weather, but this looks less likely. So, although the Christmas period looks likely to be cold, it's unlikely to be white, but things could still change, so keep an eye on the forecast.

Next week

Will it be a frosty start to 2017?

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 12 December


Monday 5 December Published at 00:37


Cloudy and misty in the south. Brighter in the north.

A cloudy day, with mist and fog in much of southern England and Wales. Brighter in the north and parts of the east, but cold again, aside from the far south-west.


Clear and frosty in the north, elsewhere mostly cloudy with mist and fog. Winds will be light and it'll be much milder than recent nights.


Dry and cloudy with hill fog for most of the UK. Strong winds and rain affecting the north and west of Scotland later. Mild in the south and west.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday

Becoming more unsettled. An increasing south-westerly wind will bring milder weather and less widespread frosts, but also cloud and occasional spells of rain.

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Last updated 12:37 GMT, Monday 5 Dec