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Friday 20 January Published at 00:09

UK Warnings

Weather Warning

Issued by the Met Office

Friday 20 January

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

Flood Warning

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

Friday 20 January

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 16 January Published at 10:00

Monthly Outlook

A quieter end to the month

Last week we saw a real taste of winter with strong, biting northerly winds, spells of rain, sleet and snow, and icy stretches. Next week the weather will be much quieter and calmer by comparison but it will still be cold for some.

Monday 16 January—Sunday 22 January
High pressure in charge

There will be a lot of dry weather around as an anticyclonic pattern takes hold this week. The devil will be in the detail though, because high pressure doesn't always bring lots of sunshine. There will be some, especially across the east and south-east of the UK, but for many it will be a cloudy week with light winds. It's across the south-east of England that we'll hold onto some colder air too, giving a risk of frost and fog. The exception to the rule will be across the north-west of the UK, where winds will be stronger, there will be some rain at times and it will be milder.

Monday 23 January—Sunday 29 January
How long will it last?

Established areas of high pressure often need quite a shove to move them along and it looks as though the quiet spell of weather should last into the start of next week. However, as the days progress, a spell of rain and stronger winds may move in from the north-west and slowly continue south-eastwards across the UK. This would bring temperatures closer to normal - high single figures. However, there is some uncertainty about the timing and transition to something more unsettled.

Monday 30 January—Sunday 12 February
It's February already?

As we head towards the start of a new month the most likely scenario is for a more mobile pattern of weather to affect the UK. This would mean areas of low pressure and weather fronts making their way in from the west, with some drier days thrown in for good measure. Temperatures should stay near normal but during drier spells it may well turn colder with some frosty and foggy nights.

Next week

Will we see another cold, wintry spell of weather again?

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 23 January


Friday 20 January Published at 14:36


Cold and frosty for many tonight.
This Evening and Tonight

Skies will clear for many overnight allowing a widespread and locally sharp frost to form, as well as some patchy fog. However, some cloud will affect south-west England and Wales and later eastern parts of England, giving a patchier frost.


Saturday will start cold and frosty for many with crisp winter sunshine. However, thicker cloud and some light drizzle, perhaps with some hill snow, will affect eastern and central England.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday

Dry and cold over the next few days with sunny spells and the occasional shower where cloud is thickest. Perhaps more widespread fog over England and Wales early next week.

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Last updated 23:57 GMT, Friday 20 Jan