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Friday 27 March Published at 11:09

UK Warnings

Weather Warning

Issued by the Met Office

YELLOW WARNING OF WIND for the north coast of Northern Ireland, northeast England and much of Scotland

Updated 27 March at 10:46

Valid from 0700 on Sat 28 March until 1800 on Sat 28 March

Winds will strengthen during Saturday morning to bring gales to many locations. The swathe of strongest winds will start in the southwest of the warning region during the early morning before transferring northeastwards through the day.

Gust speeds are expected to reach 55-60mph, with more exposed locations seeing some gusts of 65mph.

The public should be aware of the potential for some localised travel disruption.

Flood Warning

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

Wednesday 25 March

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 23 March Published at 10:00

Monthly Outlook

Summary
What weather will April will bring? Showers?

Last week saw a partial solar eclipse across the UK but unfortunately many people missed out on the astronomical ballet thanks to cloudy skies.

Over the next four weeks the weather will be changing from the mainly dry conditions of late to a more mobile westerly pattern as frontal systems push in from the Atlantic bringing rain at times across the UK. April weather is synonymous with showers and we'll see quite a few of those over the next months. We haven't quite finished with the wintry elements just yet and high ground may well see sleet and snow at times.

Temperatures will start just below average and climb to around or just above average by day but as tends to be the case in Spring, clear skies overnight may well still lead to a frost.

Monday 23 March—Sunday 29 March
Big changes in the weather this week

Monday starts with three distinct areas of different weather across the UK, all of which are moving southeastwards. The southeastern third will have a frosty start followed by a clear and sunny day. To the northwest it will be cold with sunny spells and heavy, blustery possibly thundery showers which will bring hail to low levels and some snow to high ground. In the middle we have a weak weather front bringing cloudy skies and the odd outbreak of rain.

By Tuesday the whole UK will be under a region of heavy, thundery showers with good sunny spells in between. The heaviest of the showers are likely to produce hail with high ground seeing sleet or snow, particularly across Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Wednesday sees a ridge of high pressure build in bringing with it clear skies and light winds. This looks like the most pleasant day of the week, after a frosty start at least.

A band of rain will push across the country on Thursday with snow for a time, mainly in the hills of Scotland and north England. Friday will be dry with some sunshine for many, although cloud and rain will spread into Wales and the southwest during the afternoon.

Temperatures through the week will be chilly to start with overnight frosts, slowly recovering to around average by the weekend.

Monday 30 March—Sunday 5 April
Will it be a sunny Easter weekend?

The weather will stay changeable with bands of rain sweeping across the country, coupled with strong winds which will rapidly change the weather day by day. In between the rain bands we will see good sunny periods, but these may be dotted with showers at times, particularly in the north and west. The southern half of the UK looks likely to see a mainly cloudy week as old frontal systems laying across northern France leave a cloudy legacy behind. Because of the extra cloud, temperatures in the south will be rather mild by day and night. In the north it will be rather cold by day and frosty overnight.

Monday 6 April—Sunday 19 April
Rather typical April weather for many. Showers.

A strong westerly feed from the Atlantic will continue to drive weather systems across the UK from west to east. These will bring showers and longer spells of rain right across the country, but they will also be interspersed with good sunny periods. Day to day expect the weather at any location to vary quite markedly. Because of this variation we are likely to see a large range in temperatures. We will see some warm days, particularly in the south and east and in periods of prolonged sunshine. The risk of overnight frosts stays with us, especially where skies are clear overnight and in the north.

Next week

Signs of summer on the horizon?

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 30 March

Summary

Friday 27 March Published at 03:39

Summary

Becoming increasingly cloudy, wet and windy from the west.
Today

It will become increasingly cloudy from the west, with patchy rain across far southwestern Britain, along with increasing hill and coastal fog. Showers, some heavy, will affect the far northwest. Mainly dry and bright in the east.

Tonight

Wet and windy weather will spread eastwards overnight, affecting northern Britain especially with heavy rain and gales. Low cloud, mist and fog will become more widespread across the south.

Saturday

It will stay very windy, with severe gales possible across the north of the UK. Further heavy rain is likely but it should clear in the afternoon with showers following.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday

Unsettled and windy with further outbreaks of rain, especially in the west. Some brief brighter interludes are likely though. Markedly colder across northern Britain on Tuesday with snow showers.

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