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Friday 31 July Published at 00:30

UK Warnings

Weather Warning

Issued by the Met Office

Friday 31 July

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 31 July

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 27 July Published at 10:00

Monthly Outlook

Wandering jet stream means changeable weather

As the last few schools closed their doors for the summer, the jet stream decided to head south for its holidays too. This fast-moving river of air high in the atmosphere is the driving force behind our weather. When it's to the north of the UK (a normal summer position) we get warm, settled conditions but when it dives south then the rain and gales are steered our way and temperatures fall. That's how the summer holidays started for many of us, with some unseasonably wet and windy weather. The outlook suggests the jet stream will continue its meanderings well into August so we can expect further unsettled spells, although there are hints of something a little quieter for the middle of the month.

Monday 27 July—Sunday 2 August
Windy start, sunnier finish.

Low pressure dominates the weather right across the UK at the start of the week bringing largely cloudy skies and outbreaks of rain, this heavy and persistent for a time across northern areas. Unusually strong winds around the depression bring the threat of gales to some parts of Wales and southern England.

Winds swing round to the north as the low moves away, bringing in colder air which leads to some particularly chilly nights as winds fall light and skies clear during the middle of the week, although it feels warmer by day as sunshine amounts increase.

A weaker weather system brings an increasing chance of showery outbreaks of rain to northwestern areas later in the week, although warmer air should start to spread in as winds swing round to the southwest ahead of another developing area of low pressure.

Monday 3 August—Sunday 9 August
Unsettled weather returns

The jet stream is likely to start steering some more low pressure systems our way during the week, bringing a spell of unsettled weather. Northwestern areas will be most prone to outbreaks of rain and unusually strong winds. Wet and breezy weather is likely to push further south at times, but there is a good chance that much of England and Wales will experience some warm and dry weather, especially during the early part of the week.

Monday 10 August—Sunday 30 August
A summer break?

There are some signs that the weather could turn more friendly during the second part of August, but it's not a particularly strong signal so there is a large degree of uncertainty and certainly potential for occasional brief unsettled spells. Equally, any hotter weather is unlikely to last for more than a day or two. Overall, it's looking possible that this August could follow the example of last August in coming out cooler than average overall.

Next week

Time's running out for summer as we head on through August - will there be a comeback?

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 August


Friday 31 July Published at 15:36


Showers in the north overnight. Dry, but cool elsewhere.
This Evening and Tonight

Showery rain, over Scotland and Northern Ireland this evening, will move southeastwards to affect parts of northern England and Wales overnight. Clearer conditions developing behind this, but further showers spreading into the west later. Elsewhere, another dry, but cool night.


Sunny intervals and showers for many. These showers heavy, and perhaps prolonged at times in Scotland, whilst further south showers generally more scattered. Mostly dry and warm in the southeast.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday

Fine for many on Sunday, though rain arrives into western parts later and moves across the UK on Monday. Dry and warm ahead of this though. Scattered showers on Tuesday.

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