Weather forecast today – Torrential rain, gales and snow to batter Britain after wet weekend

BRITS faces a -3C lockdown freeze as a 1,000 mile-wide “Greenland cold bubble” brings the coldest Bonfire Night for decades.

Another two inches' rain will hit last-minute socialising, with more floods and 20ft waves today after 79mph Storm Aiden and ex-Hurricane Zeta capped one of the wettest Octobers on record.

Snow is forecast tomorrow  on hills in the North, the Met Office says.

The biggest garden fireworks night for decades – after council displays were scrapped – is due frost and -3C lows on Thursday, with temperatures below freezing even in the South.

It is set to be the coldest November 5 for years, The Weather Outlook said.

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  • Patrick Knox

    BODY FOUND AMID SEVERE WEATHER

    Victoria Streight, 31, was last seen in Wellington Street, Wick, at around 7.30am on Saturday during 'atrocious' weather conditions.

    Police Scotland confirmed that the body of a woman had been found in the Murchison Street area of Wick shortly after 12pm yesterday.

    “The body has yet to be formally identified but the next of kin of Victoria Streight who had been reported missing in the area has been informed,” said a force spokesperson.

    “Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal in due course.”

  • Patrick Knox

    OCTOBER WAS ONE OF THE WETTEST EVER

    By the end of the washout month, southeast England had received over 200 per cent of the long-term average (LTA) rainfall for October, according to Netweather blogger Nick Finnis.

    He wrote: “This compared to only around 50 per cent of the LTA in September – which was a dry month across many areas.

    “In October, central and eastern England received over 170 per cent of the long-term average rainfall.

    “Also parts of eastern Scotland saw over 200 per cent of the average October rainfall, particularly Aberdeenshire and Moray.

    “Western areas of the UK have been average or slightly above the average, but eastern areas seeing well above average.”

  • Patrick Knox

    FLOOD ALERT WARNING ISSUED

    The Upper River Irwell in Greater Manchester is rising quickly, with flooding possible across most of Bolton, Bury, and Rochdale, and parts of Oldham.

    People in the area have been urged to be prepared, with the River Croal, along with Rivers Beal, Roch, and Limy Water all high enough to burst their banks overnight.

    The Environment Agency believes the worst of the weather will be seen between 11pm, and 3am on Monday morning.

  • Patrick Knox

    SHIPPING WARNED AFTER BOAT LOSES ITS MOORING IN STORM

    A 66-ft landing craft that broke its moorings on Skye in Storm Aiden is still missing.

    The fish farming boat Tiffany of Melfort drifted out towards the Little Minch from Loch Pooltiel on Saturday.

    Vessels in the vicinity are being contacted directly and by broadcasts, said Stornoway Coastguard, but no sightings have been reported.

    Kames Fish Farming took delivery of the £1.1 million landing craft two years ago.

    Broadcast action will continue due to danger to navigation and poor weather. Anyone with information please contact Stornoway Coastguard on 01851 702013.

  • Patrick Knox

    SOAKING THEN SNOW AS HURRICANE TAIL END HITS

    Relentless rain, strong winds, and snow are set to hit the UK this week, with temperatures in parts expected to plunge below freezing.

    The forecast comes after the tail-end of Hurricane Zeta brought stormy weather and floods across the country to close one of the wettest Octobers on record.

    Yellow weather warnings remain in place for the south of Scotland, northwest England, and west and central Wales.

    The Met Office said that heavy rain could bring flooding, cause delays to public transport, and pose a threat to life.

    The warnings for northwest England and Wales are set to remain in place on Monday, with another two inches of rain expected to fall.

    On Tuesday, a 1,000-mile wide “cold bubble” will move in from Greenland, lowering temperatures across the country and potentially bringing snow to northern areas.

  • Patrick Knox

    LATEST FORECAST

    General outlook: It will be mostly cloudy with outbreaks of rain which will clear eastwards to reveal scattered showers which will be most frequent across the north and west.

    Some of these showers may be heavy with thunder. Sunny spells will develop across much of England and south Wales. Fresh south-westerly winds

    Monday night: Showers will ease across Northern Ireland before returning later, and showers will likely persist through the night in western Scotland and north west England.

    Much of England and Wales will have clear skies but a pulse of heavy rain will push into the south-west later. A cool night, moderate winds

    Tuesday and Wednesday: Largely clear and chilly tomorrow with sunny spells for many regions. Blustery showers will blow in from the Atlantic at times, but mainly affecting western regions.

    High pressure will build with plenty of sunshine, cloudier in the north. Chilly night with frost.

  • Patrick Knox

    CHILD STUNG AS WILD WEATHER WASHES ASHORE PORTUGUESE MAN O' WAR

    Lifeguards have now issued a warning after the child was injured after picking up the creature while rock-pooling.

    The Portuguese man o' war is a Siphonophore, a collection of organisms, that has long blue tendrils which pack a powerful, and sometimes deadly, sting.

    The child was hurt on Bantham Beach, near Plymouth, Devon, where lifeguards said more of the creatures are currently washing up A spokesperson said: “We're advising to avoid them in particularly their blue tendrils which can inflict some excruciating pain when touched.”

    The creatures are usually found in warmer waters and in the open ocean.

    But The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has said in the past they invade our beaches as a result of extreme weather and a series of hurricanes in the Atlantic.

  • Patrick Knox

    FISHING CREW RESCUED AS STORM AIDEN SWEEPS IN

    The crew of a fishing boat was rescued after breaking down as Storm Aiden battered Scotland.

    Oban Lifeboat launched in Storm Aiden's gale force winds and driving rain at 3.45pm on Saturday to the aid of a 22ft fishing vessel in Loch Etive.

    The fishing boat, with four persons on board, had broken down, west of Airds Point. It was understood that the group had managed to secure a fish farm mooring while they awaited for assistance.

    Arriving on scene by 4.15pm, a tow was set up by the lifeboat to get the stricken vessel clear of the fish farm.

    Once clear of the farm, the lifeboat proceeded to tow the boat towards Taynuilt pier, where the fishers had launched from by trailer, earlier in the day.

    Storm Aiden led to flood warnings and travel disruption as it passed across the country.

  • Patrick Knox

    FLOOD MISERY

    This picture shows the flooded fields in Sutton ,Cambridgeshire, this afternoon after the River Delph burst its banks.

    It followed last week's rain and Storm Aiden at the weekend.

    The Met office forecast states that on Monday it will be very mild, wet, windy weather steadily clearing south-eastwards.

  • Patrick Knox

    YOU’VE GOT TO FEEL FOR THOSE ABOARD THIS FERRY

    This picture shows a cross-channel Ferry near Dover in Kent earlier on.

    The large vessel was being tossed about by the stormy weather sweeping across north western Europe.

  • Patrick Knox

    CRISP AND SUNNY BY END OF WEEK

    Met Office meteorologist Luke Miall said: “There's good news on the horizon – we have got high pressure moving in which will dominate the whole country from Wednesday to Friday.

    “We expect light winds and plenty of sunshine through the day on Wednesday, with the best of the sunshine in Wales.

    “We're moving between the two types of typical autumn weather – from wet and windy at the start of the week to clear, cold, crisp and frosty weather by the end.”

    But he added that following highs of 17C in the south on Monday morning and a gradual cooling over Tuesday, by Wednesday temperatures could drop to zero in rural northern areas, marking “potentially the first widespread frost of the year”.

  • Patrick Knox

    'UNUSUALLY MILD' NOVEMBER WEATHER TO BE REPLACED BY COOLER TEMPS

    Tonight will be “unusually warm” for the UK before temperatures drop in the week ahead, forecasters have said.

    The Met Office has said we could see the mildest November temperatures on record as the remnants of tropical Storm Zeta continue to push warm air across the UK.

    Wind and rain is expected to persist through Monday and Tuesday for much of the nation, with cooler, sunnier weather moving in from Wednesday.

    Met Office meteorologist Luke Miall predicted temperatures of up to 17C (62.6F) on Sunday night in the south, which would break the record for the highest daily minimum temperature recorded in November since 1862.

    The record was set in Eastbourne in November 2005.

  • Patrick Knox

    SIX IN 10 BRITS ARE ‘DREADING’ WINTER DUE TO COVID LOCKDOWNS

    A study has found many fear the dark and cold months will be harder on their mental and physical health than ever before.

    As a result, many are looking to other countries for wellbeing inspiration, with 35 per cent adopting the Scandinavian trend of ‘Hygge’ – to surround yourself with things which provide comfort.

    Twenty-two per cent of the 2,000 adults polled will try out ‘Còsagach’ – a Scottish term meaning snug and sheltered.

    While 14 per cent are going to try ‘Cwtch’ – Welsh for cubbyhole and a trend of crafting home spaces which embrace people like a hug.

    One in six are inspired by the Norwegian trend of ‘Friluftsliv’ – open air and outdoor living – and a tenth are looking to the Swedish ‘Fika’ which encourages you to take time out.

    The research was commissioned by Healthspan to launch new products ImmunoVit Super C and Vegan D with Zinc and B12, designed to support the immune system during darker months.

  • Patrick Knox

    AFTER RECORD WET OCTOBER COMES NASTY NOVEMBER WEATHER

    The UK faces a -3C (27F) lockdown freeze as a 1,000 mile-wide “Greenland cold bubble” brings the coldest Bonfire Night for years.

    Another two inches' rain will hit last-minute socialising, with more floods and 20ft waves tomorrow after 79mph Storm Aiden and ex-Hurricane Zeta capped one of the wettest Octobers on record.

    Snow is forecast on Tuesday on hills in the North, the Met Office said.

    The Met Office forecast colder-than-average temperatures until the end of the week.

    The cold air plume from Greenland was shown on a weather map.

  • Patrick Knox

    SNOW FOLLOWS HORROR WEEKEND

    While the downpours and gales will abate today, there is little cheer on the horizon.

    Sarah Kent of the Met Office said:”It’s been pretty blowy today and the wind speeds are only going to increase as we go through the evening.

    “Monday’s winds will be less severe but it won’t be dry. Scotland can expect some blustery showers, mixed in with a bit of hail and thunder.

    “We also expect to see things turn wintry on the hills, with sleet and snow on some of the mountain tops.”

  • Patrick Knox

    MARINERS ALERTED AFTER CONTAINERS SWEPT OFF CARGO SHIP

    Coastguards are warning skippers of large containers in the Pentland Firth which were waves swept off a ship’s deck after yesterday’s storm.

    Ten containers were lost off Duncansby Head from an unnamed ship which was being tossed about by waves.

    Some containers may sink, but floating on the surface and partially obscured by waves and spray during wild weather, the empty unlit 40 feet long units present a serious danger for other vessels.

    Two washed ashore in South Hoy, Orkney, and the others are also expected to be dragged northward by the weather.

    Coastguard tug MV Ievoli Black is patrolling the Pentland Firth, keeping an eye out for the containers while a Northern Lighthouse Board vessel is also assisting with the search.

    A Coastguard aircraft is also flying over the waterway, in a bid to pinpoint their location before a ship crashes into them.

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    TOMORROW’S FORECAST

    Here’s Monday’s forecast according to the Met Office: “Cloud and rain clearing the [south east] by midday then all parts sunny spells and showers, some heavy and thundery in west and north.

    “Still windy but less so. Becoming cooler.”

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    DOUBLE TROUBLE

    An ex-hurricane and a pesky storm have whipped up trouble this weekend.

    Here’s what the Met Office had to say Friday: “This weekend the UK will be influenced by two active low-pressure systems, as Storm Aiden brings heavy rain and strong winds on Saturday, followed the remains of ex-Hurricane Zeta on Sunday.

    “Met Éireann, the national weather service in Ireland, named Storm Aiden on Friday due to strong winds and heavy rain.

    “Storm Aiden will then track north-eastwards transferring wet and windy weather to the UK later on Friday and Saturday, for which the Met Office has issued several wind and rain warnings.”

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    TEMPERATURE MAP 3.30

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    TONIGHT’S FORECAST

    Here’s the forecast for tonight according to the Met Office.

    Their website says: “Heavy rain and gales continue for many southern and central areas, with possibly flooding around western hills.

    “Exceptionally mild. Scotland and then Northern Ireland, clear spells and showers, winds easing.”

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    FLOODING LIKELY IN WALES

    There is a yellow alert currently in place for Wales.

    It comes after Gary White, the duty tactical manager for Natural Resources Wales, said flooding is likely up and down the country over the next few days.

    He said: “Our emergency response workers will be at key sites checking defences are in good working order and making sure any drainage grids and screens are clear to reduce the risk to people and their homes.”

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    WET WEEKEND

    It has been a wet weekend for many in the UK so far as strong winds and heavy rain bring travel disruption.

    Several yellow warnings for rain – covering Northern Ireland, much of Scotland, Wales and parts of western England – came into force from midnight Friday, warning of flooding and interruption to some power supplies.

  • Dan Keane

    EAST SUSSEX BATTERED WITH WAVES

    Massive waves hit the harbour wall in Newhaven, East Sussex as the ferry to Dieppe departed into the high seas this morning.

    It comes on a day of rain amd 25mph for the south coast.



  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    EX-HURRICANE ZETA SWEEPING ACROSS COUNTRY

    Met Office deputy chief meteorologist Martin Young said: “As the heavy rain and strong winds from Storm Aiden sweeps eastwards on Saturday, another system quickly follows on Sunday that contains the remnants of ex-Hurricane Zeta, bringing further heavy rain and strong winds.

    “Given that this is falling on already saturated ground from what has been a wet October, there is an increased risk of flooding in some warnings areas.

    “We're urging people to keep a close eye on the forecast, flood alerts and warnings in their areas.”

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    YELLOW WEATHER WARNINGS IN PLACE THIS WEEKEND

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