UK weather forecast – 'Danger to life' warning as Storm Bella slams into Britain TODAY before snow hits again
26th December 2020

THE Met Office has warned that Storm Bella is a "danger to life" as Brits are slammed with severe winds and extreme flooding.

A total of five weather warnings are in place for Boxing Day today – as the entirety of England and Wales are lashed with gales and torrential rain.

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And more snowfall is on the way in Northern Ireland, Wales, and England next week, following Britain's White Christmas yesterday.

Storm Bella is set to bash the south coast with 80mph winds today – bringing damage to buildings, flying debris, severe flooding, and power cuts.

Injuries and danger to life are likely, as large waves and beach material will be thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts, and properties by the torrent.

Brits in the affected areas are warned to watch out for falling tiles from roofs and travel cancellations.

Mobile phone coverage may even be affected as Brits battle the storm on Boxing Day today.

The Met Office said about the amber weather warning: "Storm Bella will bring disruption to travel and utilities over parts of south and southeast England and south Wales.

"Flying debris is likely and could lead to injuries or danger to life.

"Injuries and danger to life are likely from large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and properties."


The severe storm warning comes into place at 10pm tonight and will last until 9am tomorrow.

The Met Office added: "Very strong southwesterly winds are expected for parts of south and southeast England and south Wales on Sunday morning.

"Inland gusts of 50-60 mph are likely with a few spots likely to see 60-70 mph for a time.

"Hills and particularly coasts exposed to the southwesterly winds will see a few gusts of 70-80 mph.

"In addition to the strong winds, a period of heavy, squally rain is expected and may prove an additional hazard."

Deputy Chief Meteorologist Tony Wardle, said: “Conditions will turn very unsettled after Christmas day, with a large area of low pressure sweeping across the UK from Boxing Day.


"Very strong winds will impact much of England and Wales, with particularly strong gusts on south west facing coasts."

Elsewhere, there are three separate rain warnings across the UK today- one in Wales and the west coast, the Highlands in Scotland, and North West England.

People in Scotland could see up to 80mm of persistent rainfall on high ground.

And gale force 80mph winds are expected as another severe wind weather warning touches all three countries in Great Britain.

Britain had its first White Christmas in three years yesterday – as snow fell in Suffolk and Humberside in the early hours of the morning.

But this is not the last time we will see snowfall this year.

Tomorrow, the Met Office predicts that there will be "more widespread snow moving south over Northern Ireland."

And there will also be snow across parts of Wales next week, moving into central and southern England by Monday afternoon.

This comes as families were "strongly" urged by cops to leave their homes immediately on Christmas Day due to a risk of flooding.

More than 1,300 families living near the River Great Ouse in North Bedfordshire were told to find alternative accommodation or evacuate to local emergency centres.

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