UK weather forecast today – Wild 60mph winds and heavy rain lash Britain as Met Office issues travel warnings
4th May 2021

PARTS of Britain are under a yellow weather warning for strong winds this morning after gales and heavy showers blasted the UK overnight.

It comes after some areas saw 65mph winds yesterday on what was potentially the COLDEST ever Bank Holiday Monday.

And an Arctic freeze is set to hit next week as temperatures drop and conditions feel colder than they usually would for this time of year.

The 800 mile-wide 'weather bomb' was shown on a weather map with Netweather TV warning: "Mayday! Mayday!".

The Met Office said the two yellow weather warnings are in place today.

Read all the latest weather news and updates in our live blog below…

  • Alice Fuller

    ODDS SLASHED FOR WETTEST SPRING EVER

    Bookies have slashed the odds on this spring going down as the wettest EVER.

    With more rain ready to batter Britain in the coming days and weeks, Ladbrokes has cut odds from 8/1 to just 7/2 on this year being a record-breaking wet spring.

    And the odds on May 2021 entering the record books as the wettest May ever stand at 5/2.

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "There's every chances we're in for a record-breaking few weeks of rainfall if the latest odds are anything to go by."

  • Alice Fuller

    WHEN IS WIND GALE FORCE?

    The Met Office uses the Beaufort scale to describe wind intensity.

    It is based on observed sea conditions.

    Gusts are considered gale force when they are above 51mph.

    Waves can reach 7.5 metres and the sea is described as "very rough – high".

    It means much of the UK is set to be hit with gale force winds today and over the coming days.

  • Alice Fuller

    COASTAL GALES

    Forecasters have warned of another day of high winds for much of the UK.

    Gusts of up to 70mph could hit the West Country, including Devon and Cornwall, along with heavy rain.

    Elsewhere, the south of the country will be battered by 65mph winds today, after yesterday saw the UK's coldest May Bank Holiday ever.

  • Alice Fuller

    FIRST MORNING WITHOUT FROST

    This morning was the first since March 29 where there was no frost anywhere in the whole of the UK, according to a BBC weather forecaster.

    Simon King tweeted that there was "some fresh show over the higher ground of Pennies and Scottish hills", but aside from that there was no frost in sight.

  • Alice Fuller

    STORMY SEAS

    Highs winds and stormy seas batter the Newhaven lighthouse and harbour in East Sussex this morning.

    Strong gusts are forecast for the rest of the day as the wintry conditions continue.

    Credit: Rex
  • Alice Fuller

    IT'S GOING TO BE A WET ONE

    Weather maps from the Met Office show today is going to be very wet.

    Rainfall is shown over much of the UK this morning, particularly over Wales, the Midlands, northern England and Scotland.

    Southern parts look like they will escape downpours first thing, but they will hit later in the afternoon.

  • Ellie Cambridge

    WET AND WINDY

    The wet and windy May Bank Holiday marked the start of some fairly turbulent weather after the Met Office issued more warnings.

    The south of the country will be battered by 65mph wind today, after yesterday saw the UK's coldest May Bank Holiday ever.

    A yellow warning for wind has been put in place for most of the south.

    It will remain in place until 9am, with forecasters warning of gusts of up to 65mph to hit.

    The heavy rain will continue to push through parts of England and Wales.

  • Ellie Cambridge

    WINDY START

    Wind which battered Britain overnight are set to remain through the day although will steadily weaken.

    But it will feel cold and gusty for most of the day.

    Some sunny spells may emerge in southern England and northern Scotland but it will be largely grey and windy.

  • Joseph Gamp

    ‘DRASTIC CHANGE IN WEATHER DURING FIRST WEEK OF MAY’ – BBC WEATHER

    The first week of May will see a “drastic change in the weather for the UK from the second half of April”, says BBC Weather.

    It adds: “As high pressure – a frequent visitor in recent weeks – shifts away to the south, low pressure weather systems will push in from the west and make for an unsettled week with some episodes of heavy rain and stronger winds.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    BRITS WARNED OF ‘TOXIC BUG’ EXPLOSION

    Brits have been warned about toxic bugs as the mild winter and spring weather will bring a population explosion this year.

    Oak processionary moths lay their eggs from late April and infest trees once hatched.

    They can be poisonous to humans if they come directly into contact with the skin.

    The bugs have been blamed for causing breathing problems, which have been fatal – but not in the UK.

    Forestry England warned the caterpillars have black heads and bodies covered in long white hairs which contain proteins which can cause itchy rashes, eye, and throat irritations.

  • Joseph Gamp

    TUESDAY 'FEELING CHILLY ' SAYS MET OFFICE 4CAST

    Tuesday is set to the windy and wet weather continue after a night of strong winds and showers.

    The Met Office tweeted: "Feeling chilly in the brisk winds and showers on Tuesday, with the best of the sunshine in the southwest then later in the northeast."

  • Joseph Gamp

    ‘WETTEST AND WINDIEST START TO THE WEEK’

    BBC Weather said it will be the “wettest and windiest to start the week and not too much drier later on”.

    Forecasters added: "Is there anything more spring-like on the way?"

  • Joseph Gamp

    IN PICTURES: PEOPLE ENDURE COLD AND WET WEATHER OUTSIDE RESTAURANT NEAR TOWER BRIDGE, LONDON

    People endure the wet and windy Bank Holiday weekend weather to sit outside a restaurant near Tower Bridge in central LondonCredit: PA
  • Joseph Gamp

    MET OFFICE YELLOW WEATHER WARNING FOR WIND

    The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind for Monday and Tuesday.

    It warns: “A vigorous area of low pressure is likely to cross Northern England on Monday.

    “Strong winds are expected to the south of the low centre with gusts widely 40 to 50 mph, but perhaps as high as 60 mph around some coasts and hills of England and South Wales.

    “The winds should gradually ease through Tuesday morning. The strong winds will be accompanied by some heavy rain at times.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    WINDY AND SHOWERY TUESDAY WILL FEEL 'DECIDEDLY CHILLY' SAYS BBC WEATHER

    Tuesday will be "windy and showery", says BBC weather.

    The tempoerature will also feel "Decidedly cold" for the time of year.

    It tweeted: "Windy and showery on Tuesday and feeling decidedly chilly for May. Nick."

  • Joseph Gamp

    WATCH: COLDEST MAY BANK HOLIDAY EVER IN UK

    UK Weather – Coldest May Bank Holiday EVER as -5.9C recorded before snow, heavy rain and 70mph gales hit

  • Joseph Gamp

    STARK-NAKED NATURISTS TO STRIP OFF FOR BAY STROLL

    One hundred naturists will make history this summer as the first to trek four hours NAKED across treacherous Morecambe Bay.

    British Naturism members plan to disrobe to cross the dangerous Lancashire estuary in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

    They will begin and end the walk, which involves knee-high sea wading, on June 20 fully-clothed – before stripping off when away from the coastline.

    They will be accompanied by Michael Wilson, the Queen’s Guide to the Sands, who will not be expected to undress.

    Ron O’Hare, British Naturism’s campaigns secretary, said: “We will be permitting clothes if walkers feel cold.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    IN PICTURES: PUNTERS BRAVED THE RAIN FOR A DRINK IN SHEFFIELD THIS AFTERNOON

    Punters brave the rain as they enjoy a drink in a bar in Sheffield this afternooCredit: LNP
  • Joseph Gamp

    MET OFFICE: BLUSTERY AND SHOWERY START TO TUESDAY MORNING

    The dank conditions that swept across the UK are set to continue into the week.

    Temperatures will reach of a high of 8C in the south at around 8am Tuesday morning – but two weather warnings for windwill remain in place in the south east and south west.

    The Met Office tweeted: "A blustery and showery start this Tuesday morning."

  • Joseph Gamp

    WIND WARNING: AFFECTED REGIONS

    A spell of disruptive winds is likely from Monday afternoon and into Tuesday morning.

    The affected regions are:

    • East of England
    • London & South East England
    • South West England
    • Wales

    MET OFFICE FORECAST MONDAY TO WEDNESDAY

    A bright start, but becoming wet and windy for most Monday.

    Strongest winds in the south.

    A return to sunshine and showers from Tuesday.

    Remaining chilly with some night frost.

    • Joseph Gamp

      BBC WEATHER: ‘WETTEST AND WINDIEST START TO THE WEEK’

      BBC Weather said it will be the “wettest and windiest to start the week and not too much drier later on”

      Forecasters added: “Is there anything more spring-like on the way?”

    • Joseph Gamp

      IN PICTURES: WOMAN SHIELDS HER EYES FROM SAND IN WINDSWEPT BOURNEMOUTH, DORSET

      A woman shields her eyes from sand in Bournemouth, DorsetCredit: BNPS
    • Joseph Gamp

      BRITS WARNED OF ‘TOXIC BUG’ EXPLOSION

      Brits have been warned about toxic bugs as the mild winter and spring weather will bring a population explosion this year.

      Oak processionary moths lay their eggs from late April and infest trees once hatched.

      They can be poisonous to humans if they come directly into contact with the skin.

      The bugs have been blamed for causing breathing problems, which have been fatal – but not in the UK.

      Forestry England warned the caterpillars have black heads and bodies covered in long white hairs which contain proteins which can cause itchy rashes, eye, and throat irritations.

    • Joseph Gamp

      HAPPY MAY! OR IS IT?

      Happy May, a happy new month that is one step closer to summer.

      But forecasts suggest it may feel more like Siberia than the Bahamas – as freezing air is being pushed in from the Arctic.

      The new month is expected to bring some more frost, rain, and wind.

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