Weather forecast today – SNOW and flood warnings as UK blasted by 'relentless' rain and threats of lightning
8th October 2020

BRITAIN is braced for floods and the possibility of SNOW as the country continues to be lashed by wild weather.

Three inches of rain is set to fall tonight, with the Met Office issuing warnings for Wales, parts of the Midlands and Manchester for today.

The Met Office warned: "The winds will be relentless overnight (Wednesday into Thursday), coming in from the south west and some high waves associated with it.

"Rivers are already swollen and we've seen land saturated from the last batch of rain in the last 24 hours and this could lead to some more localised flooding."

It comes as fears the UK could see snow this week after the Met Office warned temperatures are set to plunge.

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  • Samantha Lock

    ROUGH SEAS

    Stormy weather seen hitting the Blackpool North Shore.

  • Samantha Lock

    TODAY'S FORECAST

    A breezy and unsettled start with outbreaks of locally heavy rain across England and Wales, which will clear eastwards through the day and become confined to south-east England in the afternoon.

    It will be mostly dry with sunny spells elsewhere, although showers will develop in north-western regions.

    Tonight will be mostly dry and clear across England and Wales.

    In the evening, there will be scattered showers across Scotland, especially in the north and west, and rain will affect Northern Ireland.

    Through the night, rain will spread eastwards to affect southern Scotland and northern England.

  • John Hall

    NORTH-SOUTH DIVIDE

    This morning sees quite a contrast in temperatures across the UK.

    Relatively mild temps but wet conditions in the south.

    Drier but cold enough for a touch of frost in parts of Scotland.

  • John Hall

    WEATHER WARNING IN PLACE

    A yellow weather warning has been issued by the Met Office amid fears of flooding to homes and businesses.

    Weather warnings are in place for east Midlands, north-west England, Wales, the West midlands, Yorkshire and Humber.

    The Environment Agency has 33 flood alerts in place in England with 10 in place in Wales and one in Scotland.

    Met Office warns that journey times for bus and train services will probably be affected.

    There will also be spray and flooding on roads that may make journey times longer in areas where the yellow warning is in place.

  • John Hall

    WET WEATHER WARNING

    Heavy downpours are set to sweep the country with flood warnings as rain is set to lash the UK.

    The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for rain in Wales, parts of the Midlands and Greater Manchester.

    The warnings were put in from 9pm yesterday until 9am this morning.

  • John Hall

    PICTURED: BERWICK-UPON-TWEED, NORTHUMBERLAND

  • John Hall

    THIS MORNING – WET AND WINDY

    This morning will start wet and windy for most parts of England and Wales.

    For the southeast it will be drier.

    The rain will slowly clear away southeastwards, allowing brighter more showery conditions in the north and northwest to spread south.

  • John Hall

    POTENTIAL SNOW AT THE END OF OCTOBER

    The UK is set to face more wintery conditions as October goes on, with the chance of snow towards the end of the month.

    The conditions will come as a result of La Nina over the tropical Pacific Ocean.

    La Nina is a climate pattern that describes the cooling of the sea surface temperature of the Pacific Ocean.

  • John Hall

    SNOW & ICE-CLEARING GRITTERS AT READY

    As if the autumn storms and floods aren't bad enough, fleets of new snow and ice-clearing gritters are being wheeled out.

    Almost 100 of the new super-quick Highways England gritting lorries are being readied across the country.

    They are supposed to clear snow and ice more quickly – but unfortunately for motorists, they will scatter salt and grit while roaring along at 50mph, rather than 40mph.

    Highways England say the 93 new gritters will improve safety for their teams thanks to the 'improved technology, set up and enhanced visibility'.

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