Weather forecast TODAY – Powerful Arctic BLAST moves in from Scandinavia battering Britain with miserable weather

THE UK is set to be battered by by freezing Arctic blast in coming days.

A powerful new weather system will move in from Scandinavia and last throughout October.

It comes as the Met Office has issued a weather warning over 65mph winds and two inches of rain.

Clare Nasir, Met Office Meteorologist, said: “Showers gather towards the west and track inland becoming more intense as we head through the morning into the afternoon across Wales, the Midlands, Central Southern England as well as the west country.

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  • Claudia Aoraha

    WEATHER FORECAST FOR THIS AFTERNOON

    The Met Office said: “After yesterday's rain, the sunshine has returned for many of us today.

    “However, it's still worth taking an umbrella with you this afternoon as there will be a scattering of showers, and these are mostly in the west where some will be heavy with a risk of hail and thunder.”

  • Claudia Aoraha

    LAST NIGHT'S HARVEST MOON

    Here is a stunning shot of last night's harvest moon behind Darwen Tower in Lancashire.

  • Christy Cooney

    'VERY UNSETTLED' IN COMING DAYS

    Conditions across the UK will be “very unsettled” over the coming days, the Met Office has said.

    The latest forecast said that rain today would affect north and eastern Scotland as well as the southwest of England, where hail and thunder were also possible.

    Rain and coastal gales will also continue tomorrow and into the weekend.

    Conditions for Saturday and Sunday are expected to be “very unsettled with often heavy rain on Saturday, and feeling rather cold”.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    WHY IS AUTUMN WET AND WINDY?

    BBC weather explains why this time of year is particularly wet and windy.

    “During autumn the Earth's northern hemisphere begins to tilt away from the sun and as a result big temperature contrasts develop from north to south over the half of the earth we live in.

    “These contrasts strengthen the jet stream which runs along the boundary between the cold air to the north and the warmer air to the south.

    “This leads to deeper areas of low pressure which bring stronger winds and heavier rain.”

  • Claudia Aoraha

    FRIDAY'S FORECAST

    BBC weather has said that Friday will see wet and very windy weather spread across Southern Britain as Storm Alex moves up from France.

    Gales are likely across southern England with severe gales possible for the Channel Islands.

    The north of the UK will remain largely dry with some sunshine through the day.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    UPDATE: YELLOW WEATHER WARNING

    The yellow weather warning will now last from 3am tomorrow morning, until 8pm at night, the Met Office has announced.

    The warning has also been extended eastwards to cover parts of Kent.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    NON-STOP RAIN UNTIL SUNDAY

    Met Office forecasters are warning Britain could be blasted with winds approaching 90mph as Storm Alex grows in strength today.

    Some regions could have non-stop rain from tonight until Sunday morning.

    Fire crews had to help families bail out in the Bridport floods last night. Many people had carpets and sofas ruined as the water rushed in.

    Bridport Fire Station said this morning: “Multiple properties were affected after the downpour which overloaded drains.

    “Crews used a light portable pump to remove water, cleared drains and then requested the wet vax to clear as much flood water and silt as possible from the affected properties.”

  • Claudia Aoraha

    FLOOD WARNINGS

    Flood warnings have today been issued as Storm Alex is set to lash Britain with 90mph winds and heavy rain.

    The UK will be hit with a 900-mile wide “Atlantic torment” from Thursday to Saturday as the country moves into a wet and windy October.

    Fears are growing that homes and businesses in the South West and South East could be flooded as the front arrives.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    FULL MOON TONIGHT

    It will officially be a full moon tonight, and will be exceptionally close to Mars on Friday.

    If you look east around 8pm you may be able to see them rising closely together.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    WET, WINDY, AND COLD THIS WEEKEND

    This weekend will be wet, windy and cold, according to the Met Office.

    The wettest parts of the UK will be Eastern Scotland and South West England, because of the bands of pressure pulling on those areas.

    The north will generally be drier going into next week, while the south will see showers.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    FROST AND FOG NEXT WEEK

    Because of the low pressure and the below-average temperatures overnight, in the next 10 days we will likely be waking up to mornings of frost and fog.

    Low pressure is the dominant figure for the next week and a half in our weather system, according to the Met Office.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    MET OFFICE’S 10 DAY REPORT

    Aiden McGivern says that in the next 10 days, there will be “low pressure, after low pressure, after low pressure.”

    Strong winds in France will whip up Storm Alex, which will be pushed into the south of the UK on Friday.

    Winds will reach speeds up to 55mph, according to the Meteorologist.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    THURSDAY FORECAST: MIXED MESSAGES

    Thursday morning will bring clouds and outbreaks of rain for some eastern areas, with sunshine and showers elsewhere.

    It will be a dry day for most of the east of the UK, while Scotland is hit with showers.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    YESTERDAY’S DAILY EXTREMES

    Wednesday was a wet and cloudy day for much of the UK, with Wattisham only recording 2.9 hours of sunshine.

    According to the Met Office, here are the daily extremes for yesterday:

  • Claudia Aoraha

    WEATHER WARNING: MORE INFO

    The yellow weather warning is in place for the southern coast of England on Friday.

  • Abe Hawken

    YELLOW WARNING

    On Friday, the southern coast of England has a yellow warning in place as wet and windy weather is expected to bring flooding and transport disruption.

    The Met Office said: “Rain and showers overnight Thursday into Friday will turn heavier and more persistent during Friday morning, along with a strengthening east to north easterly wind.

    “Some places could receive 40-50mm over the course of 12-18 hours, most likely in the south of this region, combined with gusts of 45-55mph inland during Friday morning rush hour.

    “Some coastal regions exposed to the south-east could experience gusts of 60-65mph.”

  • Abe Hawken

    FROST & FOG

    The Met Office today said some parts of the UK will see “frost and fog patches” later this evening.

    It said: “Further rain affecting northern Scotland. Turning wet and windy across southern England.

    “Many other parts dry with clear spells, and turning chilly with some frost and isolated fog patches.”

  • Abe Hawken

    STORMING IN

    Storm Alex is set to smash Britain this weekend bringing flash floods and 65mph gales from northern France.

    The UK will be hit with a 900-mile wide “Atlantic torment” from Thursday to Saturday as we move into a wet and windy October.

    There is a yellow weather warning in place this week, bringing intense wind and rain to parts of the UK.

    It comes as Storm Alex – named by the French meteorological service – moves across northern France and into the Channel, bringing potential flooding, large waves and delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport to southern England.

  • Hana Carter

    TODAY'S FORECAST

    Risk of some rain fringing far east of England, with further rain affecting eastern and northern Scotland. Elsewhere, sunny spells and scattered heavy showers, most frequent in the south-west.

  • Hana Carter

    SOUTH YORKSHIRE FLOOD VICTIMS 'DEEPLY ANGRY'

    Ministers must recognise South Yorkshire flooding victims are “deeply angry” and need better protection, MPs have insisted.

    Labour former leader Ed Miliband warned people in his Doncaster North constituency have yet to recover from last November's floods and they are concerned about the lack of funds from Westminster to help the town.

    MPs heard around 1,000 homes in South Yorkshire and 565 businesses were directly affected by the floods.

    Experts described the heavy rainfall, which saw the River Don burst its banks, as a “once-in-60-years” weather event.

  • Hana Carter

    RAIN EXPECTED FOR TOMORROW

    Tomorrow there is risk of rain fringing far east of England, with further rain affecting eastern and northern Scotland. Elsewhere, sunny spells and scattered heavy showers, most frequent in the south-west.

    For Friday there will be heavy and strong winds in the south and mostly dry sunny spells elsewhere.

  • Hana Carter

    STORMS TO BATTER BRITAIN THIS WEEKEND

    Storms are set to thrash Britain this weekend, with wet and windy weather expected as we move into October.

    The UK will be hit with a 900-mile wide “Atlantic torment” until Saturday, prompting weather warnings from the Met Office.

    Parts of south-west Scotland will be hit today with torrential downpours, with up to 50mm of rainfall in some areas.

  • Hana Carter

    GLOOMY SCENES IN BOURNEMOUTH TODAY

  • Hana Carter

    RAIN TO PERSIST THROUGH SCOTLAND

    According to the Met Office, for tonight, the rain slowly clears eastwards but will “persist across parts of Scotland.

    “Clear spells follow but showers affect the southwest”.

    Heading into Thursday, it will turn chilly across Northern Ireland overnight, with frost and a few fog patches.

  • Hana Carter

    MOTORISTS WARNED OVER SPRAY ON ROADS TONIGHT

    Rain is set to move east this evening, which could create issues for motorists tonight.

    This comes as heavier rain is set to hit the UK over the next few days.

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