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UK weather: Met Office issues fresh yellow warnings for southwest and eastern England | Weather News

Large parts of England could face travel disruption and some flooding as heavy rain hits later today, the Met Office has said.

The forecaster has issued a yellow weather warning for rain which covers from Newcastle and its surrounding areas down to East Anglia, along England’s east coast. This comes into force at 7pm and lasts until 12pm on Sunday.

Another fresh yellow warning for rain, which comes into effect at 6pm, covers much of Cornwall, as well as parts of Devon and Somerset. That warning lasts until 6am tomorrow morning.

Under the warnings, people are urged to be aware that flooding of homes and businesses is possible, while disruption on the roads and public transport is likely.

Persistent, and at times heavy, rain will hit eastern parts of England this evening and last into Sunday, the Met Office said. It is expected to clear in East Anglia by dawn on Sunday, and in northeast England by early afternoon.

Rain showers in the southwest will also begin on Saturday evening and continue overnight.

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Some of the regions expected to be hit have already faced snow this week Pic: The Met Office
Some of the regions expected to be hit have already faced snow this week Pic: The Met Office

Flooding is likely as a lot of ground is still waterlogged after recent bouts of wet weather and snow. A total of 76 flood warnings, and 275 lower level flood alerts, are currently in place for England.

Dozens of schools in northern England and north Wales closed earlier this week as snow covered parts of the UK.

Snow settled particularly quickly in Derbyshire, Yorkshire – parts of which are also covered by today’s weather warnings – and Wrexham.

A snow boarder in Allenheads, Northumberland.
A snow boarder in Allenheads, Northumberland making the most of the weather this week. Pic: PA

This past five months have seen 10 named storms hit the UK and the latest – Storm Jocelyn – left some train operators cancelling all services in the final week of January.

Storm Jocelyn arrived just one day after Storm Isha brought winds of up to 100mph.

Flood water at Naburn Lock on the outskirts of York
Flood water at Naburn Lock on the outskirts of York during Storm Isha

Two people died as Isha battered the country. An 84-year-old man died after the car he was travelling in crashed into a fallen tree in Grangemouth, Scotland.

In Limavady, Co Londonderry, a man in his 60s died after a crash involving two vans and another fallen tree.

UK weather: Yellow warnings issued for snow and ice as travel disruption expected | UK News

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for snow and ice at the weekend and into next week.

The alerts, which warn some travel disruption is likely, cover northern parts of Scotland on Sunday and Monday.

Another warning has been issued for the whole of Northern Ireland on Monday.

The Met Office said some roads and railways are likely to be affected, with some icy patches on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.

It warned there may also be some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces.

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The warnings for Scotland are active for the whole of Sunday and Monday, while the alert for Northern Ireland is active from 3am until midnight on Monday.

The warning covering Scotland on Monday cautions there will be a small chance of power cuts and warns other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affected.

It also says there is a slight chance snow-covered roads would lead to stranded vehicles and passengers, along with delayed or cancelled rail and air travel.

The Met Office said a northerly airflow will bring cold arctic air to the UK from Sunday and into next week, causing snow showers to focus across northern areas of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

There is a chance of disruptive snow for some areas as milder Atlantic air pushes in from the southwest over the next week.

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“While the initial snow risk from Sunday onwards is looking most likely to be coastal areas in the north of the UK, including North Sea and Irish Sea coasts, there’s an ongoing likelihood of some disruptive snow through the middle to latter part of next week,” Met Office deputy chief meteorologist David Hayter said.

“What we’re keeping an eye on for this disruptive snow is where exactly this milder air from the southwest bumps into the cold air that will be in place over the UK. It’s where these airmasses meet that there’s a likelihood of some substantial snow for some places.

“At the moment, models are showing us a variety of options for exactly when and how this situation plays out and it’s something we’ll be able to add more details to in the coming days.”

UK weather: Heavy rain set to batter UK as severe weather and flood warnings issued | UK News

Heavy rain is set to hit large areas of the UK on Thursday, with up to four inches (10cm) falling in parts of Scotland.

The Met Office has issued a number of new yellow weather warnings of low-level impacts in the South West and South Wales, the Midlands, parts of northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Severe weather warnings have been published for rain across the UK, with as much as 80mm possible in parts of the west, particularly on higher ground.

Journey times are likely to be longer as spray and flooding affect roads, while bus and train services will probably also suffer.

Some homes and businesses face the threat of flooding as up to three inches (8cm) of rain falls in some parts of the west.

Neil Armstrong, chief forecaster at the Met Office, said: “After a relatively calm day on Wednesday, wet and windy weather will move in from the west on Wednesday night.

“Low pressure will drive several days of unsettled conditions with heavy rainfall the main concern.

“Higher ground in eastern Scotland could even see up to 100mm of rain.

“The rain will be falling on already very wet ground and where there is still lying snow in the northwest of England and parts of Scotland, snow melt will exacerbate the risk of flooding.

Wet and windy conditions will replace the previous cold spell that has seen frosts, snow and ice in some regions, from Wednesday night.

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In pictures: Snow blankets parts of the UK

Western parts of the UK are forecast to be the worst hit, as heavy rain falls on areas still sodden from the previous rainfall.

More heavy rain will arrive on the back of another wave of low pressure, causing further problems during Friday and Saturday morning.

There are currently 22 flood warnings and 111 flood alerts in place across England.

RAC Breakdown spokesman Simon Williams urged drivers to be wary of flooded roads.

“Drivers in the worst-affected areas will need to be on their guard for floods and standing water,” he said.

“Anyone tempted to drive through water that is too deep for their vehicle is risking their safety and a very expensive repair bill near to Christmas or, worse still, the prospect of an insurance write-off.”

UK weather: 5cm of snow and -10C possible today, with three Met Office warnings in force | UK News

Parts of the UK could see up to 5cm of snow today, with temperatures set to fall as low as -10C (14F) in some areas.

Three yellow weather warnings are currently in place, with Met Office forecasters warning that colder conditions will persist into the weekend.

The whole eastern coast of the UK, stretching from Scotland to East Anglia, is under an alert for snow and ice until 11am this morning.

The scene in Northumberland yesterday
The scene in Northumberland yesterday

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Commuters are being told that journeys by road and rail could take longer than usual, and untreated icy patches could cause slips and falls.

Warnings for ice are also in force across parts of Northern Ireland and southwest England until 10am, with treacherous conditions possible as temperatures fall below freezing following showers.

The bout of wintry weather made its presence felt on Thursday, with dozens of schools in Cornwall either partially or fully closed.

Several crashes were also reported on County Durham’s roads because of snow.

A widespread frost is forecast for this morning, with overnight temperatures plunging to -6C in southwest England, -8C in Wales, and -10C in Scotland.

Temperatures are also unlikely to recover during the day, with a maximum of just 5C (41F) anticipated across the South.

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The UK Health Security Agency has issued amber cold health alerts in five regions – the East Midlands, West Midlands, North West, North East and Yorkshire and the Humber – until 5 December.

It fears there could be a “significant” impact across the health and social care sector.

According to the Met Office, the UK is likely to remain in a northeasterly air flow for several days to come, meaning it will stay cold well into next week.

National Highways is urging motorists to plan their journeys, keep an eye on the weather forecast, and take extra care on the roads.

Its national network manager Dale Hipkiss said: “Freezing conditions bring so many hazards such as snow and ice, please take every possible step to understand your journey in advance and allow extra time when travelling.

“Keeping a kit of essential items like a torch and warm clothes in your vehicle can be vital.”

Storm Ciaran: Flood warnings remain – but rain expected to pass | UK News

Flood warnings remain across England after days of heavy rain, though dryer conditions are forecast in the coming days.

As of 9.30am on Sunday, 41 flood warnings are in place in England (meaning flooding is expected), particularly along the south coast from Weymouth to Bexhill, where heavy rain fell on saturated ground on Saturday.

It comes after Storm Ciaran battered the south coast and the Channel Islands with heavy rain and gusts of up to 104mph on Thursday, leaving nearly 150,000 homes without power.

There are another 159 alerts – warning flooding is possible – with only the North West and far North East unaffected in England, while no active flood warnings are in Scotland.

Showers will mostly be in the western coastal counties on Sunday, with dry and brighter conditions in the east and no weather warnings currently issued.

There were also flood warnings near Godalming in Surrey, for the River Ouse at York and the River Waveney from Diss to Bungay in East Anglia.

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East Sussex and southeast Ken could receive 30-45mm of rainfall according to the Met Office

Other warnings remained on the River Witham near Lincoln, in the area of Marchington in east Staffordshire, and the River Dene at Walton.

There is one flood warning in place in Wales on Sunday morning, according to Natural Resources Wales, with flooding expected along the River Ritec at Tenby, Pembrokeshire.

Alerts that flooding is possible also affect South Pembrokeshire.

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The south of England saw the worst of Storm Ciaran, with strong winds battering coastal areas of Kent, and flooding across parts of Hampshire, Sussex, Devon and Cornwall.

There was also major disruption to the UK’s travel network, with ferries cancelled, roads flooded and bridges closed over concerns about high winds.

Hundreds of schools closed in Hampshire, Southampton, the Isle of Wight and across Devon and Cornwall due to the storm on Thursday, while all schools have closed on the island of Jersey.

UK weather: Heatwave to reach dramatic climax today – with yellow warnings for thunderstorms in place | UK News

The heatwave will reach a dramatic climax on Sunday – with a yellow warning for thunderstorms in place across large parts of the UK.

Temperatures are set to head above 30C (86F) once again in parts of southern England – with much cooler conditions expected as a new week begins.

But further north, the Met Office is warning that thunderstorms could bring disruption, and a risk of sudden flooding in some areas.

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A yellow warning is in force from 2pm to 11.59pm – covering much of northern England and Northern Ireland, alongside parts of Scotland and Wales.

“Unlucky locations” could see up to 70mm of intense rainfall in the space of a few hours – with “additional hazards” of frequent lightning and large hail.

Saturday was provisionally the hottest day of the year so far – with highs of 33.2C (92F) recorded at London’s Kew Bridge.

And Sunday is set to prolong the record for the longest consecutive stretch of September days above 30C, with temperatures above this threshold for the seventh day in a row.

Britons are being urged to make the most of the warmer weather, as conditions are set to become more typical for this time of year.

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Showers and longer spells of rain will begin to sweep in on Monday – and it’s shaping up to be rather unsettled in the South on Tuesday.

Sky’s weather producer Chris England said: “It will be cooler and fresher for many, still quite muggy in the South East, although not as hot as recently.”

Storm Betty Met Office weather warnings in place as wind and rain batters much of UK | UK News

Very strong winds and heavy rain are expected across the UK, as Storm Betty’s arrival causes multiple weather warnings for the start of the weekend.

The storm – which arrived in the UK on Friday – is the second named storm this month, following Storm Antoni.

The warnings follow a wet and windy night, particularly around the Irish Sea, with overnight gusts of 66 miles per hour (mph) recorded in Capel Curig, Gwynedd, in Wales.

A warning for strong winds remains in force until around noon on Saturday for western parts of England and Wales as well as the eastern area of Northern Ireland.

The Met Office says there is a risk of injuries and danger to life from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties.

Gusts of wind may also cause damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs.

There is also potential for power cuts and mobile phone coverage could be affected.

Those making journeys are being advised to take care, with spray and flooding on roads adding to travel time, while those on public transport could be hit by cancellations and delays.

Flooding of homes and businesses could also be possible in some areas.

A weather warning for rain is also in place for Central Scotland, Tayside and Fife, Grampian, southwest Scotland, Lothian Borders and Strathclyde.

The highest rainfall totals are expected over east-facing high ground in the Angus Hills and the Grampian Mountains where between 40-60mm could accumulate.

Strong and gusty southeasterly winds will accompany the rain, with gusts perhaps as high as 40mph around some exposed coasts and hills in the east.

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Warnings are in force until midday on Saturday.

Betty is the second storm named in August.

She marks the second time since storm naming was introduced in 2015 that two storms have been named in August, following Ellen and Francis in August 2020.

Thunderstorm warnings across UK after hottest days of the year so far | UK News

Yellow weather warnings for thunderstorms and rain have been issued by the Met Office for across the UK after the hottest days of the year so far.

Four yellow thunderstorm warnings are in place from 12pm to 9pm on Monday and cover parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland, much of southern England and the Midlands and most of Wales.

Forecasters have warned the heavy downpours bring the increased risk for flash-flooding and may cause disruption to motorists on the roads and disrupt bus and rail services.

A yellow weather warning for rain has also been issued, covering southern parts of England and Wales until 9am on Monday.

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for thunderstorms and rain across much of the UK
The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for thunderstorms and rain across much of the UK

The forecast follows a weekend of scorching temperatures and heavy rainfall.

A temperature of 32C was recorded at Kew Gardens in southwest London on Sunday and much of the UK was hotter than Monaco and the French Riviera where temperatures languished in the low 20s.

However, temperatures fell just short of this year’s record high of 32.2C which was reached on Saturday in Chertsey, Surrey.

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Guardsmen faint under blazing sun

A total of 28.6mm of rain fell in Charlwood, Surrey, on Sunday afternoon, which is almost half the average for the whole month of June.

Met Office meteorologist Dan Stroud said potentially a month’s worth of rain could fall within a short period.

He said: “On Monday, we’re expecting a fine and hot start, temperatures rising fairly quickly during the course of the morning under strong early summer sunshine and that’s likely to spark a few thundery showers.

“Parts of Wales and England will see 30mm of rain in an hour, 60 to 80mm in some spots.

“North parts of Northern Ireland, southwest Scotland and the Highlands could see 20 to 30mm of rain in an hour during the thunderstorms, and 40 to 50mm in some spots.

“Potentially we are looking at a month’s worth of rain falling.

“The highest temperatures will be around Birmingham and in Wales.

“It will widely be 24C to 28C on Monday, with some spots sitting at the 30C to 32C mark.

“It will be warmer than Monaco, where it has hit 24.7C on Sunday and is expected to be 22 to 24C on Monday.”

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There is a chance of flash flooding in places, the Met Office says. File pic

A heat-health alert for hot weather remains in place until 9am on Tuesday.

The five regions of England under an amber alert – when the heat is likely to impact the wider population, not just the most vulnerable – are:

• West Midlands
• East Midlands
• East of England
• South East
• South West

A further yellow alert – when the weather is likely to impact vulnerable groups such as those with underlying health conditions, or the elderly – is in place for:

• North East
• North West
• Yorkshire and Humber
• London

The alert, issued by the UK Health Security Agency and the Met Office, covers England and provides warnings of hot weather which might impact the health of members of the public – and is designed to assist healthcare workers who are managing periods of “extreme temperatures”.

Slightly cooler temperatures are on the way from Tuesday onwards, with Thursday and Friday in the mid-high 20s, Mr Stroud added.

He said: “We are likely to see the hot weather continue although high pressure is starting to build in.

“That’s going to kill off the showers and moving into next week the temperature will dip slightly to the mid to high 20s.”

UK weather: Met Office issues ice warnings, plummeting temperatures and rain to hit Britain | UK News

Plummeting temperatures and icy conditions are set to sweep parts of Britain overnight after the country endured a cold snap and consistent downpours at the end of 2022.

Yellow weather warnings for ice are in place for the North of England and across Northern Ireland from midnight on Monday until 11am on Tuesday.

The Met Office has also issued yellow weather warnings for ice in Scotland from 6pm on New Year’s Day until 11am on Monday, with temperatures expected to drop to -8C in the Highlands.

Pic: Met Office
Pic: Met Office

The forecaster warned of the risk of injuries from slips and falls, along with icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.

While rainfall is easing for many, it will remain cold in the North and West of the country, with the Met Office adding: “Rain in northeast and southeast is clearing during the evening, though lingering over the Northern Isles.

“A few showers elsewhere, but plenty of dry weather with easing winds. Cold in the north and west with some frost. Icy stretches in the north.”

It added that “ice remains the main hazard”.

A snow warning across central and northern Scotland was in place until midday on Sunday.

The Met Office predicts a “much better day than of late” on Monday with most areas expecting fine, dry and bright weather after a chilly start through showers in the southeast during the morning, though it will remain showery in northwest Scotland.

Met Office meteorologist Dan Stroud said: “We’re expecting temperatures to drop quite quickly, quite widely – actually below zero – with some rural spots getting down to -7C, -8C tonight in the Highlands.”

He added: “The rest of the UK, certainly a colder night than the night just gone… a few showers moving off of the north and west around Liverpool Bay area across the Lake District, and those will leave behind wet surfaces during the course of the afternoon and into the evening.”

After a cold and dry day on Monday, forecasters say the first week of 2023 looks unsettled with wet and windy weather for most, before turning milder.

Fourteen flood warnings are in place for the next five days, with local flooding from rivers and surface water possible on Tuesday and Wednesday for parts of North West England.

Land, roads and some properties could also flood, and there may be travel disruption.

For most of Tuesday and Wednesday, the Met Office predicts it will be unsettled and windy for most parts of the country, with showers or longer spells of rain.

It is expected to turn mild after a chilly start on Tuesday morning, with further rain in mainly central and southern areas forecast later on Thursday.

Convicted murderer told of ‘imminent’ plots to kill him – as police issue thousands of ‘threat to life’ warnings | UK News

A convicted murderer who has been warned by police of “imminent” plots to kill him says he refuses to take more precautions to protect himself.

It comes as new figures show hundreds of people, including children, received official warnings about threats against their lives last year.

Kevin Lane said he has been given multiple “threat to life” notices – also known as Osman warnings – since he was found guilty of shooting dead Robert Magill in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, in 1994.

Police issue the letters when they have intelligence of a real and immediate threat to someone’s life but not enough evidence to justify arresting the possible offender.

A Sky News investigation has found more than 2,900 threat-to-life warnings have been issued by police since 2018 – including at least 222 given to people under the age of 18.

The total number is likely to be much higher as most forces failed to provide details following freedom of information requests – including the Metropolitan Police, the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the West Midlands and Merseyside forces.

Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab has suggested scrapping threat-to-life notices, with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) telling Sky News they are disproportionately more likely to be given to criminals and are “using precious resources to protect murderous gangs from death threats against each other”.

Kevin Lane, who was convicted of murder, says he has received multiple 'threat to life' warnings
Lane says he has received multiple ‘threat to life’ warnings

Lane – who was released from his murder sentence in 2015 and continues to protest his innocence – said he received his latest Osman warning from police after returning from a trip in Turkey about four months ago, and was told: “There’s an imminent threat against your life.”

“I was fuming,” he told Sky News.

“I’d just had one a month before that. And some before that as well. I said ‘what are you doing?’

“You know where these are coming from… they have to have a source for them to receive the information.

“What are they doing about the source? Do they pull these culprits in to let them know they’re aware someone has mentioned them?”

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Police issue threat-to-life warning notices when there is intelligence of a threat to someone’s life. File pic

‘An inevitable threat’

Lane said police did not divulge if they knew who was behind the threats, but he believes he knows who was responsible.

“I know who they’re coming from,” he said.

“These people are telling people they’re going to shoot me and have me killed. It’s common knowledge.

“It’s gone up to £200,000 now to weigh me in.

“It’s an inevitable threat I take seriously but I won’t change my lifestyle.”

Asked if he was worried about threats being made to kill him, he replied: “Look, I wish there weren’t.

“I’m not worried about it. I lived in prison for 20 years with people walking around wanting to kill me, slash me.”

An example of a 'threat to life' warning letter issued by police
An example of a ‘threat to life’ warning letter issued by police

What are threat-to-life warning notices?

  • Threat-to-life warning notices were started after businessman Ali Osman was shot dead in east London in 1988 by a teacher who had previously said he was thinking of committing a massacre.
  • Paul Paget-Lewis also shot and wounded Mr Osman’s son, Ahmet, after becoming obsessed with him while working at his school. He was later convicted of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
  • In 1998, the Osman family successfully argued in the European Court of Human Rights that the Met Police had breached Mr Osman’s right to life because it had all the information it needed to deal with the threat.
  • It was a significant ruling which led to the formal ‘Osman warning’ letters being introduced.
  • When issuing the warnings, officers will often visit the home of the threatened person and advise they change their schedule, be on the lookout for suspicious activity and potentially move home temporarily, according to the charity Pace (Parents Against Child Exploitation).

What does the data show?

A total of 2,941 threat-to-life warning notices were issued by police between 2018 and November 2022, according to data provided by 12 UK forces.

They included 765 warnings handed out in 2021, the figures showed.

Most forces failed to respond to Sky News’ freedom of information requests or refused to provide the information, saying it was not easily retrievable.

Among the forces to respond:

• Greater Manchester Police said 445 threat-to-life warnings were issued in 2021, up from 411 in 2020, 319 in 2019, and 251 in 2018. They included 193 warnings given to under-18s.

North Yorkshire Police said 55 threat-to-life warning notices were handed out in 2022 – a big rise on previous years when one was issued in 2021, six in 2020, two in 2019 and seven in 2018.

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Asked why there had been a marked increase in threat-to-life notices this year, a force spokeswoman said it was possibly due to “increasing levels of policing regarding county lines and drug trafficking”.

• Humberside Police said 144 threat-to-life warning notices were issued in 2021, up from 134 the previous year. A further 155 of the warnings were handed out in 2019 and 179 in 2018.

Police Scotland said 20 threat-to-life warnings were issued in 2021, up from 18 in 2020, 17 in 2019 and 13 in 2018.

South Wales Police said 70 threat-to-life notices were handed out in 2021, compared to 97 in 2020, 90 in 2019 and 78 in 2018. They included 15 notices given to under-18s.

At least 177 threat-to-life warning notices have been issued to women across the UK since 2018, although only seven forces broke down their data on the number given to men and women.

Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab arriving in Downing Street
Dominic Raab has voiced his opposition to threat-to-life notices

What has the government said?

Mr Raab has suggested scrapping threat-to-life notices required by the Osman ruling in his proposed Bill of Rights, although there are reports it could be shelved by the government.

The justice secretary has said the warnings have “added considerable complexity and expense to ongoing policing operations” and people involved in serious crime are disproportionately more likely to receive them.

One force reported that up to 75% of all threat-to-life notices may be issued to serious criminals or gangs, he added.

An MoJ spokesperson told Sky News: “The ‘Osman ruling’ has led to police using precious resources to protect murderous gangs from death threats against each other, at the expense of priorities like catching burglars and sending more rapists to prison.

“The Bill of Rights will give experienced police officers greater flexibility to allocate resources based on their professional judgement, rather than because of the threat of legal action.”

It is understood the MoJ has concerns that “threat to life” operations take up a substantial amount of police time and deprive forces of the ability to take their own decisions about where to allocate resources.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council did not respond when contacted by Sky News but has previously said threat-to-life warnings have proven “highly effective in the overwhelming majority of cases”.