A powerful low pressure system affected the UK yesterday evening and overnight bringing strong winds and heavy rain to many areas of the UK.
From the Met Office blog:
“The low pressure system will continue to affect the UK today, bringing sunny spells and blustery, heavy showers with the chance of thunderstorms and snow over high ground. Severe gales are again expected around western and northwestern coasts, with the strongest winds likely over Northern Ireland and southwest Scotland, extending to northern Scotland later. You can see detail on this on our forecast and warnings pages.”
The UK is battered once again as the latest storm strikes the west coast.
The Met Office has issued a rare Red Warning for west Wales and north-east England. Forecasters warn to prepare for hurricane force winds up to 100mph in some parts of the UK.
Please keep an eye on the Met Office and Environment Agency websites for the latest warning and weather reports.
The figure above is a satellite image of today’s storm.
This is an extraordinary animation of the Winter storms that have battered the UK over the past couple of months.
The current Winter is already the wettest on record and unfortunately there are no signs of the weather getting any better. At the time of writing there are 14 severe flood warnings in the southern UK with more rain expected today.
If you have been affected by the flooding please avoid walking in flood waters. Flooding can cause manhole covers to come off, leaving hidden dangers.
An area of low pressure has been moving up from the Atlantic over the past few days. At the moment it is located off the west coast of Ireland.
This weather front will move into the UK later today and could result in strong winds creating large coastal waves, coastal flooding and storm surges. The north-western coasts of Scotland are expected to be hit the worst.
However, according to the latest Met Office forecast the weather should improve over the week as the storm moves north-east past the UK.
This beautiful screen shot shows wind speeds at 1000 hPa with the values shown for the small green circle (Leeds). The large low pressure system is clearly seen in the Atlantic.