BBC Weather: Gusty winds and outbreaks of showers
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The return to classic November weather follows the warm start to the month. And households that have managed without heating may have to admit defeat to Mother Nature.
The Met Office says hilly parts in the North of England could see snow from Saturday – which could spread in the following days. The forecaster’s longer-range prediction raises the prospect of more snow later this month – and in the two weeks running up to Christmas.
Despite the unusually high November temperatures – which experts say were brought on by climate change – the thermometer could fall as low as 5C (41F) with highs of between just 9C and 10C in London.
Torrential rain which swept in through Cornwall yesterday will soak the whole country before exiting our shores over Scotland’s east coast tomorrow.
The downpours bring with them general Met Office weather warnings plus three flood warnings and 43 flood alerts, mostly for the south coast of England, from the Environment Agency.
The Met Office warned that roads, homes and business could be flooded – and transport thrown into chaos.
The forecaster’s Craig Snell said it would be “pretty miserable” for the whole of the South, Midlands and North of England.
The areas at risk of flooding stretch from Southampton to the coast of Kent, a swathe of country from Birmingham, Lincoln and Hull to North Wales, Liverpool and Manchester – and the east coast up to the Scottish border.
Craig added: “The warning areas are where we are most concerned about the risk of flooding.
“But it doesn’t mean that the areas outside them are not going to see some pretty atrocious conditions. The rain will be accompanied by a brisk wind so it’s not going to feel good.”
And the RAC’s Rod Dennis warned drivers to “exercise great care” in the rain.
He said: “The chances of being involved in a collision rise dramatically in wet weather – and even more so if there’s snow.
“So it’s vital drivers slow down, leave plenty of space behind the vehicle in front and use their lights to make sure they’re easily seen by other road users.”
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