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Weather forecast UK tomorrow – North Pole weather BOMB triggers flood warnings just as London heads into tier 3 lockdown

A NORTH Pole "weather bomb" will send temperatures plummeting in coming days.

Strong winds and rain heavy enough to trigger Met Office flood warnings will batter the country from tomorrow, bringing yet more December misery.

And with London heading for tier 3 lockdown, those living in the capital will have even less reason to go outside as torrential rain is expected to be begin in the middle of the week and lasting into the weekend.

Follow our weather live blog for all the latest news and updates fom around the country…

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    TONIGHT'S FORECAST

    Here's the forecast for tonight according to the Met Office: "Clear spells and showers for many western areas with some early evening rain over the southeast and East Anglia.

    "Staying windy but a little colder than Sunday night."

  • Christy Cooney

    IN PICTURES – A 1933 MORRIS MINOR ON A FLOODED ROAD IN GARRIGILL, CUMBRIA

    Credit: PA:Press Association
  • Christy Cooney

    'HIGHER CHANCE OF WHITE CHRISTMAS THAN MOST YEARS'

    The UK has a higher chance of seeing snow over this festive period than in most years, forecasters say.

    Speaking to the Mirror, former BBC weatherman John Hammond said that a wave of cold air will lower temperatures across the country in the week to Christmas.

    “High pressure over the North Pole shows signs of pushing cold air south, with a cooling trend for the UK by December 21," he said.

    “The intensely cold air is ready to surge our way given the chance. A white Christmas is a higher chance than most years.”

  • Christy Cooney

    FLOOD WARNINGS IN PLACE ACROSS EAST SCOTLAND AND WESTERN ISLES

    Fourteen flood warnings and four flood alerts have been introduced in the east of Scotland and the Western Isles.

    The Scottish Environment Protection Agency said that a combination of heavy rains and high tides had increased the risk of flooding, particularly in low lying areas.

    On the east coast, warnings are in place near Dundee, Perth, Montrose, and Stonehaven as well as Fraserburgh and Spey Bay in the north.

    On the Western Isles, warnings are in place in Stornoway, Baleshare, and the area around Loch Carnan.

    Full details on the SEPA website.

  • Christy Cooney

    DRIVERS WARNED OF SPRAY ON ROADS

    Motorists have been told to watch out for spray on busy roads following heavy rains.

    A tweet from the Met Office said Brits should take an umbrella with them if they plan to step out for a lunchtime walk.

    Bands of heavy rain have been moving across the country from the southeast over the last few hours.

    The tweet added: "If you're travelling, there is likely to be a lot of spray on roads like the M3 and M25 at the moment."

  • Christy Cooney

    TEMPERATURES AROUND 10C ACROSS UK

    Temperatures will remain at around 10C across the country throughout the day, according to the Met Office.

    A temperature map for 3pm today shows temperatures at 10C across the midlands and part of the south.

    Elsewhere in the South will see temperatures of 11C and highs of 12C, while the north will see highs of 9C.

    In Scotland, temperatures will remain mostly around 8C and 9C, with lows of 7C.

  • Christy Cooney

    FLOOD ALERTS ALONG CORNWALL COAST

    Multiple flood alerts are in place along the Cornwall coast amid high tides, the Environment Agency has said.

    Alerts are in place from Land's Ends to Lizard Point and from Lizard Point to Gribbin Head, excluding Truro City.

    They are also in force between Rame Head and Plymouth.

    In total, there are currently 27 alerts in place across England, mostly due to heavy rains.

    Full details on the Environment Agency website.

  • Christy Cooney

    CLIMATE CHANGE 'MAKING WHITE CHRISTMAS LESS LIKELY'

    Climate change has made a White Christmas in the UK less likely, a Met Office meteorologist has said.

    Speaking to SomersetLive, Grahame Madge said snow over the festive season this year was "not impossible but unlikely".

    He added: "Climatologically, a White Christmas is a lot less likely than it would have been in years gone by as winters are getting warmer generally.

    "We did have the Beast from the East in 2018 which brought heavy snow to the South West.

    "But the balance of probability is less than it would have been 30 or 40 years ago."

  • Christy Cooney

    PERSISTENT RAIN IN SOUTHEAST THIS AFTERNOON

    The southeast of England will have a dry start but see persistent rain this afternoon, forecasters have said.

    The Met Office said the country would see a "mixture of sunny spells and showers" today and that westerly parts would see heaviest and most frequent showers.

    It added that "some eastern parts may stay fairly dry" but that "some more persistent rain" would reach the southeast later.

  • Christy Cooney

    IN PICTURES – THE SUN RISES OVER BOSCOMBE BEACH IN BOURNEMOUTH THIS MORNING

  • Christy Cooney

    WHITE CHRISTMAS 'NOT OUT OF THE QUESTION'

    A White Christmas to end 2020 is "not out of the question", the Met Office has said.

    It comes with a pocket of low pressure expected to move in from the Arctic and lower temperatures across northern areas of the UK.

    There are also spells of rain expected in the coming weeks.

    Speaking to the Mirror, Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkell said it was "not out of the question that some of that rain could fall as sleet and snow" on hills in northern England and Wales.

  • John Hall

    TEMPERATURES TO PLUNGE IN SCOTLAND

    Temperatures in Scotland are set to plunge of the coming weeks, according to reports.

    The expected drop will be the result of a wave of low pressure moving in from the Arctic.

    It is set to bring temperatures as low as -4C to Edinburgh, and bookies are now offering odds of 3/1 on a white Christmas.

  • John Hall

    FLOOD ALERTS ACROSS WEST WALES

    Multiple flood warnings and alerts are currently in place across south Wales following heavy rainfall.

    A flood warning is in force on the River Ritec at Tenby, with levels expected to remain high for a number of days.

    There is also an alert along the River Wye in Powys.

    Alerts are also in place along the south and west coasts, with high tides expected to peak on Wednesday.

    Full details on the Natural Resources Wales government website.

  • John Hall

    HIGHS OF 12 IN THE SOUTH

    Today will see temperature highs of 12C across the south, with the rest of the country remaining in single figures.

    Areas across the south coast will hit 12C in the early afternoon, while parts of Wales and the east of England will reach 11C.

    Temperatures in the midlands, north, and Scotland will be no higher than 9C, and will fall to 7C in parts by the early evening.

  • John Hall

    SHOWERY START FOR THE DAY

    There will be plenty rain this morning across the south coast, south-west England, north-west England, Wales and western Scotland.

    But there will also sunshine as well across eastern England.

  • John Hall

    NORTH POLE PLUNGE TO HIT THIS WEEK

    A 2,000 mile-wide 'North Pole plunge' threatens Christmas snow and travel woe – with five more freezes and -12C (10F) forecast this winter.

    Storms with 60mph winds and up to four inches of rain will buffet Britain this week, hitting worst in the West.

    Ex-BBC weatherman John Hammond said a mass of cold High Arctic air is set to seep towards Britain – with map (below) showing it arriving as millions travel to see loved ones.

  • John Hall

    28 FLOOD ALERTS IN PLACE

    There are currently 28 flood alerts in place across England, according to the Environment Agency.

    There is also one flood warning – meaning flooding is expected – for the River at Marton.

  • John Hall

    GALES AND DOWNPOURS TO BATTER BRITAIN

    Brits are likely to be battered by gale-force winds and torrential downpours this week.

    The West of the country is likely to see the worst of the weather, according to the Met Office.

    A Met Office forecaster said: “Monday will be windy, with heavy showers continuing on Tuesday and gales probable on Wednesday in the west.

    “From Thursday to December 26 starts with windy conditions and potential coastal gales expected.

    “Temperatures will probably trend downwards through the period."

  • John Hall

    FINAL ROUND OF US WOMEN'S OPEN SUSPENDED

    The final round of the US Women's Open in Houston has been suspended until Monday due to dangerous weather conditions, tournament officials said.

    Thunderstorms forced play to stop on Sunday morning before play was called off at the Champions Golf Club for the remainder of the day.

    Japan's Hinako Shibuno, who is gunning for her second major title, has a one stroke lead over American Amy Olson heading into the final 18 holes.

    The US Women's Open, the oldest women's golf major in its 75th year, was rescheduled from June to December due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is being held without spectators

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