Deck the halls with a BROLLY! Met Office predicts Xmas rain

Deck the halls with a BROLLY! Met Office’s long range festive forecast predicts heavy rain and gales for Christmas with only a smattering of snow on the hills

  • Met Office forecasters predict the country could be lashed by heavy rain from the middle of December 
  • Initial forecasts show that storm force winds could also batter the country over the Christmas period
  • This follows several days of Storm Diana which hit the country with winds in excess of 80mph  

Christmas revellers might need to bring a brolly with them according to the latest long-range forecasts by the Met Office. 

Initial forecasts for the festive period predict wet and windy weather affecting all areas of the UK.

According to the long-range prediction: ‘This will bring heavy rain and gales or severe gales, with a chance that it may even turn stormy at times. 

‘Overall, it is likely to be mild across much of the country with snow tending to be confined to hills in the north. However, in any drier interludes it will turn colder.’ 

This jogger looked on as strong gale force winds drove waves onto the sea wall in Aberystwyth, Wales earlier today 

The Cardigan Bay coast suffered from the tail end of Storm Diana which hit the country with 80mph winds 

However, further south in Dorset, fishermen were able to cast their lines on the beach as conditions settled 

As people prepare to open their advent calendars, the weather this weekend is looking pretty grim 

However, it is still too far to accurately predict conditions on the big day, although bookmakers have slashed odds on a White Christmas, with Ladbrokes claiming there was a 6/5 chance of a dusting of snow in Aberdeen or 9/2 for London. 

However, Storm Diana which has been battering the country with 80mph winds has already claimed several lives. 

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More rain is due to hit the country overnight with a gloomy start to tomorrow morning 

But while temperatures at the start of December normally average 9-10C (48-50F), it could reach 15C (59F) in central and southern areas on Sunday.

A further band of rain is then due to arrive in the west tomorrow and move across the country through the early part of Sunday followed by showers.

The best chance of bright and sunny weather is on Sunday, when sunshine and showers are expected in the South West and South Wales in the afternoon.

In Bradford, calm conditions greeted those lucky enough to take an early morning stroll through Harold Park in the town

However, the Met Office warned that the calm conditions will not last with heavy rain expected to last the country overnight

A Met Office spokesman said: ‘Saturday will have a rather cloudy start with rain across central and southern areas.

‘It will slowly turn drier in the afternoon, but remaining largely cloudy.’ The bands of rain are due to an area of low pressure crossing the country, with more ‘unsettled weather’ over the next few days.

The only exception is set to be Monday, when sunny intervals are expected in the Midlands and north.

Southern areas are set to be cloudier with showers and spells of rain.

It is also due to turn cooler, with ground frosts expected overnight on Monday into Tuesday, when temperatures could fall to 2C (36F) in the south and 0C (32F) in northern areas.

A further band of rain is due to cross the country on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

A Met Office spokesman said: ‘South-eastern parts of the UK may start wet on Wednesday, but rain will clear, with most areas becoming dry and bright.

‘This will lead to a cold night and a widespread frost to start the day on Thursday.’ But then yet more wet and windy weather is due to move in ahead of next weekend and the following week, when forecasters say it is likely to remain ‘unsettled with further spells of wet and windy weather, interspersed by drier, brighter and showery interludes’. 

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