Weather forecast today – Sunny spells and blustery showers on the way with widespread frost expected over Christmas

SUNNY spells and blustery showers are expected across the UK today after flooding and downpours yesterday.

Gale-force winds and torrential rain gave Britain a further lashing after a damp and wet week full of flood warnings.

But today will be dry across the east of the country, with some cloud and rain in the southwest.

And snow is forecast for some between Christmas and New Year – with Christmas Eve on Thursday bringing "widespread frost" across Britain.

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

  • Claudia Aoraha

    FROST ON XMAS EVE

    The Met Office said that by Thursday, Christmas Eve, it will be dry and cold nationwide.

    And with it will come widespread frost – as kids across the country eagerly await a visit from Father Christmas.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    YESTERDAY'S WEATHER IN PICS

    A flooded park in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire after the River Avon burst its banks yesterday.

    Credit: PA:Press Association
  • Claudia Aoraha

    HERE'S THE FORECAST FOR TONIGHT

    The Met Office said: "Showers becoming confined to north and west Scotland.

    "Turning chilly under clear spells for a while.

    "Rain in southwest spreading across much of England and Wales overnight. Windy in south."

  • Claudia Aoraha

    BLUSTERY SHOWERS AND SUNNY SPELLS TODAY

    Here's the latest weather update from the Met Office.

    "Sunny spells and blustery showers, these heaviest and most frequent across western areas with a risk of hail and thunder at times.

    "Driest weather across eastern areas. Cloud and more persistent rain reaching the southwest later."

  • Claudia Aoraha

    FLOODS YESTERDAY

    Flooded roads at Rotherwas in Herefordshire yesterday afternoon.

    Credit: Rex Features
  • Claudia Aoraha

    EAST STAYS DRY TODAY

    BBC Weather said: "Another sunshine and showers day, but some in eastern areas will stay largely (if not completely) dry."

  • Brittany Vonow

    WHAT TO EXPECT

    According to the Met Office, the UK can expect sunny spells and scattered showers today.

    Blustery showers are predicted to be the most frequent around the west, with a risk of hail and thunder.

    The showers are expected to continue to spread across much of England and Wales overnight.

  • Brittany Vonow

    OVERNIGHT RAIN

    Brits were hit with heavy rain overnight with Tredegar in the southeast of Wales recording the most at 26.8mm in 24 hours.

  • Hana Carter

    OUTLOOK FOR MONDAY TO WEDNESDAY

    Rain spreading across many parts of the UK Monday. Some rain in the far south Tuesday, sunny spells elsewhere with showers in Scotland. Further heavy rain in southern parts Wednesday.

  • Hana Carter

    ROTHERWAS, HEREFORDSHIRE FLOODED

     

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  • Hana Carter

    THE FINAL METEOR SHOWER OF 2020 SET TO DELIGHT SKYGAZERS

    Skygazers can look forward to the final display of shooting stars this year as the Earth passes through a cloud of cometary dust.

    The Ursid meteor shower is expected to peak some time during the night of December 21 and will be visible until the early morning of December 22.

    This celestial display is associated with the comet 8P/Tuttle, also known as Comet Tuttle, which orbits the Sun once every 13 years.

    The Ursid meteor shower is usually sparse, producing around five meteors per hour at its peak.

    The peak coincides with a first quarter Moon, so weather permitting, shooting stars will still be visible in the night sky.

    According to Royal Observatory Greenwich, the meteor shower also occurs around the time of the winter solstice, when there will be long hours of darkness for stargazing.

  • Hana Carter

    THIS EVENING AND TONIGHT FORECAST

    Showers affecting many parts, especially western areas where some will be heavy with a risk of hail and thunder.

    Clear spells too, particularly for eastern areas. Windy, especially near showers in the west.

  • Hana Carter

    A WHITE CHRISTMAS ODDS-ON IN THE UK NEXT WEEK

    Leading bookmaker Coral makes it odds-on at 1-2 for there to be White Christmas — snow in any major city in the UK on Christmas Day — this year.

    Coral is betting on the individual cities where snow will fall on Christmas Day. Edinburgh is the 2-1 favourite, Newcastle is 3-1 to see the white stuff on the big day, Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds are 4-1, while London can be backed at 5-1.

    Coral’s John Hill said: “As we get closer to the big day, it still looks like we will have a White Christmas in a major city in the UK this year.

    “Edinburgh and Newcastle are the most likely major cities to see snow on Christmas Day. We have seen interest in our betting on the likes of Birmingham and London too.”

  • Hana Carter

    WEATHER MAP FOR SUNDAY

  • Hana Carter

    FLOODS IN FIELD IN NEWBRIDGE ON USK

  • Hana Carter

    2021 WILL BE ONE OF THE HOTTEST YEARS

    The Met Office annual global temperature forecast for 2021 suggests that next year will once again enter the series of the Earth’s hottest years.

    The average global temperature for 2021 is forecast to be between 0.91 °C and 1.15 °C (with a central estimate of 1.03 °C) above the average for the pre-industrial period (1850-1900): the seventh year in succession when temperatures have exceeded or been close to 1.0 °C above pre-industrial levels.

  • Hana Carter

    WARNING OF SNOW BETWEEN CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR

    The Met Office long-range forecast says wintry showers could fall as snow in places.

    It says: “A ridge of high pressure is expected to build to the west of the UK, bringing cold conditions, and remaining the dominant pattern for the rest of the year, with many southern and western parts becoming predominantly dry and settled.

    “North and east seeing the greatest chance of showers, with these falling as snow in places, especially on higher ground.”

  • Hana Carter

    FLOODED PARK IN TEWKESBURY TODAY

  • Patrick Knox

    TOMORROW’S WEATHER

    There will be showers this morning for western and southern coasts of Britain, and for Northern Ireland as well. 

    The showers will be frequent through the day, sometimes heavy and thundery, especially in Scotland. Drier and brighter elsewhere. Gentle south-westerly winds

    In the evening there will be showers in southern and western areas should ease, and the more prolonged rain in Scotland will turn to drizzle.

    However, a band of rain will move into Wales and southern England after a clear start to the night, turning skies cloudy. Rain will turn heavy towards dawn. Gentle southerly winds

  • Patrick Knox

    WET, WET, WET

    Tom Morgan, Met Office meteorologist, said Whitebarrow in Devon saw the most rain yesterday with 138mm falling in 24 hours.

    In Carmarthenshire, south Wales, a total of 98mm fell at Llyn-y-Fan Blaenau in the same period.

    Mr Morgan said: "That's well over what we would expect to fall.

    "For those upland areas we generally see around 200 to 250 m rain expected across the whole of December.

    "So we saw roughly half a month's worth of rain falling in a day in those locations and even at lower levels we saw quite widely 30 to 50mm of rain."

    He said places in Cumbria, in the north west of England, also saw in excess of 60 m of rain falling on Friday.

  • Patrick Knox

    PICTURED: IMAGES SHOW EXTENT OF FLOODING

    Vehicles going through flooded roads on the Norfolk/Cambridgeshire border at Welney.

    Motorists struggled to get through deep water on flooded roads in Cambridgeshire this morning. Commuters had difficulties driving along the flooded lanes in Welney after the River Delph burst its banks. 

    There are currently 42 flood alerts in place across the country and one flood warning, according to the Environment Agency. 

    Today is expected to be cloudy with rain at times. There will be heavier rain in south Wales, Devon and Cornwall and it will be very mild across the country. 

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  • Patrick Knox

    FLOOD WARNINGS

    As of around 2pm of Saturday, the Environment Agency had 16 flood warnings in place in England – which advise immediate action – mostly across the south-west and along the English and Welsh border.

     further 70 flood warnings, which highlight where "flooding is possible", cover the same regions as well as further parts of central, north-west and north-east England.

    Meanwhile, Natural Resources Wales has 14 flood warnings and 22 flood alerts in place, largely across the south of the country.

    Tom Morgan, Met Office meteorologist Morgan said "the news is better" over the rest of the weekend with a mixture of sunshine and showers forecast.

    He said some "heavy and blustery showers" would move across the country from west to east, bringing some "intense" downpours in some places, particularly the west, but rainfall would not be prolonged.

  • Patrick Knox

    SHORTEST DAY

    The winter solstice is only a few days away!

    The sun is expected to rise at 8.02am today – before setting at 3.52pm.

    That means we’ll have about 7 hours and 50 minutes of daylight today.

    December 21 is expected to be the shortest day of the year, with just 7 hours, 49 minutes and 42 seconds of daylight.

  • Patrick Knox

    TORRENTIAL RAIN TRIGGERS EVACUATIONS AND VEHICLE RESCUES

    Emergency services evacuated people from caravans and rescued drivers stranded on flood-hit roads after half a month's worth of rain fell in some parts of the UK.

    A number of flood warnings and alerts remain in place across south Wales and the south-west of England on Saturday following torrential downpours.

    The Met Office said upland areas in these regions bore the brunt of the wet weather yesterday.

    This morning, emergency services were seen rescuing a DPD delivery van driver who had become stranded in flood water at Newbridge on Usk in Wales.

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