Weather forecast today – UK has wettest day EVER, Met Office reveals as bitterly cold weather and frost hits Britain

Weather forecast today – UK has wettest day EVER, Met Office reveals as bitterly cold weather and frost hits Britain

October 16, 2020

BRITAIN experienced its wettest day since records began when Storm Alex ravaged the country earlier this month.

Saturday October 3 saw more rainfall than any other day since 1891 when the first records were kept, Met Office researchers revealed.

With an average of 1.24 inches of rain across the UK, the total amount of water falling that day would have exceeded the capacity of Loch Ness.

The news comes as the UK woke to the first of several frosty starts over the coming days as bitterly cold weather hit – although it will remain dry.

Alex Deakin, Met Office Meteorologist, said: “There will be plenty more opportunities to enjoy the autumn colours over the next few days because most parts of the UK will be dry and bright… by morning time we are well down into single figures even in towns and cities."

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  • Emily Prescott

    FOGGY START

    Fog envelopes the hills around Dorking in Surrey as low temperatures have hit parts of the United Kingdom this morning.

  • Alahna Kindred

    CLIMATE FEARS

    Scientists have warned that climate change is increasing the risk of more extreme weather, such as more intense heavy downpours.

    Grahame Madge, a climate spokesman for the Met Office, said: “The UK's rainfall record contains many extreme events but it is clear from the UK's climate projections that with warmer, wetter winters and hotter, drier summers we can expect increasingly more extreme rainfall records toward the end of the century.

    “There is a simple relationship between a warmer atmosphere and an increased amount of moisture in the atmosphere – this again suggests that the UK is likely to witness increased rainfall and more record-breaking events.”

    The Met Office said the start of October has been very wet, with the UK overall already having 68% of its average rainfall for the month.

  • Alahna Kindred

    WET WET WET

    The UK's wettest day since records began saw Storm Alex bring enough rain to fill the Loch Ness, new figures reveal.

    Data from the national weather service show Saturday October 3, the day after the storm, was the wettest day since records began in 1891.

    Rainfall was widespread, with an average of 31.7mm falling across the whole of the UK.

    And the downpours beat the previous record of 29.8mm on August 25 1986, the Met Office confirmed.

    Mark McCarthy, head of the Met Office National Climate Information Centre, said: “In climate statistics, 2019 will be remembered for possessing the UK's hottest day, whereas 2020 will be associated with rainfall records.”

    He said the volume of rain that fell across the UK was more than the capacity of Loch Ness, the largest lake in the country by volume, holding 7.4 cubic kilometres of water.

    Mr McCarthy added: “It is exceptional to have 30 to 50mm or more of rain falling so extensively across the UK – from the south coast of England to the north coast of Scotland – in a single day.”

  • Alahna Kindred

    FROST FROST

    Some could be waking up to frost this morning as temperatures have plunged.

    Alex Deakin, Met Office Meteorologist, told The Daily Express: “There will be plenty more opportunities to enjoy the autumn colours over the next few days because most parts of the UK will be dry and bright.

    “I say most parts, there will still be a few showers around on Friday but for many there’ll be some sunny spells as well.

    “A bit of a fresh start to Friday, quite a chilly feel with temperatures way down into the single figures.”

    Temperatures on Friday morning will drop close to freezing bringing a chilly start.

    Mr Deakin said: “By morning time we are well down into single figures even in towns and cities.

    “Rural parts of south Wales, southwest England close to freezing and some sheltered Scottish glens could be as low as -3C to start Friday.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    THURSDAY WEATHER ROUND UP

  • Joseph Gamp

    109,000 BOILER BREAKDOWNS FORECAST AS BRITAIN BRACES FOR EARLY WINTER FREEZE

    British Gas predicts more than 109,000 boiler breakdowns over the next two weeks as Brits reach for the thermostat.

    A ‘Norwegian barrage’ of freezing conditions is set to hit the UK next week, with temperatures in northern and central England, Scotland, Wales and even London set to plummet overnight, according to the latest reports.

    After a relatively mild autumn, temperatures are due to take a dramatic downturn, marking the start of what forecasters are calling an ‘early winter’.

    Data from British Gas reveals that as many people reach for the thermostat for the first time in months, the 2020 ‘Great British boiler switch-on’ is coming.

    And after little to no use since last winter, over the next two weeks 109,000 households are expected to need help with getting their heating and hot water systems back up and running.

  • Joseph Gamp

    MET OFFICE'S FRIDAY '4 CAST'

  • Joseph Gamp

    PICTURED: BEAUTIFUL SUNSET OVER PORTLAND BILL ON THE JURASSIC COAST

  • Joseph Gamp

    'DON'T BE SURPRISED IF YOU WAKE UP TO FROST' ON FRIDAY MORNING

  • Joseph Gamp

    MET OFFICE: FRIDAY MORNING WILL BE 'COLD FOR ALL'

    The Met Office have said tomorrow morning will be cold 'for all'.

    It tweeted: “Friday morning will start on a cold note for all of us, with a patchy rural frost in some northern and western areas.

    “Despite a few showers feeding across the country in the northeasterly breeze, most places will have a dry morning with the best of the sunshine in the west.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    SUPER SOAKER

    The UK's wettest day since records began saw Storm Alex bring enough rain to fill the Loch Ness, new figures reveal.

    Data from the national weather service show Saturday October 3, the day after the storm, was the wettest day since records began in 1891.

    Rainfall was widespread, with an average of 31.7mm falling across the whole of the UK.

    And the downpours beat the previous record of 29.8mm on August 25 1986, the Met Office confirmed.

    Read more here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    METEOGROUP FORECAST FOR FRIDAY: DRY WITH BRIGHT SPELLS BUT CLOUDY

    The Meteogroup have released their weather forecast for Friday.

    A statement from the meteorology agency for Friday morning read: “Any early patches of mist, fog and frost will soon lift and clear. It will then be a fine day as it will be dry with bright spells however there will be more in the way of cloud cover.There is a chance of a few spots of drizzle of light rain during the day which will be largely across eastern areas.”

    Continuing into Friday night, the forecast says: “A generally dry evening with it will be dull with thick cloud cover for most.

    “Overnight will continue to be largely dry but overcast with thick cloud cover and there is a chance of a few spots of drizzle, this more frequent across eastern areas. Northern Ireland will remain dry with clear spells.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    SNOW THIS MONTH

    Freezing air from the Arctic will sweep over the UK in a northwesterly direction at the end of October, bringing snow with it, according to WXCHARTS latest snow depth charts.

    Central Scotland will see a sprinkling of snow settle as temperatures drop to freezing lows of 0C.

    Met Office meteorologist Becky Mitchell predicted northwestern parts of the UK will also see snow falling by the end of October.

    She told Express.co.uk: “The end of the month will be unsettled, wet and windy.

    “North Westerly winds will bring a chance of seeing wintry weather, including snow on higher ground, in Scotland and as far south as the Pennines.”

  • Debbie White

    TAKING A PUNT ON THE WEATHER IN CAMBRIDGE

    People could be seen sheltering under umbrellas while punting on the River Cam in Cambridge on Thursday afternoon as more rain hit the East of England.

    Tonight will be dry for many, with clear spells making it feel more chilly – with a touch of frost in places.

    The east will be cloudier and less cold with the odd shower.

  • Debbie White

    109,000 BOILER BREAKDOWNS FORECAST AS BRITAIN BRACES FOR EARLY WINTER FREEZE

    British Gas predicts more than 109,000 boiler breakdowns over the next two weeks as Brits reach for the thermostat.

    A ‘Norwegian barrage’ of freezing conditions is set to hit the UK next week, with temperatures in northern and central England, Scotland, Wales and even London set to plummet overnight, according to the latest reports.

    After a relatively mild autumn, temperatures are due to take a dramatic downturn, marking the start of what forecasters are calling an ‘early winter’.

    Data from British Gas reveals that as many people reach for the thermostat for the first time in months, the 2020 ‘Great British boiler switch-on’ is coming.

    And after little to no use since last winter, over the next two weeks 109,000 households are expected to need help with getting their heating and hot water systems back up and running.

  • Emily Prescott

    SNOW THIS MONTH

    Freezing air from the Arctic will sweep over the UK in a northwesterly direction at the end of October, bringing snow with it, according to WXCHARTS latest snow depth charts.

    Central Scotland will see a sprinkling of snow settle as temperatures drop to freezing lows of 0C.

    Met Office meteorologist Becky Mitchell predicted northwestern parts of the UK will also see snow falling by the end of October.

    She told Express.co.uk: “The end of the month will be unsettled, wet and windy.

    “North Westerly winds will bring a chance of seeing wintry weather, including snow on higher ground, in Scotland and as far south as the Pennines.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    MET OFFICE: SHOWERS AFFECTING EASTERN ENGLAND THIS AFTERNOON

  • Joseph Gamp

    BRITAIN WILL HAVE ENOUGH RESOURCES TO MEET POWER DEMAND THIS WINTER

    Britain will have enough electricity and gas supply to meet power demand this winter, even after the Brexit transition period ends, National Grid said on Thursday.

    National Grid, which operates the UK power network, expects there to be sufficient generation and capacity through Britain's power links with Europe, called interconnectors, to meet demand throughout winter 2020/21.

    “We expect interconnector flows to be unaffected by the end of the EU transition period … furthermore, even in the highly unlikely event of no interconnector flows between Britain and continental Europe, we have the tools and capabilities to ensure security of supply,” the grid operator said.

    The so-called de-rated margin, or surplus power margin, is forecast at 4.8 gigawatts (GW), much less than the 7.8 GW forecast last winter.

    The lower surplus is due to generation outages and plant closures but still within acceptable standards to ensure the system runs safely and securely.

  • Joseph Gamp

    US: HURRICANE DELTA LEAVES TWO DEAD AND DERAILS TRAIN IN GEORGIA

    Hurricane Delta continues to leave a wave of destruction, with two new storm-related deaths reported and a freight train derailment in Georgia.

    Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards confirmed the first Delta-related death on Sunday, an 86-year-old man from St. Martin Parish who died when a fire was started after he tried to refuel a generator, according to reporter Sam Karlin.

    Read more here.

  • Emily Prescott

    AUTUMNAL SCENES

    Visitors enjoy the autumnal weather at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in Richmond today.

  • Emily Prescott

    A 'PLEASANT' AFTERNOON

    The Met office says there will be sunshine for many of us this afternoon but a few showers will drift westwards.

    Writing on Twitter, they said: “Staying fairly cloudy and grey for parts of northern and eastern Scotland and here it will feel chilly.

    “However, with light winds elsewhere, it will feel pleasant enough in the sunshine.”

  • Emily Prescott

    COLD WEATHER AND COVID

    As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, the country is also facing the resurgence of normal cold weather viruses.

    International SOS medical director, Dr Stuart Scott said it is important to know the different symptoms.

    He said: “Although fever is a key coronavirus symptom, it could be flu or a different infection, but is unlikely to be caused by a cold.

    “The key difference in COVID-19 is that a raised temperature can be remarkably asymptomatic.”

    He added: “A coronavirus cough is often associated with coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing fits or “episodes” in a 24-hour period.”

  • Emily Prescott

    SUNRISE SNAP

    A STUNNING sunrise has been captured by a photographer on the Yorkshire coast this morning.

    The sun can been seen breaking through the clouds as it rises behind Whitby pier.

  • John Hall

    WEEKEND WEATHER

    The weather over the weekend is going to be mixed with drizzle on Saturday and sun on Sunday.

    Saturday will be cloudy for most of the country with a few patches of light rain and drizzle.

    The north-easterly winds will remain gentle.

    On Sunday, there will be plenty of cloud around but most areas will be dry.

    The best of the sunshine will be in Northern Ireland and western parts of England and Wales.

  • John Hall

    BRRRR

    Terry Scholey, Netweather forecaster, said a “nagging” north to north east wind may bring some showers on Thursday.

    Mr Scholey told The Daily Express: “There should be enough of a North to North Easterly breeze and patchy cloud to prevent a frost towards East Anglia and the South East, but elsewhere a ground frost is more likely.

    “There'll also be a touch of air frost again in the coldest spots over Scotland and in the West, with lowest temperatures mostly between -2 and +4C.”

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