The UK is facing a week of turbulent weather, including gale force winds and snow, which is likely to subside in time for the Easter weekend.
The torrential rain and gale-force winds which blighted the country over the weekend are set to continue late into the week. Winds as strong as 50 to 60mph are likely to be widespread, with this figure rising to 60 to 70mph in north western parts of England and the Bristol Channel.
The Met Office has put out a yellow severe weather warning over the vast majority of England, Wales and Northern Ireland today, with a yellow warning for ice over northern and eastern parts of Scotland.
Met Office forecaster Charles Powell told the Press Association that a band of heavy rain will sweep through the West today, with parts of Wales and Cumbria bearing the brunt.
"It will hit southern areas in the mid afternoon. We will see winds picking up again with gales quite widespread across much of the UK," he said.
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Two seafront walkers dodge an icy wave at Saltcoats Harbour in Saltcoats, Scotland on December 27, 2013. A yellow 'be aware' warning has been issued for many parts of Scotland as the country is affected by gale force winds and heavy rain
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A woman wraps up warm to fight the cold in London in 2013. A mixture of hail, snow, sleet and heavy showers is expected in Scotland and northwest England, the West Midlands and Northern Ireland
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A motorcyclist tries to right his bike on the slippery road surface in London in 2004. The emergency services are advising motorists to be vigilant
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A man is bombarded by sleet and hail on the Brighton seafront in 2013. The south of England is however expected to escape the brunt of the incoming bad weather
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A woman wraps up against the wind and a blizzard of sea foam whipped up by the wind near Trearddur Bay in Anglesey, 2013. This year it is to be areas in south west of Wales that will see more “wintry” weather
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Snow covers trees in the Parade Gardens in Bath last year. Heavy snow may bring widespread disruption to many parts of the UK
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Snow and ice make getting around by vehicle difficult in the Yorkshire Dales in 2012. The tops of the moors will see more “wintry” weather on Monday night
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Met Office Dan Williams spokesman later told The Independent: "It’s going to be pretty windy tonight into tomorrow. We have a yellow weather warning out - that’s the lowest level of warning. We are expecting winds in the region of 50-60mph fairly widely with some spots up to 60-70 most likely in Bristol Channel and north western parts of England."
Addressing reports that an Atlantic storm will hit the UK in the next few days, Mr Williams explained: “We would call it a low pressure system. There is no scientific definition for what an Atlantic Storm is, but the wind is not really powerful enough to be called an Atlantic storm."
He added, however, that the strong winds could cause some “localised impacts”, including downed branches, loose debris, and the “odd tree” coming down.
Mr Williams said that in the areas of Scotland affected by the ice warning, rain will fall and temperatures will drop to around or below 0C overnight tonight, which will potentially cause some ice on the roads and the risk of snow showers falling as snow over higher roads and passes.
The strong winds and showers will continue in the middle of the week before calming down on Friday.
It is still too early to predict how the Easter weekend will pan out, as there is a lot of uncertainty, he said, but added that pressure building in the week will create more settled conditions which will create quieter, more "benign" weather.
"We would also expect that at the moment to be a fair bit of cloud around," he said adding the weather as yet looks mixed "but generally improving."Reuse content