UK Christmas weather: Britain to be hit with gale force 80mph winds and heavy rain

It's beginning to look a lot like an unsettled Christmas 

It looks set to be increasingly stormy during the festive period, with forecasters issuing severe weather warnings across some parts of the UK and predicting gale force winds of up to 80mph.

Sadly for some, it seems Britain will continue to be denied a white Christmas because of this unsettled weather, except for in northern, hilly areas of Scotland which could see up to 20cm of snow.

The Met Office said it is too soon to predict exact weather conditions on Christmas Day but are "confident" the UK can expect "unsettled weather" on the 24, 25 and 26 December.

Yellow warnings of have now been issued across central Scotland, Tayside and Fife, with residents there being warned to expect snow in higher ground and blizzard conditions on Friday.

Tomorrow, more exposed locations in western Scotland can even expect to see winds of a maximum 90mph.

"Severe storm-like weather conditions" are being forecast across south and west Wales and southwest England, followed by heavy rain on Friday.

Meanwhile, yellow weather warnings of wind between 50-60mph are in place for the south west of England and will remain until10pm tonight.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said areas north of Scotland can expect the worst of the weather and people there are being asked to stay aware of potentially "a lot of wind, a lot of rain and a lot of snow'.

Yellow warnings have been issued in north west England as heavy rain and strong gale force winds are expected to hit from Friday afternoon until the early hours of Saturday morning. The public are being instructed to be aware of the "potential for disruption from flooding".

Stormy seas at Porthcawl: The Met Office said that winds of up to 80mph are predicted in some areas. Stormy seas at Porthcawl: The Met Office said that winds of up to 80mph are predicted in some areas. (PA) A spokesperson for the Met Office said: "Across the whole of the UK overnight there could be very high winds particularly in north west Scotland, with severe gale force strength gusts of wind up to 80mph. Then bands of rain will clear east across the country. Showers are expected to follow and will become increasingly wintery with snow in the north of Scotland.

"Further south into England, we could see some wintery showers over very high ground but hail is more likely. In the afternoon, a more organised band of rain will appear crossing from the west of the country to the east.

"The heaviest band of rain could possibly fall as snow across Bristol from late in the afternoon to early evening. It will be unlikely that it will settle because it won’t be cold enough."

Suggested Topics
News
peopleFrankie Boyle responds to referendum result in characteristically offensive style
Arts and Entertainment
Highs and lows of the cast's careers since 2004
News
news
New Articles
i100... with this review
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Cover Supervisor

£75 - £90 per day + negotiable: Randstad Education Group: Are you a cover supe...

Marketing Manager - Leicestershire - £35,000

£30000 - £35000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager (CIM, B2B, MS Offi...

Marketing Executive (B2B and B2C) - Rugby, Warwickshire

£22000 - £25000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A highly successful organisation wit...

SEN Coordinator + Teacher (SENCO)

£1 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Job Purpose To work closely with the he...

Day In a Page

Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam