Unsettled wintry week for the UK

Coastline battered by storm

12 December 2011 - One of the stormiest periods the UK has seen for several years is set to continue this week with heavy rain, strong winds and snow for parts of the country.

The end of the week in particular could see some very stormy conditions across England and Wales. The Met Office is keeping a close eye on this developing situation to keep everyone up-to-date with the latest information.

This week has already seen some heavy rain and winds gusting up to 70mph in the south of England. Further strong winds are expected today in northern England, southern Scotland and Northern Ireland, with gusts up to 80mph possible on exposed parts of the coast and 50-60mph further inland.

Snow is expected in northern areas today and tomorrow, although there is the risk that any part of the UK could see some snow flurries.

Tomorrow looks bright and breezy for most places, but early indications are that there is a potential for another storm system to affect parts of England and Wales later on Thursday and into Friday.

Stormy weather for the UK - 12/12/2011
Chief Forecaster Tim Hewson explains how the end of the week in particular could see some very stormy conditions across England and Wales, and the Met Office is keeping a close eye on this developing situation.
 

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Tim Hewson, Chief Forecaster at the Met Office, said: "There is some uncertainty in the forecast for later in the week, but there is potential for a storm which may bring strong winds and heavy rain to parts of the UK, and possibly colder air to more northern areas - which could continue the risk of snow, particularly for higher ground, in the north.

"We are keeping a close eye on the situation and are working closely with government agencies to keep them informed of the latest information. Our forecasts and weather warnings are updated regularly 24 hours a day, so we advise everyone to regularly check these to stay up-to-date with the situation."

Contact information

Met Office Press Office: +44 (0)1392 886655

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If you're outside the UK: +44 1392 885680

Last updated: 28 December 2011