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Cold gives way to rain and gales

This week will see a marked change from the recent cold conditions as wet and windy weather sets in from the west.

The cold easterly winds that dominated our weather last week will give way to milder air from the west this week, as a complex and slow-moving area of low pressure drives wetter and windier weather across the UK. Yellow Weather Warnings for wind and rain are already in place for parts of the country on Wednesday and Thursday, with the strongest winds expected across both western and exposed northeastern parts.

Monday night will be the last frosty night in the recent cold spell, where temperatures overnight fell to almost -7 Celsius in South Newington, Oxfordshire, on November 22nd.  In contrast, later this week mild air moving in from the Atlantic mean temperatures overnight will be around 6 to 10 Celsius, for many parts of the country.

Following a band of heavy rain and squally winds for much of the country on Tuesday, a very unsettled spell of weather is then expected from Wednesday. This is associated with a low-pressure system named Storm Diana by IPMA (the official Portuguese Meteorological Authority) due to its expected significant impacts on the Azores on Tuesday.  Several Yellow Weather Warnings are in place for the UK on Wednesday.

Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Dan Harris said: “Wet and windy weather will sweep across the UK during Wednesday; with the strongest winds expected along coastal areas in the west, Northern Ireland, and the far northeast of Scotland, where gusts of 60-70 mph, locally 75 mph are likely. These winds will also bring rough seas and some large waves, potentially causing coastal impacts too.”

As well as warnings for wind, the Met Office has issued a Yellow rain warning for northeast Scotland on Wednesday, where localised flooding is possible due to heavy and persistent rain in combination with melting snow. Further rain warnings are being considered for other areas in the west.

Deputy Chief Meteorologist Dan Harris continued: “The unsettled picture is expected to continue through Thursday across much of the UK, but there is the potential for a narrow swathe of very strong winds to affect some parts of England and Wales early in the day. Due to uncertainties in the forecast regarding the focus of the strongest winds, we encourage you to keep in touch with Met Office forecasts and warnings over the next few days so you can be prepared for the weather as it changes.”

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