Weather forecast today UK– Met Office latest on fears massive 'Beast from the East' snow storm will hit UK at Christmas

THE Met Office has responded to fears a massive 'Beast from the East' snowstorm will hit the UK over Christmas.

A spokesperson from the Met Office said: "The weather this week is turning wetter and milder, with low pressure bringing spells of strong winds, heavy rain and slightly above average temperatures."

So rather than a cold blast ravaging the country, this Christmas is currently forecast to be slightly warmer than average.

The news comes as the Met Office put two weather warnings in place today for rain as heavy showers are set to batter Britain.

The miserable weather has been triggered by a brutal Polar blast that's swept the country, bringing strong gales which sent temperatures plunging.

Follow our weather live blog for all the latest news and updates fom around the country…

  • Christy Cooney

    IN PICTURES – A SWAN SWIMS AS THE SUN SETS LAST NIGHT AT VIRGINIA WATER IN SURREY

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  • Abe Hawken

    TOMORROW'S FORECAST

    The Met Office added: "Sunny spells and showers, the showers mostly in the north and west.

    "Turning cloudy and windy in the west with rain arriving later. Remaining mild."

  • Abe Hawken

    TONIGHT'S FORECAST

    The Met Office added: "Rain clearing eastern areas then dry here with clear spells.

    "Further showers or longer spells of rain affecting western and northwestern parts. Winds steadily easing."

  • Abe Hawken

    TODAY'S FORECAST

    The Met Office said: "A band of rain in the west, heavy at times, moving slowly eastwards across all parts. 

    "Brighter skies following to western areas but with occasional showers. Windy, with gales in the west and then later the northeast. Mild."

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    WEATHER WARNINGS IN PLACE

    The Met Office has two weather warnings in place today.

    Both of the warnings, for rain, are for the south.

    One warning covers southern Wales while the other stretches across the southwest of England.

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    MIDNIGHT TEMPERATURE MAP

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    NO WEATHER WARNINGS TODAY

    There are currently no weather warnings in place today.

    But the Met Office has the warnings in place for the rest of the week.

    Warnings tomorrow are in place for rain in the south of England.

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    WHEN WAS THE LAST WHITE CHRISTMAS IN THE UK?

    Technically, 2017 was the last white Christmas in the UK, but no snow settled on the ground. This also happened in 2016 and 2015.

    The last "proper" white Christmas was in 2010, when the highest ever recorded amount of weather stations reported snow settling – 83%!

    Another 19% of weather stations reported sleet, so it truly was a miracle for almost all of the nation.

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    WILL THERE BE A WHITE CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR?

    There is a more than 50 per cent chance of snowfall on thebig day this year.

    However, the Met Office can only give an accurate forecast of snowfall on Christmas day up to five days beforehand.

    The office said: "A snowflake has fallen somewhere in the UK on Christmas Day 38 times in the last 54 years, so we can probably expect more than half of all Christmas Days to be a 'white Christmas'.

    "However, there has only been a widespread covering of snow on the ground (where more than 40% of stations in the UK reported snow on the ground at 9 am) four times in the last 51 years."

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    TOMORROW'S FORECAST

    Here's the UK forecast for tomorrow according to the Met Office.

    Their website says: "Rain in the west, heavy at times, moving eastwards. Brighter weather with showers following to western parts.

    "Windy, with gales in the west, severe along coasts at first."

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    SUNSET OVER MORECAMBE THIS EVENING

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  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    TONIGHT'S FORECAST: NORTHWEST ENGLAND

    Here is tonight's forecast for the northwest of England.

    The Met office says: "Showers from the afternoon will slowly dissipate this evening to become light and isolated.

    "Patchy cloud will thicken through the early hours with winds strengthening ahead of rain arriving

    "Wednesday morning. Minimum temperature 4 °C."

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    TONIGHT'S FORECAST: LONDON & THE SOUTHEAST

    Here's the forecast for the southeast of England and London tonight.

    The Met Office says: "A dry and generally chilly evening with widespread clear spells and light winds.

    "Turning breezier through the early hours with cloud developing from the west. Cloudy across all parts by dawn, but staying dry, with winds strongest on the coast.

    "Minimum temperature 4 °C."

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    WEATHER WARNING FROM MIDNIGHT

    A weather warning is in place from midnight, with gales or severe gales likely in western parts of the UK.

    The Met Office said it is likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and large waves.

    Delays on roads, rail, air and ferry routes are expected.

    Strong winds are expected in western parts of the UKCredit: Met Office
  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    TONIGHT'S FORECAST: SCOTLAND

    Here's The Met Office forecast for this evening and tonight in Scotland.

    The Office's website says: "Showers becoming isolated this evening with some good clear spells for a time.

    "Clouding over in the early hours with rain spreading from the southwest later.

    "Southeasterly gales developing along the Solway. Minimum temperature 4 °C."

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    TONIGHT'S FORECAST: WALES

    Here's the forecast tonight for Wales.

    The Met Office says: "Showers to fade this evening with brief clear spells developing.

    "During the early hours, a band of heavy rain is to arrive in the west, covering Wales by dawn.

    "Strengthening winds with a risk of severe coastal gales. Minimum temperature 4 °C."

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    TONIGHT'S FORECAST: NORTHERN IRELAND

    Here is the forecast for Northern Ireland tonight.

    The Met Office says: "Some early clear spells but clouding over through the evening.

    "Some patchy rain developing, this becoming heavier and more persistent later tonight with strengthening southeasterly winds, and gales along the east coast.

    "Minimum temperature 4 °C."

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    TEMPERATURE MAP: 6PM

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    TONIGHT'S FORECAST

    Here is the forecast for this evening and tonight according to the Met Office: “Showers mostly dying out leaving clear spells for a time and perhaps the odd spot of frost in the far north.

    “Heavy rain and gales developing in western parts later on.”

  • Christy Cooney

    IN PICTURES – A CAR DRIVES ON A FLOODED ROAD IN DANBURY, ESSEX

  • Christy Cooney

    THREE FLOOD WARNINGS IN SW WALES

    Three flood warnings have been issued on the southwestern coast of Wales.

    One in the village of Dale and another for the Carmarthen Bay Holiday Park in Kidwelly are in place for tomorrow morning's tide.

    The third was issued for the River Ritec at the town of Tenby following heavy rain.

    A total of 17 less serious flood alerts are also in place across Wales.

    Full details on the Natural Resources Wales website.

  • Christy Cooney

    EIGHT FLOOD WARNINGS ISSUED ON SOUTHERN COAST

    Eight flood warnings have been issued on England's southern coast.

    In Cornwall, warnings are in place at Mounts Bay, Truro, and along the coast between Lizard Point and Wembury Bay.

    In Devon, warnings are in place at the Kingsbridge and Avon estuaries, in low-lying areas of the Dart Estuary, and on the coast between Exmouth and Seaton.

    Earlier warnings for an area east of Peterborough and at Hornsea on the North Sea coast remain in place.

    Full details on the Environment Agency's website.

  • Christy Cooney

    'POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS' WINDS HIT AUSTRALIA

    Winds of up to 65mph are currently lashing the eastern coast of Australia, with forecasters warning that conditions are "potentially dangerous".

    The weather system has brought heavy rains and large tidal swells to the states of Queensland and New South Wales.

    A warning issued yesterday covers a total of 621 miles of the country's coastline.

    Speaking to ABC, Queensland emergency services minister Mark Ryan said that, while the system was not a cyclone, "many of the impacts from this weather event will be similar to a category 1 cyclone".

  • Catriona Graffius

    STRONG GUSTS BATTER DORSET COASTLINE AS FLOOD ALERTS ISSUED ACROSS BRITAIN

    A man braves stormy weather at West Bay Dorset as he surveys the beach, holding a GPS stick.

    More than 50 flood alerts are currently in place across the UK.

    The Environment Agency said the alerts had been put in place following heavy rains and amid high tides affecting coastal regions.

    Alerts are in place along the southern, eastern, and northwestern coasts as well as in London, the Midlands, and along the Welsh border.

    Credit: Alamy Live News

     

  • Catriona Graffius

    BRITS could be in for a white Christmas as temperatures are set to plummet to -7C on the big day.

    The Met Office is predicting that between December 16 and 25, there will be a mixture of showers and bright spells across the country. 

    The "ice bomb" is set to come after the end of this week sees milder conditions.

    With snowy conditions expected to start in higher regions, there is still a chance snow will settle on lower ground too. 

    Weather reports are predicting that the west of Scotland could see 4cm of snow on December 25, with a cold front arriving on Thursday next week, bringing in minus 2C temperatures.    

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