UK weather forecast LIVE – Snow and Arctic plunge could return NEXT WEEK as another round of Beast from the East hits

THE dreaded 'Beast from the East' could return to the country next week bringing plunging temperatures and widespread snow.

The Met Office issued snow and ice warnings for much of the country today as a brutal front moved in to batter Britain with sub-zero weather.

And it could be a similar story next week, with another Beast from the East type front moving in over the weekend.

Further wintry weather is forecast to arrive on Saturday, which “could bring heavy rain and also some significant snow particularly for central parts of England”, according to the Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill.

It's possible temperatures will plunge further next week, Burkill added, saying there is “very much a possibility” of a Beast from the East 2 in the “middle of next week”.

Follow our weather live blog below for all the latest news and updates from around the country

  • Chris Bradford

    BLIZZARD CONDITIONS FROM NEXT WEEK AS BEAST FROM EAST SET TO HIT

    Britain is set for more heavy snow and blizzards next week as a new Beast from the East is due to hit in the coming days.

    Freezing conditions similar to those which caused the phenomenon in 2018 are forming, with experts warning we could be battered once more.

    Meteorologists have confirmed a sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) event is happening over the Arctic, which is what happened before the Beast from the East three years ago.

    When this happens the warming can affect the jet stream which regulates much of the weather in the UK.

    It if it heavily disrupted, or even reversed, it means Brits could be hit with the same chilly conditions currently north of Scandinavia.

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    IN PICTURES: BIRD PASSES SCARBOROUGH PIER LIGHTHOUSE DURING SUNRISE

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    TONIGHT'S FORECAST

    Tonight will see a mild and damp night in the south west of England but it will be bitterly cold in the north east.

    Areas across southwestern England and Wales will be cloudy and mild with the occasional downpour.

    Wet conditions will reach Northern Ireland overnight and persistent downpours are likely.

    Brits will see a clear night in the north east of England but there will be a sharp frost.

    There is a chance of wintry showers in the north-east of Scotland towards Shetland.

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    COUPLE TRAVEL 60 MILES AND GET LOST ON MOUNTAIN SPOT

    Cops have issued a warning after a couple travelled 60 miles to a beauty spot before getting lost on a mountain.

    The couple had travelled from Rochdale, Greater Manchester, to Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales on Sunday, but arrived ill-equipped.

    They got into difficultly at the top of the peak and lost their way due to low lying fog, ice and snow.

    The worried walkers asked for help as they couldn't find the paths due to the failing light and wintry conditions.

    Superintendent Mike Walker, of North Yorkshire Police, said: "This couple were incredibly fortunate to have come through this experience without injury and be able to tell the tale."

     

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    FARM ROOF COLLAPSES ON 400 SHEEP UNDER WEIGHT OF SNOW AS STORM FILOMENA HITS SPAIN

    A farm roof has collapsed on 400 sheep due to the weight of snow caused by Storm Filomena, killing over 100 animals.

    The incident took place at a farm in Villaseca de la Sagra in the province of Toledo, Castile-La Mancha.

    The unnamed farmer said that over 100 sheep were killed when the roof collapsed due to the weight of snow after Storm Filomena battered the Spanish region.

    He added that most of the surviving sheep are still trapped under debris in difficult-to-reach places.

    The farmer has asked for help to get the survivors of his 400-sheep herd out alive.

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    THIS WINTER ODDS-ON TO BE COLDEST ON RECORD

    Leading bookmaker Coral makes it odds-on at 4/9 for this winter to be the coldest on record in the UK as temperatures drop further across the country.

    The firm go 1/2 for this month to be the coldest January since records began.

    “With the threat of another Beast from the East, and temperatures predicted to drop to as low as -10C, we are odds-on for this to finish as the coldest winter on record,” said Coral’s John Hill.

    “There is no sign of things heating up any time soon so we are also odds-on for this month to end as the coldest January since records began,” added Hill.

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    IN PICTURES: MAN EXERCISES ON BENCH IN SEFTON PARK, LIVERPOOL

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    PREPARE A WINTER KIT FOR YOUR CAR

    With temperatures set to plummet, it’s worth packing a car winter kit just in case you get stranded.

    The RAC have offered advice on what you should put in your kit.

    • A large torch will come in handy as your phone light won’t give you much visibility when you’re stuck by a country road.
    • In-car phone charger so you can get your battery topped up.
    • Warm clothes
    • Jump leads for flat batteries
    • Food and drink – hot drinks in flask are a good idea.
    • Warning triangle – used to warn other motorists when you have broken down.

    STAYING SAFE IN A STORM

    Torrential downpours are expected across most of Northern Ireland on Wednesday as the Met Office have issued a weather warning for heavy rain.

    Here's how you can stay safe during a storm:

    • Secure loose objects such as ladders, garden furniture or anything that can be blown into windows.
    • Close and securely fasten windows and doors.
    • Park vehicles in a garage or keep them clear of fences, buildings, trees and walls.
    • Close and secure lofts and trapdoors.
    • If your home is fastened with storm shutters, then make sure these are closed and secured.

     

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      ‘IMPRESSIVE’ NORTHERN LIGHTS DISPLAY IN HEBRIDES

      Locals were treated to a stunning Northern Lights display in the starry night sky in the Hebrides, Scotland.

      Photographer Carla Regler said: “Last night was quite unexpected and there was an impressive display on the Isle of South Uist, and other places across the Western Isles.

      “We were delighted – we don’t always get it this strong on South Uist.”

      “With virtually no light pollution, the night skies over the Hebrides are one of the best places in Britain to catch the Northern Lights – once Covid travel restrictions are over, of course.”

      The Northern Lights are most common in winter although you can catch them as early as September and as late as April.

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      WHAT IS SUDDEN STRATOSPHERIC WARMING?

      Meteorologists have confirmed a sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) event is happening over the Arctic, which is what happened before the Beast from the East three years ago.

      The weather event happens when the temperature in the stratosphere soars by 50C.

      This reverses Britain’s wind pattern – bringing in freezing blasts from Siberia, Russia.

      Winds from Siberia push in from the east, causing the mercury to plummet – with even daytime temperatures struggling to rise above zero.

      It generally takes two weeks to see the effects of a “sudden stratosphere warning” (SSW) which causes the Beast from the East.

      These “SSWs” cover a larger area and can move south to Canada, the USA and Europe, increasing the risk of air temperatures decreasing to potentially dangerous levels.

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      IN PICTURES: AMAZING SHOT OF BEN NEVIS DURING FROSTY NIGHT AT FORT WILLIAM, SCOTLAND

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      WEATHER WARNING ISSUED IN NORTHERN IRELAND

      The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain over Northern Ireland.

      The warning will come into force at 3am and will remain in place until 9am on Thursday (January 14).

      Downpours are expected move across the region early on Wednesday, persisting for most of the day.

      Between 20-25mm is expected but some parts could see 40-60mm, in particular northern parts of Antrim.

      There is a risk of transport disruption and a slight chance of power cuts.

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      WEDNESDAY'S FORECAST

       

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      FIVE FLOOD ALERTS IN WALES

      Five flood alerts are currently in place in central and northern Wales.

      It comes amid concern over high river levels following heavy rains.

      The alerts applied to the River Wye and the Upper Seven at Powys, the Vyrnwy catchment, Rosset, and the Alyn catchment.

      Full details on the Natural Resources Wales website.

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      SPAIN STRUGGLING TO RETURN TO NORMALITY DAYS AFTER RECORD SNOWFALL

      Much of Spain is struggling to return to normality three days after a 30-hour-long record snowfall that was then hardened by record-low temperatures as roads turned into dangerous ice sheets.

      Ruben del Campo, of weather agency AEMET, said Monday night had been the coldest night since 2001.

      The town of Bello, in the northeastern Teruel province, registered a temperature of -25.6C while thermometers plummeted in Madrid to -16C overnight.

      Storm Filomena left up to half a meter (20 inches) of snow across large swaths of Spain starting Friday morning.

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      IN PICTURES: THE SUN RISES BEHIND SCARBOROUGH CASTLE, NORTH YORKSHIRE

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      HOW TO KEEP WARM DURING WINTER?

      It’s vitally important that we keep warm over winter as it can prevent colds, flus, and more serious health problems including strokes, heart attacks and pneumonia.

      Here are a few top tips on how Brits can stay warm:

      • Heat your home to at least 18C
      • Keep your bedroom window closed on winter nights
      • Keep active when your indoors – try not to sit still for more than an hour.
      • Wear several layers of light clothes – several layers will trap warm air better rather than one bulky layer.
      • Check your heating and cooking appliances are safe

      YELLOW WARNING FOR SNOW

      The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for heavy snow across Scotland and northern England.

      The warning will come into force at 8am on Wednesday and will remain in place until 9pm on Thursday.

      An area of rain pushing north-eastwards is expected to turn snow in places as it meets colder air across Scotland and parts of northern England.

      Ice is likely first but snow will become more likely on Wednesday.

      Heavier snowfall is likely above 100m in Scotland and 200m in England, where 5-10cm may accumulate.

      IN PICTURES: SWIMMERS AT TYNEMOUTH BEACH, NORTH EAST ENGLAND

      COPS IN NORTH OF ENGLAND BAN SLEDGING DURING SNOWFALL

      Police in northern England banned sledging after people from neighbouring areas broke Covid rules by piling into a town to enjoy the snow.  

      Officers in Whitby, North Yorkshire, said the “public should not attend” a nearby moorland after reports of crowds making the most of the snowfall. 

      Read more here.

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        'WORST DAY TO DRIVE'

        Motorists may want to stay at home next Monday as January 18 has been identified as the worst day of the year for car accidents.

        January 18th sees 33 per cent more accidents than an average day and four times as many as the safest day of the year,according to research from insurance giant Admiral.

        Christmas Day is the safest day, not surprisingly as everyone is at home, but all ten of the most risky days are spread around an eight week period from the end of November.

        Lorna Connelly, Head of Claims at Admiral, said: "The changing weather and road conditions commonly found during the winter months can bring some of the most difficult situations for motorists to try and navigate, and this undoubtedly plays a part on the number of accidents we see taking place on the roads at this time of year.

        "Snow, ice, strong winds, flooding, frost, fog and heavy rain are common in January. Bad weather creates poor road conditions which can limit visibility and make the road surface slippery, so it's incredibly important all drivers are well prepared for any trip they make in the winter months."

        Figures are based from insurance claims from the past eight years.

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        SNOWFALL FORECAST FOR PARTS OF NORTHERN ENGLAND AS TEMPERATURES SET TO PLUNGE

        Snow is likely to fall across many parts of northern England on Thursday as the Beast from the East is set to batter Britain next week.

        Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said that freezing rain could turn to snow over parts of Scotland and north-east England from Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

        "Through Thursday itself there'll be further rain across the bulk of the UK and this could bring some fairly significant snow a bit further southwards through Thursday," he said.

        "By Thursday afternoon we could be looking at the risk of snow across many parts of northern England and into the Midlands and perhaps a little bit further east as well."

        Between 15-20cm of snow could fall in northern England by the end of play on Thursday over the highest routes.

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        IS YOUR BOILER UP TO TASK?

        With up to 5cm of snow forecast for some areas of Scotland, many will be wanting to make sure whether their boiler can cope in the days ahead, especially as we're at home in lockdown.

        Richard McLaren, of the National Energy Company, Fife, shares the top five signs that your boiler might be close to breakdown.

        • Strange noises – boilers tend to emit a low background noise but if your boiler starts knocking, banging or whistling, it's a sign that something is wrong.
        • Increasingly poor performance – your boiler may take a long time to turn on, heat up, or may not turn on at all.
        • Water leaks – if there's a puddle or extra moisture, it could mean that a more serious leak is imminent. A leak could lead to property damage or boiler corrosion.
        • Unpleasant smells – common smells that can be produced by a malfunctioning boiler include burnt metal or plastic, with these caused by overheating. But, a foul, sulphuric smell could point to a gas leak and should be reported immediately to a plumber.
        • Higher energy costs – a sudden spike in your energy bills might mean your boiler is inefficient.

         

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