BRITS are being warned of a chilly start to the weekend, with parts of the UK set to feel FREEZING temperatures and heavy rain in the wake of Storm Barra.
The Met Office tweeted: “Once rain clears overnight, temperatures will drop to around #freezing across Scotland
This brings the risk of #icy stretches forming on wet untreated surfaces.
Drizzle and fog this evening
The Met Office have said there are likely to be a few showers that are locally heavy, but will be cleared to the east.
Then a patchy drizzle and hill fog is next.
The temperature will increase through the night for many locations.
The coast is windy, cool and breezy in the interior. Minimum temperature 8 degC.
Today’s forecast for the weather
Dry cool, sunny, and warm start however, rain showers will arrive in the western regions by late morning, and will then spread to the eastward across the rest of the areas in the afternoon, before getting heavier locally.
The wind is getting more brisk inland and on the coast. Highest temperatures Hampshire.
Maximum temperature 11 degC.
Warnings for windy days
The Met Office has issued yellow warnings about wind for the northwest region of the UK.
The warning was issued in anticipation of winds that could be a threat late Sunday night and through Monday.
80-85mph gusts could be possible in areas like the Western Isles, the far north of Scotland and the Northern Isles and there is an opportunity for gusts of more than 90mph in certain locations.
The winds are linked to an incoming low pressure system that is expected to form towards southwest of UK and is set to affect the northwest region in the UK.
Long range of weather forecasts for Christmas
The Met Office have said that Christmas Day will be a settled affair this year, but cold weather are expected to remain.
They stated “Remaining generally unstable initially, with the the wettest and most windy conditions likely to move further north, with dryer and brighter weather patterns emerging in the southeast and the south at times.
“Temperatures are likely to be a little drier than at the beginning of the month and temperatures close to the normal range, though colder weather is still possible.
“It is likely to become more settled around Christmas and towards New Year with increased chance of overnight frost and fog during clearer spells.”
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Weather forecast for 14th December to 23rd December
Generally unsettled throughout the period, with cloud and outbreaks of rain clearing eastwards at first.
Perhaps some frost in the north, but then rain and strong winds likely following from the west.
Looking to be drier for many central and eastern locations, with some potentially heavy rain arriving to northern and western areas at times, accompanied by a risk of gales.
The best chance of drier and brighter conditions in the east. Temperatures are looking to be rather mild throughout.
Towards the end of the period, settled conditions may develop, however the north and west perhaps experiencing some longer spells of rain.
Temperatures likely remaining rather mild, though a risk of frost is possible during some colder interludes.
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Long range forecast to early January
Heading into the Christmas period, settled conditions are likely.
Temperatures perhaps close to or slightly above average for this time of year, however some colder interludes may bring a risk of frost at times.
The last week of December and into early January is looking to remain settled, with an increasing chance of frost and fog during clearer spells for Christmas and towards New Year.