Weather forecast today UK – TORRENTIAL rain sparks 57 flood alerts as brutal Polar blast sends temperatures plunging

TORRENTIAL rain has sparked 57 flood alerts and two flood warnings across the country.

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

The alerts come as the Met Office has said it "can't rule out" a white Christmas.

But there is some hope, as forecaster Becky Mitchell said although snow on Christmas day "doesn't look like it will be widespread we can't rule out a few places seeing some flakes of snow around Christmas."

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

  • 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.    

  • Christy Cooney

    FLOOD ALERT ACROSS ABERDEENSHIRE

    A flood alert is in place across Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency has said.

    The agency said resident could see localised disruption from coastal flooding after high tides overnight.

    A more serious flood warning has also been issued in central Stonehaven, with coastal flooding expected to affect low lying areas in particular.

    Full details on the SEPA website.

  • Christy Cooney

    RAIN AND GALES ON WEDNESDAY

    The UK is set to see rain and windy conditions this week, forecasters have said.

    The Met Office's forecast for Wednesday reads: "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."

  • Christy Cooney

    IN PICTURES – A DOUBLE RAINBOW THIS MORNING OVER FARNHAM, SURREY

  • Christy Cooney

    TWO FLOOD WARNINGS IN FORCE

    Two floods warnings are currently in place across the UK.

    It comes with more than 50 alerts also in place amid heavy rains and high tides.

    One warning is in place on North Bank Road, alongside the River Nene, east of Peterborough city centre.

    The second is in place near the sea front in the town of Hornsea on the North Sea coast.

    Full details on the Environment Agency’s website.

  • Christy Cooney

    MORE THAN 50 FLOOD ALERTS IN PLACE

    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.

    More serious flood warnings are also in place near Peterborough and on the North Sea coast at Hornsea.

    Full details on the Environment Agency's website.

  • Christy Cooney

    WEATHER CAUSES 20 PERCENT DROP IN FARMING PROFIT

    Poor weather conditions and smaller yields pushed the profitability of UK agriculture down by 20 percent this year, Defra has said.

    The agency forecasts that the sector will make £4.2bn profit in the 2020 calendar year, down from £5.3bn in 2019.

    “The value of crop output is estimated to have decreased to £8.7bn [a 13 percent fall], largely driven by lower production affected by the weather, reduced crop areas and yields, plus pests and disease,” it said.

    Data shows that this year's winter wheat yield will also be 20 percent down on last year, Farmers Weekly reports.

  • Christy Cooney

    MILD TEMPERATURES THROUGHOUT THE DAY

    Temperatures across the UK are to remain mild for December throughout the day.

    A temperature map from the Met Office for 3pm this afternoon shows high of 11C across the southern coast.

    Elsewhere in the south will see temperatures of 9C and 10C, while the Midlands will see them remain around 8C.

    Temperatures across the north and Scotland will remain lower, topping out are 8C and dipping as low as 6C.

  • Christy Cooney

    'BRIGHT BUT SHOWERY DAY'

    The UK has a bright but showery day ahead, forecasters say.

    The Met Office's forecast for the day says the day will see "a mixture of sunny spells and blustery showers".

    It adds that the showers will "mostly [affect] southern and western areas where some will be heavy, especially near coasts".

    It also said the day would be breezy but mild for December.

  • Patrick Joseph DUGGAN

    ODDS SLASHED

    Bookies Coral are offering odds of just 1-2 for snow in any major city in the UK on Christmas Day, with Edinburgh at 3-1, London at 5-1 and Manchester at 4-1.

    Spokesman John Hill said: "The prospect of a white Christmas is increasing all the time.

    "The question now may not be if snow will fall, but how much there will be on the big day."

  • Patrick Joseph DUGGAN

    WHITE CHRISTMAS?

    BRITAIN could be set for a white Christmas as December is set to the COLDEST on record.

    Parts of the UK have already seen snow earlier this month amid below-zero temperatures,

    But there are hopes more snow could arrive on December 25.

  • Patrick Joseph DUGGAN

    SUNSHINE AND SHOWERS

    The Met Office’s weather forecast for Tuesday is: “Sunshine and showers for the west and south.

    “The east seeing the driest conditions. Staying windy.

    “Showers easing overnight then further rain and stronger winds arriving in the west later.”

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    TODAY'S FORECAST

    Here is today's forecast according to the Met Office: "Sunshine and showers for the west and south. The east seeing the driest conditions.

    "Staying windy. Showers easing overnight then further rain and stronger winds arriving in the west later."

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    TEMPERATURE MAP: 9AM TUESDAY

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    BOOKIES UPPING THE ANTE ON WHITE XMAS

    Bookies Coral are offering odds of just 1-2 for snow in any major city in the UK on Christmas Day, with Edinburgh at 3-1, London at 5-1 and Manchester at 4-1.

    Spokesman John Hill said: "The prospect of a white Christmas is increasing all the time.

    "The question now may not be if snow will fall, but how much there will be on the big day."

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    UK WEATHER MAP: 10PM

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    MORE SHOWERS TOMORROW

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    SNOW, GALES & -7C ON XMAS DAY

    Brits are could be in for a white Christmas with temperatures plummeting 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, as well as strong winds.

    Temperatures are set to fall as low as -7C on Christmas in central Scotland, with Fort William predicted to be -3C and Aberdeen -2C.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    SUNSHINE AND HEAVY SHOWERS ON TUESDAY

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    WEATHER FORECAST FOR TUESDAY

    The Met Office's weather forecast for Tuesday says: "Sunshine and showers for the west and south.

    "The east seeing the driest conditions. Staying windy.

    "Showers easing overnight then further rain and stronger winds arriving in the west later."

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    2,000 MILE-WIDE NORTH POLE PLUNGE HEADING OUR WAY

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    'TOO EARLY' TO KNOW IF WHITE CHRISTMAS ON THE CARDS

    Forecaster Becky Mitchell cautioned: "It's too early to say for sure for Christmas Day but at the moment there is a trend towards colder conditions."

    The last white Christmas in 2015 saw only a handful of weather stations record snowfall.

    Before that the last flurries fell in 2010 during the coldest December for 100 years.

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    TEMPERATURE MAP: 6.30 PM

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    IS A WHITE CHRISTMAS ON THE CARDS?

    Britain could be set for a white Christmas as December is set to the COLDEST on record.

    Parts of the UK have already seen snow earlier this month amid below-zero temperatures however there are hopes the cold snap could arrive on the big day.

    The Met Office said it could not be certain, but added: "We certainly can't rule it out."

    Forecaster Becky Mitchell said: "It doesn't look like it will be widespread.

    "But we can't rule out a few places seeing some flakes of snow around Christmas.

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