Parts of Scotland, North East England and Yorkshire are bracing for up to 40 mm of rainfall through today – threatening travel chaos and flooding for homes and businesses.
It comes after more than half a month’s rainfall pelted parts of the UK yesterday – as areas struggle to recover from widespread floods early this month.
A total of 32 .2mm of rain pummelled Wattisham in Suffolk on Wednesday, the Met Office said – the highest volume of rainfall anywhere in the UK during that time.
The average November rainfall for the region is 60 mm.
Meteorologist Helen Roberts said: “There has been quite a wide-ranging spread of places where we had heavy rainfall, but we had a reasonably significant volume in Wattisham.
“For Wales, the 30. 6mm was not that significant because the monthly average is 162 mm.
“Most places saw some rain in the last 24 hours, and there is likely to be more on the way. “
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The Met Office also forecasts cold polar air arriving from Friday which could remain for much of the next two weeks – with snow affecting the North and possible the South.
Bitterly cold temperatures of -5C are set to appear by Saturday in the North.
A Met Office forecaster said: “The beginning of December looks cold for many, with potential for wintry showers in the North, which may spread to higher ground in the South.”
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The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “It’s floods then freeze this week, with -5C possible by Saturday night and snow risks in the North. ”
And Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna added: “It’s not a pretty picture, with warnings for rain for the next few days after some places had three times their normal rain in the first half of the month.
“Colder air arrives at the end of the week, perhaps generally hanging on for the first half of December.”
Are you winter weather ready?
TWO-thirds of British people have been caught out by severe weather, according to the latest research from the Met Office.
This is despite regularly checking the weather forecast.
A huge 74 per cent of those surveyed don’t think they are ready for winter.
And 20 per cent admit that they only start winter preparations, such as checking their boiler and pipes and stocking up their freezer, in December.
Yet the most cited disruption from bad weather was boilers breaking down and pipes bursting, the survey found.
Although more than a quarter (27 per cent) check the weather up to ten times a week, the same small percentage spend time preparing their winter wardrobe ( (per cent) and getting their house ready (22 per cent) for winter.
Will Lang, head of civil contingencies at the Met Office, said: “Changeable weather is a fact of life throughout the winter months as the recent heavy rainfall and flooding has shown us.
“Taking a small amount of time to prepare now can make a big difference in keeping family, friends and neighbors, as well as property and businesses safe throughout the months ahead.”
- Prepare a winter kit for your car, such as ice scraper, de-icer, torch , in-car phone charger, warm clothes and blankets
- Vehicle checks – before setting off, make sure your vehicle has adequate oil and coolant, jack, wheel brace, spare wheel, warning lights and spare keys
- Property checks – check roof for loose slates or tiles, clear guttering
- Keep your home warm – heat your home to at least 18 C, to keep you warm and healthy
- Check on others – check on older neighbors and relatives during severe weather, ensuring they have plenty of food and medicine, so they don’t have to go out in really bad weather