UK weather forecast today – Freezing Atlantic blast brings SNOW and icy rain as Storm Barbara ravages Britain

A FREEZING Atlantic blast is set to bring snow and icy rain in the coming days.

A fearsome jet stream over the North Atlantic will sweep low pressure from Canada and the US next week bringing sub-zero temperatures and a layer of settled snow in central and western Scotland by early November.

The news comes as Storm Barbara batters Britain with torrential rain and gales as it sweeps in from Spain.

A yellow weather warning has been issued by the Met Office with torrential rain to hit the south of England.

Gales of up to 40mph are expected through the Dover Strait and up to two inches of rain is expected to fall in three to six hours.

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  • Joseph Gamp

    BRITS SPEND 120 DAYS OF THEIR LIVES MOANING ABOUT THE WEATHER – STUDY

    A nationwide study of 6,500 Brits, asked how often they nattered about the rain and shine, found that the average Briton complains bout the weather for an average of 42-minutes every week.

    Over the course of the year, that works out at 2,184 minutes we spend griping about the weather – that’s 36hrs and 24 mins.

    And over the course of an average lifetime of 81 years, that works out at 176,904 minutes – a whopping 123 DAYS.

    The biggest weather whingers were those from Bristol, spending an average of 78 minutes-a-week griping about it, that’s a whopping 228 days in their lifetimes.

    The least likely to moan about the weather were folk from sunny Brighton, complaining for just nine minutes a week, on average – that’s just 26 days over the course of an average lifetime.

  • Kevin Adjei-Darko

    DRIVERS BRAVE THE STORM

    Drivers are braving perilous weather conditions as several parts of the country battles heavy rain fall.

    A motorist drives through a flooded road at Crockernhill, Kent this morning.

  • Kevin Adjei-Darko

    MANY PLACES TO REMAIN WET – MET OFFICE

  • Kevin Adjei-Darko

    MOTORISTS FACE HORRENDOUS CONDITIONS

    Motorists on the A14 motorway near Cambridge had to go through horrendous weather conditions this morning as Storm Barbara continues to batter Britain.

    There were heavy rain and strong wings as drivers commuted to work on the busy road.

  • Kevin Adjei-Darko

    STORM BARBARA HITS UK

    PLANES are barely visible though the thick fog at Leeds Bradford airport in Yorkshire as Storm Barbara continues to rip through the UK.

    There have been warnings of severe transport delays including at airports as parts of the country sees heavy rainfall.

  • Kevin Adjei-Darko

    YELLOW WARNING IN PLACE IN PARTS OF UK UNTIL 2PM

  • Kevin Adjei-Darko

    DRIVING THROUGH THE STORM

    Cars are seen making their way along the M3 motorway near Popham in Hampshire.

    Weather warning have been issued as heavy rain batters parts of the UK as a result of Storm Barbara.

  • Kevin Adjei-Darko

  • Kevin Adjei-Darko

    MORE SNAPS AS RAIN HITS UK AS A RESULT OF STORM BARBARA

  • Kevin Adjei-Darko

    BRITS COMMUTE TO WORK AS STORM BARBARA BATTERS THE UK

  • Kevin Adjei-Darko

    SNOW LIKELY AS BRITAIN SET FOR PLUNGE IN TEMPERATURES

    AS COLD winds come in from Canada, Britain is set to see a plunge in temperatures by the end of the month.

    The freezing weather will begin on October 26 and is set to last for a week, according to the BBC.

    Parts of the northern areas could also experience snowfall.

    According to forecasters: “The cold air over Canada will contrast with the much warmer than average sea surface temperatures off the east coast of Canada and over the north-west Atlantic

    “Strong horizontal contrasts in temperature here give the jet stream above some added strength.”

  • Kevin Adjei-Darko

    DULL AND WET MORNING FOR CAPITAL

    LONDON, like most of the country is expected to be hit with rain with the Met Office saying the capital will see “a dull and wet morning with persistent and occasionally heavy rain”.

    The rain is expected to clear to the east in the afternoon, making way for brighter skies.

    The improvement of weather, however will also bring with it a risk of isolated showers.

  • Kevin Adjei-Darko

    DELAYS EXPECTED AS BRITAIN FEELS EFFECTS OF STORM BARBARA

    DELAYS to road, rail, air and ferry transport are to be expected as Britain feels the effects of Storm Barbara.

    BBC weather warns that delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes are also likely.

    Bus and train services in certain parts are also probably affected.

  • Kevin Adjei-Darko

    YELLOW WARNING ISSUED

    SEVERE gales across south-east England around Kent and Sussex between 7am and 5pm have resulted in a yellow warning being issued.

    Gusts of up to 45 to 55mph inland and 65mph near the coast should be expected as Storm Barbara batters the UK.

  • Patrick Joseph DUGGAN

    WET AND WINDY

    IT'S a wet and windy start to the day for large parts of England on Wednesday.

    Up to 55mm of rain could fall in parts of the south of England until 2pm today.

    The rain will be accompanied by gales, with strong winds most likely across the Kent and Sussex coasts.

  • Patrick Joseph DUGGAN

    WEATHER WARNINGS

    YELLOW weather warnings for rain and wind are in place for parts of southern England today.

    Bus and train services are likely to be hit by downpours in affected areas, the Met Office warned.

    And flooding of homes and businesses is possible.

    Strong southwesterly winds are also set to pummel parts of the south coast.

  • Patrick Joseph DUGGAN

    KIDS PLAY

    ARE bored children getting on your back now the weather has taken a turn for the worse?

    We are used to a downpour, or two, but sometimes our little’uns are less understanding when the weather doesn’t play ball.

    But, don’t fret, you needn’t fork out a fortune to keep your tots happy (and dry) with these savvy, socially distanced activities.

    Read the full story here.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    HEAVY GALES AND RAIN SET TO HIT BRITAIN TODAY

    Storm Barbara is set to batter Britain with torrential rain and gales as it sweeps in from Spain.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    MORNING TEMPERATURES ACROSS THE UK

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    TOMORROW MORNING

    In the morning, rain will affect England and Wales, heavy in the south.

    Patchy rain in Scotland and Northern Ireland but bright spells will affect the Isle of Man and south-east Scotland.

    There will be further outbreaks of rain for many in the afternoon. Clear spells may develop in the evening.

    Met Office

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    SIX DAY FORECAST

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    FLOOD ALERTS IN PLACE

    There are currently four flood alerts in place across the UK – all based in the south of England.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    WEATHER FOR WEDNESDAY

    A very wet start in some southern areas of Britain, rain slow to clear eastern England. Possible gales in the far southeast. Rain in northwest Scotland. Brighter elsewhere.

    Met Office

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    TONIGHTS FORECAST

    There will be showery rain in many western and northern areas of the UK, possibly heavy in some parts.

    According to the Met Office there will be drier spells elsewhere before an area of sometimes heavy rain moves into southern areas of England later.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    WEATHER WARNINGS FOR TOMORROW

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