Thursday's UK weather forecast – dry and cloudy day for most with sunny spells in southeast regions

There'll be some showers near North Sea coasts and frost overnight.

UK weather forecast for 6am on Thursday December 13

UK weather forecast for 3pm on Monday December 13

UK outlook for Friday December 14 to Sunday December 15

THE forecast is that Britain will be mostly bright but chilly on Friday. Wet and windy weather will move in on Saturday.

It'll be a brighter and showery day on Sunday.

UK outlook for Monday December 17 to Thursday January 10

MID-DECEMBER looks to be a mix of blustery showers, longer spells of rain and severe gales.

Temperatures will be average for the time of year.

Heading into Christmas, the weather looks like it'll remain unsettled.

The end of 2018 remains uncertain, as there's a possibility of rain or colder and drier weather.

UK surface pressure forecast for 12pm Thursday

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Tuesday's London weather forecast – Low clouds with some fog and mist, temperatures reaching 8 °C amidst some light winds

London weather forecast for 6am on Tuesday December 11

 

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London weather forecast for 12pm on Monday December 10

UK outlook for Wednesday December 12 to Friday December 14

There will likely be overnight fog and frost which will could be slow to clear. Thursday will be windy but winds will generally be up during this period. There will be clear and sunny spells as well.

 

UK outlook for Saturday December 15 to Tuesday January 8

Saturday will see wet and windy weather and there is a chance of snow, most likely over the hills in the north. This could mean the weather will be changeable with long showers. There may be drier periods over the following week and spots of sunshine with clear, cold nights which will bring frost. Temperatures will be normal for this time of year. The Christmas period will also be changeable again with long showers. Leading into New Year a high pressure may come in which will bring drier and colder weather with a good chance of fog and overnight frost.

Tuesday's temperatures for London

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UK weather forecast – Snow and FIVE-DAY freeze to blast Britain says Met Office with 60mph storms and fog

Wintry temperatures will return with a bang as the UK sees the mercury plunge to -5C in some parts of the country.

Chilly air from Iceland looms and will sweep across the country from this evening, remaining cold until midweek

Freezing fog is a possibility and snow could even blanket the hills of northern England.

And while temperatures should rise again on Thursday, "disruptive snowfall" then threatens to cause road and rail chaos.

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “It turns colder on Sunday with air from Iceland, and it certainly looks cold until midweek in the East.

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“Widespread frosts and the chance of freezing fog are expected, with Monday morning down to -5C in Scotland and -3C in northern England.

“Gales or severe gales with gusts up to 60mph in the West are expected into the weekend, with further heavy rain – and snow in the North, mainly on hills.”

Yesterday parts of the country were submerged by flash floods as gale-force winds battered the country. Dozens of flood warnings and alerts were in place, but these have lessened today.

Dean Hall, a forecaster with the Met Office, told the Sun Online: "On Sunday it's staying unsettled with more showers and rain, particularly first thing which could be accompanied by strong winds across the south.

"We could see strong gusts of wind.

"Through the day the showers will move away southwards and we will see cold north-westerly flow across the UK.

"It will be a day of sunshine and showers but will certainly feel colder.

"It will be a cold night going into Monday. There will be a sharp frost in northern and eastern parts with temperatures of -5 or -6 overnight when there are clear skies."

Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending said: “Colder weather will arrive from the North, with East coasts prone to the odd wintry shower.


“There is a significant chance of disruptive snowfall as moister air arrives from the West from midweek.”

And despite the winds easing off slightly today, it will feel much colder this evening. Some areas could even see a frost forming as temperatures drop.

This week we told how Brits are braced for a blast of icy Scandinavian air next week, as the odds of a white Christmas is slashed.

As temperatures fall next week, bookies have slashed the odds on every city in Britain seeing snow on Christmas Day.

Aberdeen is the most likely to see a White Christmas at 6/5 while London’s chances have been cut from 5/1 to 9/2.



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White Christmas odds around the UK – find out if snow is forecast in your area

Major cities across the UK are likely to enjoy a white Christmas with freezing conditions expected to hit the country in the coming weeks.

Bookies say it’s looking likely that this winter will break records on the temperature front.

The odds of it snowing on December 25 in London are 5/1, in Manchester 4/1, in Birmingham it’s 5/1 and up in Newcastle the odds are 5/2.

And the move into colder weather could come as early as next week, with high pressure building over Scandinavia and an easterly flow sweeping across Britain.

A list of major cities around the UK and Ireland and the odds of them seeing snow at Christmas can be seen below.

Dean Hall, a forecaster with the Met Office, told the Sun: "It will be a cold night going into Monday.

"There will be a sharp frost in northern and eastern parts with temperatures of -5 or -6 overnight when there are clear skies."

Ladbrokes have made it just 1/2 that any part of the UK wakes up to a white Christmas.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "Punters dreaming of a white Christmas may well get their wish this year."

The bookies now make it 10/11 that this winter has record-breaking temperatures.

Mr Apati said: "It’s looking more likely than ever that this winter breaks records, with a White Christmas being just as likely."

Their latest odds have been released as winds of 60mph from the Atlantic are set to hit northern England today before travelling down the country to the south-west.

Commuters are expected to have to deal with travel delays due to the winds and drivers of tall vehicles have been advised to take care on bridges.

A Met Office forecaster said showers would be ‘hefty,’ even warning of thunder and hail in areas.

Forecasters have warned the mercury will plunge to around 5C in some parts of Scotland on Sunday.

It’ll lead to a bitter frost returning into next week, especially in northern and eastern areas.

Odds on a white Christmas in major cities around the country

Aberdeen 2/1

Edinburgh 5/2

Glasgow 5/2

Newcastle 5/2

Belfast 3/1

Liverpool 7/2

Manchester 4/1

Birmingham 5/1

Bristol 5/1

Cardiff 5/1

Dublin 5/1

Leeds 5/1

London 5/1.

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What’s the UK weather forecast, will it snow this week and how cold does it need to be to snow?

Temperatures are expected to drop below zero and thunderous rain storms are also forecast. Here's the latest info on whether the snow is heading in your direction.

What's the latest weather forecast?

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for south-west England, starting at 4pm on Saturday and lasting until 7am on Sunday.

As temperatures fall next week, bookies have slashed the odds on every city in Britain seeing snow on Christmas Day.

Aberdeen is the most likely to see a White Christmas at 6/5 while London’s chances have been cut from 5/1 to 9/2.

Alex Apati, from Ladbrokes, said: “Weather-watching punters may be dreaming of a White Christmas, but the latest odds are suggesting they’ll be waking up to one and cashing in!”

But weatherman Derek Brockway urged caution saying the "milder air from the Atlantic will keep temperatures around or just above average".

 

He said: "It is still far too early to say for certain what weather we will have on Christmas Day. Even in some of the mild Decembers of the past few decades, short-lived cold spells did crop up and even produced short spells of snow."

Meteorologists say a "battleground scenario" of wet and wintry weather will play out over the next few weeks with snowfall coming and going until Christmas day.

The predictions give hope to Brits dreaming of a White Christmas this year.

ODDS ON A WHITE CHRISTMAS

Aberdeen – 6/5 (was 5/4)
Edinburgh – 6/4 (was 2/1)
Glasgow – 6/4 (was 2/1)
Newcastle – 9/4 (was 5/2)
Belfast – 3/1 (was 4/1)
Liverpool – 7/2 (was 4/1)
Manchester – 7/2 (was 4/1)
Birmingham – 4/1 (was 5/1)
Bristol – 9/2 (was 5/1)
Cardiff – 9/2 (was 5/1)
Dublin – 9/2 (was 5/1)
Leeds – 9/2 (was 5/1)
London – 9/2 (was 5/1)

(Ladbrokes latest betting)

How cold does it have to be to snow?

According to the Met Office, precipitation falls as snow when the air temperature is below 2C.

It is a myth that it needs to be below zero to snow.

In fact, in Britain, the heaviest snowfalls tend to occur when the air temperature is between zero and 2C. The falling snow does begin to melt as soon as temperatures rise above freezing, but as the melting process begins, the air around the snowflake is cooled.

Snowfall can be defined as slight, moderate or heavy. When combined with strong winds, a snowfall can create blizzards and drifts.

If the temperature is warmer than 2C then the snowflake will melt and fall as sleet rather than snow, and if it's warmer still, it will be rain.

What are the coldest UK winters on record?

Modern winters are nothing in comparison to those of the so-called “little ice-age” which lasted from 1350 until 1850.

These arctic winters resulted in the River Thames becoming frozen solid for months on end.

The worst UK winter on record was dubbed the "Great Frost", way back in 1683-84.

The Thames was covered in 11 inches of thick ice resulting in the famous Frost Fair — a festival held on the frozen river involving ice-skating, gambling and bear-baiting.

The winter of 1739-40 is one of the worst on record with a severe frost, which saw temperatures plummet to -9C, starting on Christmas Day and lasting until February 17.

The only time the River Thames has frozen in modern times was in the so-called “Big Freeze” of 1963 which saw the country covered in a thick blanket of snow.

Sheffield was one of the worst hit with four feet of the white stuff.

Another modern "snowmaggeddon" occurred during December 1978 and the early months of 1979.

Against a backdrop of political instability in the UK, the winter was the worst since 1963.

A bitterly cold wind smashed the country at the end of November 1978 bringing blizzards and snow showers.

The worst winter of the new century was in December 2010 which broke national records and covered Britain in ice and snow.

Once again dubbed the “Big Freeze”, the average temperature for the month, which was -1C, was the coldest for 100 years, the Met Office confirmed.

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More than two days’ rainfall to batter Britain in one hour over the weekend

Britain is braced for weekend weather misery – as fierce 60mph gales and more than two days’ rainfall is expected to lash down in just one hour.

The vicious downpours will sweep in from the west, forecasters told Mirror Online today.

Weather warnings are already in place for parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland for tonight but the violent storms, thundery at times, will continue across most of the UK throughout Saturday.

Mark Wilson, Met Office forecaster, said: "It is going to be showery particularly in northern areas on Saturday morning.

"Then another band of rain will come in from the west and move eastwards later in the day.


"The showers will be pretty hefty, with hail and thunder in some places.

"We are looking in some places, particularly in northern England and northern Wales, between 5mm and 10mm in one hour. That is pretty heavy."

In December as total, the UK averages 120mm of rain and so around 3.8mm each day.

Mr Wilson said the downpours could happen "anywhere" but are most likely in northern England on Saturday afternoon.


These will be worsened by monster gales of up to 60mph which will hit northern England on Saturday morning.

By the evening, the huge gusts will batter south-west England.

Temperatures will struggle to exceed 13C on Saturday but will plummet dramatically in the following 24 hours.

Forecasters have warned the mercury will plunge to around 5C in some parts of Scotland on Sunday.


It’ll lead to a bitter frost returning into next week, especially in northern and eastern areas.

The Met Office said the strong winds, particularly those affecting Scotland tonight, "are likely to bring some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport".

"Some bus and train services affected, with some journeys taking longer," it added.

Forecasters warned fresh weather warnings may be issued over the weekend.

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Winter storm moving east heading into weekend

Most of the eastern U.S. is in the grip of wintry weather with cold temperatures and snowfall.

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Anywhere from 3 to 7.5 inches of snow fell Wednesday from the Carolinas to New Jersey and western New York — producing numerous accidents and spinouts.

Now, a new storm is moving from west to east over the next several days and bringing heavy snow, ice and heavy rain.

The western storm brought more than 2 inches of rain to Southern California and wind gusts to near 70 mph. Also several inches of snow fell in the Southern California mountains Wednesday.

The storm will continue to move through the Southwest on Thursday from California into Arizona and New Mexico with rain and mountain snow. Some minor flash flooding is possible.

By Friday afternoon, the storm system will redevelop in southern Texas and bring with it heavy rain.

Heavy snow and ice will break out to the north on Friday night into Saturday morning from the Texas Panhandle to central Oklahoma.

The storm system will move into the Southeast by Sunday, bringing heavy snow and ice to the southern Appalachian Mountains and heavy rain for the eastern Gulf Coast states. Major ice and snow is forecast for the Carolinas and into Virginia and parts of northern Georgia.

Heavy snow is forecast from the Texas Panhandle to southern Virginia, where locally 6 to 12 inches of snow is possible. Some areas in the southern Appalachian Mountains could see more than a foot of snow.

Some areas from Oklahoma to the Carolinas could see up to half an inch of ice accumulate on cold surfaces — a major deal since this far south they don’t deal well with wintry precipitation.

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Treated sewage water to become tap water in El Paso

Climate change forces people to make some unpalatable decisions.

    As the climate changes, several cities around the world are struggling to supply water to their ever-expanding populations.

    Twenty or 30 years ago, the city of El Paso in southern Texas had a plentiful water supply. The mighty Rio Grande roared nearly 3,000 kilometres from the peaks of southern Colorado to the Gulf of Mexico, offering seemingly endless fresh water.

    Nowadays, the river has dwindled, with temperature increases being blamed.

    Phil King, a civil engineering professor at New Mexico State University, told KTSM.com that he is certain this is due to climate change.

    “What we are seeing is a systematic increase in temperature, so we’re seeing the snowmelt runoff earlier…and more rapid melt than average. And again, for a given level of snowpack, less runoff actually reaching the river and reaching our reservoir here.”

    In 1989, El Paso Water’s then Utility Manager Ed Archuleta predicted the city would run out of water in 2020.

    Since then El Pasoans have cut down on their water usage by 35 percent per person, yet despite this and despite El Paso being home to the world’s largest inland desalination plant, water worries persist.

    Now, in a desperate step to alleviate the water shortages, El Paso is set to become one of the first cities in the US to treat sewage water and turn it into drinking water.

    The city is working to build a closed-loop facility to treat sewage water with multiple steps of filtration such as carbon and UV filtration to make sure no pathogens or microbes are present.

    Gilbert Trejo, chief technical officer of El Paso Water, told CNN technology allows the water to be ‘treated to a very high standard’, making it safe to drink.

    ‘From toilet to tap’ is an idea that has been around for a number of years, but many water-scarce cities have resisted its implementation due to the revulsion the idea creates in the public.

    However, as the global climate changes and water becomes an increasingly scarce resource, a number of cities are reexamining the idea.

    Perth, Australia announced in February that it was considering the idea, and Sydney already helps bolster its water supply with treated sewage water. The city discharges treated wastewater into the catchment rivers that supply the city.

    In July, the Indian capital followed suit, with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal saying that he hoped treated sewage water would supply 15 to 20 percent of its tap water in the next two years.

    One city that is already proudly using treated sewage water in their water supply is Singapore. The city already has five treatment plants, called NEWater plants, which treat the water to a very high-grade standard, making it safe to drink. Forty percent of their tap water is currently from treated sewage water.

    It has helped to solve a major supply problem in the city and what’s more, some locals even say it tastes better.

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    UK weather forecast – Week of snow, rain and 'severe gales' after mild weekend

    The Pennines will be hit with up to 20cm of snow on Tuesday night potentially sparking travel chaos for thousands on Wednesday morning.

    Northern parts of the Pennines will get covered in the most snow as rain moves across cold air and temperatures plummet to below freezing.

    Meanwhile, other parts of the UK will be hit with showers as rain continues to spread eastwards across the country today.

    It comes as frost swept across parts of Scotland this morning while temperatures rose up to 14C in the London area – four degrees above the December average.

    But parts of Northern Ireland and Scotland will be hit by “heavy bursts” of rain throughout the day.


    Sarah Kent, a meteorologist at the Met Office, told The Sun Online: “There were a few bright spells across the northern half of the UK this morning.

    “But it will turn into a cloudy day and there will be heavy bursts of rain in Northern Ireland and parts of southern Scotland.”

    There will also be showers in the south but air coming in from the Atlantic could mean highs of 16C in the capital.

    People in the north will wake up to frost on Monday morning and there will be showers across the country with a high of 5C in Aberdeen while London will experience a high of 14C.

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    But temperatures will drop to below freezing on Tuesday evening and parts of the Pennines will be covered in snow.

    Ms Kent added: “It’s going to stay rather unsettled on Tuesday morning. It will be a cold start with hard frost in places and showers in Scotland.

    “Elsewhere will be dry but there will be rain coming in from the west.

    “On Tuesday night rain will move north and cold air will turn the rain into snow as temperatures drop to below zero.

    “We could see 10 possibly 20cm of snow on the highest parts of the Pennines and we need to keep an eye on it.

    “People will wake up to see the Pennines looking white on Wednesday morning.

    “It will stay unsettled for the rest of the week with further rain and there will be severe gales hitting parts of northern Scotland on Friday.”



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