Storm Elliott has battered the US leaving 34 dead and 125,000 homes without power in the coldest Christmas in decades. Seven have been declared dead in Buffalo with some found dead in snowdrifts and in their cars. In some areas, the strong wind gusts are causing temperatures to plummet to -40C and New York Governor Kathy Hochul is pushing for a federal disaster declaration to channel more resources into the area.
While the bomb cyclone has wreaked havoc in the US with the pressure causing temperatures to dive, it is not due to hit the UK in the same fashion, althogh the weather will become more unstable across Britain.
The Met Office has said that from Boxing Day, the weather will once again take a colder turn until the beginning of January.
The meteorological organisation commented on the impact of Storm Elliott on the UK, saying that there will not be a direct impact on the UK but it will impact the medium-term outlook for Britain.
Met Office Deputy Chief meteorologist David Oliver said: “As is often the case, the conditions across the Atlantic play an important role in dictating our weather in the UK.
“We won’t see any direct impacts from the event currently occurring across North America.
“Rather, the temperature contrasts that develop across the North Atlantic as a result of this will help strengthen the jet stream, which plays a big role in the weather we get in the UK.”
He added: “The jet stream will help to develop low pressure systems which are likely to affect the UK between Christmas and New Year.
“These will bring some wet and windy weather at times and the chance of some snow in the north of the UK, as is often the case at this time of year.”
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The flood warning is issued for The Essex Coast at Coalhouse Fort and surrounding marshland.
The warning indicates that flooding is expected, and residents should act immediately with properties at risk of flooding and potentially hazardous conditions on roads and walkways.
Weather maps from WXCHARTS show a band of rain moving quickly in from the West on Tuesday which will turn into snow in Scotland and regions of northern England.
Across the week until New Year’s Eve, Britain will be battered by intense rain and showers which is set to see more flood alerts put in place.