Two separate yellow weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office for the UK in the coming hours. A large part of Scotland will be susceptible to icy conditions by the morning as a cold and settled night allows for such conditions to form. And in the south west, heavy rain and strong winds will potentially cause disruption throughout much of tomorrow. The warnings come after a week of turbulent weather for much of Britain, from heavy rain to severe gusts battering the coastlines. And despite some settled conditions offering a brief respite, the country is set to experience more of the same in the coming week.
The first warning is for Scotland which comes into effect from 8.30pm today until 9.30am tomorrow. It covers Central, Tayside and Fife regions including Angus, Perth and Kinross. It will also effect those living in the Grampian areas of Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray, and the Highlands and Eileen Siar.
The Met Office says: “A much drier and colder night than of late with a frost developing quite widely over Scotland and ice likely to form on untreated surfaces. The northeast of Scotland will see the greatest ice risk, where surfaces are still wet from recent rain and run off from fields and higher ground.
“Fog or freezing fog patches are also likely to form overnight which will add to the difficult traveling conditions.” It urges people to be aware of difficult driving conditions and slippery paths which could leave residents prone to injury.
There are also likely to be some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths due to gritters only treating primary routes.
Then, in south west England and Wales a yellow warning for wind comes into place from 6am until 6pm tomorrow – with seven parts of south western England covered and 12 areas in Wales.
In England this includes Cornwall, Devon, Isles of Scilly, North and central Somerset, Plymouth and Torbay. In Wales this extends to Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Pembrokeshire, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Swansea and Vale of Glamorgan.
The Met Office says a “complex area of low pressure” is responsible for tomorrow’s warning – and adds: “A complex area of low pressure is expected to develop to the southwest of the UK on Sunday night with the potential for a small area of very strong winds to affect parts of southwest England and possibly South Wales during Monday.
“There is a lot of uncertainty in both the locations affected and the strength of wind, but there is a small chance of gusts of 70-80 mph affecting coastal areas and 55-65 mph inland within the warning area. The winds will ease from the west into the early evening.”
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The leading forecaster urges people to be cautious of potential power cuts and delays to public transport services. It says there is a “small chance” of very strong winds with exposed coastal areas potentially reaching a severe 80mph.
This could cause some damage to buildings, with flying debris expected and tiles blown off of roofs. Air, rail and ferry services may experience disruption – causing delays for passengers.
Roads and bridges may be shut for safety reasons and there may be some power outages. People living near coastal areas or a beach need to be aware of flying debris coming in off the coast and large waves crashing against cliffs and harboursides.
The Met Office is also saying more unsettled weather is coming for the rest of the week and into the final days before December. Its long range forecast from November 25 into the beginning of next month reads: “This period is likely to remain mainly unsettled throughout.
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“Friday probably characterised by showers and sunny intervals, also windy with gales possible around coasts and hills. Perhaps more continuous and heavy rainfall moving in from the west over Friday night and into Saturday.
“Into the weekend, unsettled conditions remain expected, with showers and longer periods of rain possible, especially in the west. A chance of strong winds and gales continuing.
“At the end of November and into the start of December conditions are likely to stay changeable, with periods of rain and strong winds. Western areas are likely to see the most of any heavier and persistent rainfall, with eastern areas starting to see longer periods of dry weather developing.
“Temperatures likely at or slightly above the seasonal average.”