Freezing winds to batter Britain as snow melts for 100mm rainstorm

BBC Weather: Cold weather to bring snow for parts of UK

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Cold weather warnings are still in effect for the next few days, with snow and ice giving way to winds and downpours. The UK Health Security Agency is issuing cold weather alerts up until Thursday. The North East and North West of England as well as Yorkshire and the Humber are all under severe ice and snow alert. During the same time period, a level 2 alert will be in effect for the East of England, the East Midlands, and the West Midlands.

The Met Office also said parts of the Midlands, including Derby, Manchester, and Leeds, are expected to experience “persistent rain”. 

Dr Agostinho Sousa, Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), has called on the most vulnerable to be looked after during that cold spell.

He said: “As cold weather persists throughout the rest of the week, it is important to check in on the wellbeing of those most vulnerable to the cold.”

A freezing cold jetstream is bringing the brutal weather to the UK as it makes its way over from the Atlantic.

Netweather says wind speeds are likely to hit a gale-force strength of 35mph on Saturday evening as the peak of the bad weather.

And more warnings are set to be issued for the remainder of the week, forecasters have said. 

Met Office Chief Forecaster Dan Suri said: “An Arctic maritime air mass has reasserted itself from the north, bringing with it another dose of snow and frosty nights for some.

“As we head through the second half of the week, conditions turn milder, wetter and windier from the west.”

The cold front is developing this evening and snow i expected in parts of northern England and Scotland later on tonight followed by ice, rain storms and heavy winds on Thursday.

Mr Suri added: “The far north of Scotland is most likely to hold on to the cold air the longest, possibly lingering until later in the weekend.”

On Thursday, it’s expected that rain will be a major danger, with warnings being issued as far south as South Wales. In the wettest locations, 100mm of rain is anticipated, and further rain is predicted for Friday.

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Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Helen Caughey said that while milder air is expected in the second half of the week, it will also bring wet and windy weather. 

He explained: “The transition to milder air in the second half of the week might be welcome for some, but it brings with it wet and windy conditions, as low-pressure moves in from the west, which will bring some heavy and persistent rain to some western and northern areas, as well as some gusty winds, especially for exposed coastal areas.”

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