Weather forecast: Weather warnings for England and Wales as Halloween deep freeze hits

Parts of England and Wales have been issued warnings and alerts for flooding. In total, 37 flood warnings and 44 alerts are in effect across the country as the Government’s Environment Agency warns “immediate action” is required. River levels are forecast to rise at the Saxons Lode river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall while River Trent at Buckingham Marsh will remain high for at least 48 hours.

The Met Office has warned rain will continue across southwest England, “perhaps heavy” in the far southwest.

The showers will ease on Thursday, but the weather agency warns of the possibility of renewed flooding across the country on Friday.

A Met Office spokesman said: “On Halloween , there will be a south west, north east split with northern and eastern parts seeing mostly dry and sunny spells.

“But south and western areas will be cloudy with patches of rain. By the evening as trick-or-treaters head out, that cloud will spread to more north eastern parts of Wales.

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It will be a murky start to the on Halloween for Northern Ireland into much of Wales, the Midlands and southern counties of England.

Met Office Meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: “It’s just going to be dull and damp.

“Probably different for Scotland as well as eastern England.

“The frosty start here will be followed by plenty more bright and dry weather.

“Increasing areas of high cloud I suspect through the day before things change more definitively across the country on Friday and the weekend.

“Much more unsettled and milder weather is on the way.”

Bookies Coral has seen a huge on tomorrow being the coldest ever Halloween in the UK, offering odds of 1/2 from 4/5.

The firm go 6/4 for snow to fall anywhere in the UK tomorrow, while they have cut the odds on next month being the coldest ever November into 5/4.

Coral spokesman John Hill said: “Punters have been rushing in to back this Halloween to be the coldest ever in the UK and if temperatures do drop to a record low, the bookmakers will look like they have just seen a ghost as we will be paying out long into November.

“The betting also suggests we could see snow on Halloween this year, while we should also brace ourselves for a record cold November next month."

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