UK weather forecast: Horror map shows devastating New Year’s Eve STORM to hit nation

After torrential downpours on Boxing Day, much of the UK will see a milder stretch of weather before the New Year. However, forecasters are showing heavy rain and winds could set in, starting 2020 with more weather chaos.

According to the , New Year’s Eve will start “with plenty of bright or sunny spells”.

However “rain and strong wind” will set in across the “far west late in the day”.

The Met Office said: “Towards the middle of next week, it looks to remain rather unsettled for a time as bands of wet and windy weather across the UK.

“Gales are possible at times, especially across northern and western parts.”

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The Environment Agency said on Friday morning that 34 flood warnings and 115 flood alerts - meaning that flooding is possible - were in force.

The worst affected areas are parts of southern England and North Lincolnshire.

Flood duty manager Clare Dinnis said: “While the weather outlook is improving, groundwater levels continue to rise after recent rainfall meaning that there is a continued risk of groundwater flooding in parts of southern England over the next few days.

“We continue to monitor rainfall and river levels closely and to operate our flood defences, reducing the risk of flooding to thousands of homes and businesses and helping to keep people safe.

“Our pumps also remain in place in Somerset where our focus is on reducing levels of water on Currymoor.”

The forecast for the next few days is drier for areas worst hit on Boxing Day.

Friday is forecast to be relatively calm and warm for the time of year in England and Wales, though Scotland and Northern Ireland are facing rain and strong winds.

Saturday’s weather was expected to be similarly split.

Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said: “After that, we will generally see high-pressure building at the end of the year for much of the UK, and a spell of dry weather, with temperatures near or above average.”

Come New Year’s Eve, however, much of the nation will see the wind set in, will rain beginning to accumulate once more.

Further into January, the Met Office expects “changeable conditions through the middle of January with something of a northwest/southeast split”.

The agency said: “The majority of the wet and windy weather seems to be confined to northern and western parts, whereas the best of any bright and dry conditions look most probable in the east and southeast.

“Temperatures should be near average for the time of year.

“However, in any more settled spells in the southeast, it is likely to be colder generally, with an increased risk of frost and fog.”

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