UK weather warning: Heavy rain to strike as flood warnings issued for Boxing Day washout

A series of flood warnings are in place as Britain braces for heavy rain and strong winds crashing into the country on Boxing Day. It comes after much of the UK had sunny clear skies on Christmas Day after low temperatures earlier in the week. There are currently 30 flood warnings in place across the country - warning Brits of immediate action required.

There are also 90 flood alerts in place, where Britons have been urged to be prepared as flooding is possible, although there are currently no severe warnings in place.

The majority of the flood concerns are in the south of England.

Met Office meteorologist, Alex Burkill, explained how a powerful weather system would whip across the country on Thursday.

He said: “After a gloriously sunny Christmas Day, Boxing Day is going to be quite a bit cloudier, there will be some rain around also some stronger winds. But, at least temperatures will be a touch higher too.

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UK weather warning: Flood warnings in place as heavy rain forecast (Image: WXCHARTS•GOV)

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UK weather forecast: Heavy rain sweeping across the country (Image: METOFFICE)

“It’s a cloudier picture across much of Scotland first thing. Largely dry but some rain out in the far west.

“However, we do have this band of heavier rain that is pushing its way northeastwards. This could bring some sleet or snow over the higher ground of northern England.

“Then to the southwest of this, the rest of the rain starting to clear away. But, still some outbreaks of rain and some of these could be heavy at times, and remaining largely cloudy.

“As we go through the day, we will see that band of rain pushing its way northeastwards - further showery outbreaks following in behind. The best of the dry and brighter weather, perhaps for northern parts of Scotland. Here it could stay largely sunny.

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UK weather map: Weather forecast chart on Thursday (Image: METOFFICE)

“Elsewhere lots of cloud, but temperatures will be a couple of degrees higher than on Christmas Day. However, it won’t feel it with the rain and stronger winds.

“There is the risk of some gales towards the southwest, particularly towards coastal parts.”

The Met Office meteorologist continued: “As we go through the rest of the day, particularly across parts of southern Wales and southwest England, with the amount of rain we have seen so far this month, this could cause some localised impacts.

“Elsewhere it is going to stay largely cloudy, through Boxing Day night, but it will be a drying trend with some outbreaks of rain becoming lighter as we go through the night.”

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UK weather chart on Boxing Day (Image: WXCHARTS)

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UK weather forecast for Boxing Day afternoon (Image: METOFFICE)

We do have this band of heavier rain that is pushing its way northeastwards

Met Office meteorologist, Alex Burkill

Going through the rest of the week, the Met Office forecaster claimed there would be a split between the North West and South East.

On Boxing Day morning, BBC Weather claimed winds had reached 50mph in some areas of the country.

They wrote on Twitter: “Winds in southwest England, Cumbria and Northern Ireland are still touching 40-50mph in places.”

But BBC’s Matt Taylor also claimed temperatures would remain pretty mild for the time of year.

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UK weather forecast: Lowest temperatures on record (Image: NC)

The unsettled conditions are expected to continue into the New Year as bands of wet weather sweep towards the country.

The Met Office’s long-range forecast from Monday, December 30, to Wednesday, January 8, warns: “Rain affecting the far northwest Monday morning will begin to move south and east through the day. This will be followed by clearer, colder weather with a few showers in the northwest.

“It is likely to be windy with a risk of gales in places. Very mild at first but temperatures returning to average by the end of the day.

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UK weather: Warm air expected over the weekend (Image: BBCWEATHER)

“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.

“Somewhat drier and colder conditions seem likely thereafter and look to continue into the first week of January. During this more settled period, overnight frost is possible.”

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