UK weather: Met Office predicts snow and heavy winds amid flood alert for Bristol

The UK is experiencing ‘very unsettled weather’ which the Met Office says will last until the end of the month.

Some parts of the nation are seeing heavy downpours and strong winds while others are being warned to expect snow and ice.

In Bristol, a flood alert remains in place after a deluge of rain as the Met Office forecasts another morning of ‘scattered showers’ for our city.

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According to the weather experts, today (Sunday, January 9) the region will see more rainfall, heavy at times in the morning.

On Monday, the rain will turn lighter and patchier in the South West, but is expected to pick up again on Tuesday.

Brighter spells are predicted on Wednesday and Thursday with temperatures set to drop overnight. The Met Office has warned of fog and overnight frost in our region.

A flood warning is still in place in Bristol, as the Environment Agency warns river levels are rising slowly on the Bristol Avon.

Locals are being told to avoid using low lying footpaths to not attempt to walk or drive through flood water.

This month is set to see a drop in temperatures, too, after a mild Christmas and New Year.

Meteorologist Simon Partridge told The Sun we’re facing a “shock to the system” as the chilly winds make it feel as cold as -2C.

“It will definitely be colder, so if you’re going out, think about an extra layer,” he said.

“You might need anything to keep the wind out because it’s not going to be pretty.”

UK long range forecast

Thursday, January 13 – Saturday, January 22

A continuation of largely settled conditions is most likely as we head into the middle of January with high pressure in charge across the south of the country. Most areas will be dry with any spells of rain and stronger winds likely to be restricted to northern parts of the country.

The settled weather will bring widespread overnight frost as well as morning fog patches. Amounts of sunshine are uncertain with areas of fog and low cloud potentially lingering by day in places, especially in the south.

How long the predominantly settled condition persist is uncertain with an increasing chance of some unsettled spells returning to many parts as we head towards the end of the period.

Sunday, January 23 – Sunday, February 6

A more unsettled regime is most likely during late January and into early February with spells of wet and windy weather followed by brighter but showery interludes.

Northwestern areas are likely to be wettest with southern and eastern areas seeing the best of any drier interludes. Overall temperatures are most likely to be near or a little above average though some colder interludes are possible.

Snow could fall to lower levels at times in any colder interludes but is most likely over higher ground in the north.

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