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18 December 2022, 09:18 | Update: 18 December 2022, 09:22

Weather warnings as the UK rarely faces freezing rain and snow, but temperatures are expected to rise by 15 degrees on Monday

Weather warnings as the UK rarely faces freezing rain and snow, but temperatures are expected to rise by 15 degrees on Monday.

Image: Getty / Met Office


The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for large parts of the UK as forecasters warn that steady rain and snow could pose a threat to life.

An amber warning for snow was issued for the north of England from 9am to 8pm with the office saying rain and freezing snow could leave 2-3mm of snow on untreated surfaces.

The weather can lead to dangerous driving conditions, possible power cuts and public transport problems.

When rain falls on a very cold surface it freezes almost immediately, and this phenomenon is rare in the UK.

It disperses the raindrops for a short time before freezing and enveloping the surface in a layer of clear ice.

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Various other parts of the UK have yellow weather warnings for fog, snow, ice and rain today, then expected to change tomorrow.

Daytime highs on Monday will be between 11C and 14C after the cooler temperatures seen in recent days.

Houses covered in frost on December 16, 2022 in London, England.

Houses covered in frost on December 16, 2022 in London, England.

Image: Getty


Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “Daytime temperatures are in the low single figures at the moment, and remain below freezing in places under snow cover, so some areas are slightly below zero.

“But daytime temperatures by Monday, we’re looking at highs of 11C to 14C across the UK, so around 15 degrees is definitely more than that.”

Tomorrow, Aberdeen could see highs of 12C or 13C, while temperatures in London could reach 14C as winds from the west or south-west overcome cooler winds from the north.

Today's current Met Office warnings.

Today’s current Met Office warnings.

Image: Met Office


Mr Petagna said while it was not unheard of to see these temperatures at this time of year, it was very unusual to go from very cold to very mild in a day or two.

Peter Jenkins, director of campaigns at Water UK, warned that rising temperatures could lead to burst pipes.

He said: “We expect people to experience further disruption as temperatures rise this weekend, leaving many homes at risk of burst pipes due to freeze-thaw.

Current Met Office weather warnings for tomorrow

Current Met Office weather warnings for tomorrow.

Image: Met Office


“That’s why we urge everyone to check their water pipes are well insulated now and follow our simple tips to protect homes from the elements.”

The warning came as residents were hit by floodwaters after a water main burst in Camden, north London, flooding the street.

Around 60 firefighters were called to the street in Swiss Cottages at 2.50am yesterday, with several homes flooded and around 20 residents carried to safety by firefighters, London Fire Brigade said.



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