Storm Barra UK weather forecast – Met Office flood warnings as heavy rain & gale forces winds to batter Britain ALL week

NEARLY ALL of the UK remains under yellow weather warnings for snow and wind.

The Met Office has placed the WHOLE of England and Wales, and three quarters of Scotland, under a severe yellow weather warning for snow and wind.

A chilling map shows the extent of the affected area, with everyone from County Durham to Kent expected to feel the winter chill.

Heavy snow is expected across northern England and Scotland bringing likely travel disruption, especially over higher routes

Read our UK weather live blog for the latest news and updates….

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    How much do I get & how is it paid?

    The cold weather payment is given to households when temperatures are recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees or below, on average, for seven consecutive days.

    After each period of very cold weather in your area, those eligible for the scheme get a £25 payment.

    The payments should arrive within 14 working days.

    The cash is paid into the same bank or building society account as the one used to pay benefits, and doesn’t affect any other allowances you may claim.

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    What is the cold weather payment?

    The cold weather payment is dished out when temperatures are recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees or below, on average, for seven consecutive days.

    When temperatures drop between November 1 and March 31, eligible Brits are entitled to extra money to heat their homes when this happens.

    You get £25 for each seven-day period where the weather is below zero Celsius on average during this time frame.

    You can check if your area has had a cold weather payment by popping your postcode into the government's tool from November 1 onward.

    In 2020, four weather stations in Scotland had cold weather payments triggered by the start of December.

    By March 31 2021, the payments were triggered by 29 weather stations in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, covering more than 470 postcodes.

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    Barra won’t be as impactful as Arwen

    Met Office spokeswoman Nicky Maxey said: “We are not expecting the impacts of Barra to be as bad as we saw with Arwen.

    “Storm Barra will bring strong winds and heavy rainfall to many parts of the UK today.

    “We may see some snow on the higher ground, too.

    “It is unlikely to be as impactful as Storm Arwen last week but there will be blustery conditions so people should still be prepared.”

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    Storm Barra chaos follows in wake of Arwen

    The UK was pounded by strong wind and heavy rain overnight as Storm Barra swept through from the west, felling trees and leaving some areas without power.

    Counties in the south-west of England and in Wales remain under a yellow weather warning until 6pm on Wednesday, meaning residents face delays to transport and the risk of power outages.

    Bryngwyn Comprehensive School in Llanelli, Wales, has been forced to shut temporarily after gusts of more than 70mph ripped part of its roof off on Tuesday evening.

    No-one was injured as most people had left the premises, the school said, although Dyfed-Powys Police were called to the scene to deal with debris that had been blown onto a nearby road.

    Wind speeds of 86mph were recorded in Aberdaron, Gwynedd, just a week after a 81mph gust was recorded in Aberporth, Ceredigion, during Storm Arwen.

    Coastal communities were warned to take care when walking close to piers and harbours, with huge waves hitting seaside towns in Dorset, Devon and Cornwall.

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    Today's weather

    Thursday will be a generally dry day, however there will be large areas of cloud cover around and some patches of mist will linger across northern Britain.

    A few bright spells will develop mostly across central and eastern areas.

    Thick cloud and outbreaks of rain will push in from the south-west during the afternoon.

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    UK weather outlook for Friday and Saturday

    Early spells of rain on Friday will soon clear eastwards. It will then be bright with sunny spells but there will be wintry showers in the north and west.

    Thick cloud cover will spread eastwards on Saturday bringing outbreaks of rain which will become heavy and widespread during the evening.

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    School's closed – can I take the day off work?

    Parents are entitled to take a reasonable amount of emergency unpaid time off work to look after your children is there is an unexpected disruption in their normal care arrangements.

    This could include the closure of a nursery or school due to adverse weather conditions.

    However, this time should be used to make alternative arrangements for their care instead rather than caring for your child.

    Many employers are more flexible though in these circumstances and will allow employees to take holiday at short notice or, if appropriate, to work from home or make the time up.

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    Driver should be careful for debris on roads

    Storm Barra is bringing high winds and drivers should be alert to debris on the roads.

    Sean Sidley, AA patrol of the year, says: “Storm Barra has been battering the UK with strong winds today and it’s very likely trees and debris will be littering the roads. Drivers should be very cautious especially in rural or woody areas. If you see twigs or small branches on the road it could be a sign that a tree has fallen just around the bend, so pay extra attention to the path up ahead.

    “As always in windy weather, leave plenty of space behind other vehicles and adjust your speed to suit the conditions, especially when crossing bridges or passing high-sided vehicles.

    “There may be delays so make sure you bring essentials with you on your journey, even if it is only short, such as warm layers, a hot drink and fully charged mobile phone.”

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    If I can't get to work because of Storm Barra, does my employer have to pay me?

    Sometimes snow makes the journey to work dangerous or downright impossible, leaving some people unable to commute.

    So, will you get paid if you can't make it in work? Unfortunately, there is no automatic legal right to be paid if you miss work due to bad weather.

    Employers are entitled to regard your absence as unauthorised, even if it is due to weather circumstances way out of your control.

    Travelling to work is your responsibility – but exceptions may be made if the company provide transport such as a bus service which is cancelled.

    Some employers may allow staff to use annual leave to cover the snow day or even work from home.

    However, it is important to remember your employer should not force or pressure you to unnecessarily attempt the journey if there are legitimate safety reasons why you should not travel.

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    Barra won't be as impactful as Arwen

    Met Office spokeswoman Nicky Maxey said: "We are not expecting the impacts of Barra to be as bad as we saw with Arwen.

    "Storm Barra will bring strong winds and heavy rainfall to many parts of the UK today.

    "We may see some snow on the higher ground, too.

    "It is unlikely to be as impactful as Storm Arwen last week but there will be blustery conditions so people should still be prepared."

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    Drivers should pack their cars with 5 essentials 

    DRIVERS have been urged to pack their cars with five winter essentials before hitting the road as Storm Barra hits the UK today.

    Storm Barra will no doubt bring with it dangerous road conditions, with slippery black ice increasing the risk of an out-of-control skid and accidents.

    Car insurance provider the AA has shared its essential list of cold journey must-haves – if travel in adverse weather is absolutely essential.

    In case of a breakdown, drivers have been told to bring with them a fully-charged phone to call for help.

    A flask of hot drink is another must-have to fend off the cold when stationary – while a torch can be used to help see as daylight hours get shorter.

    Meanwhile, in case an unfortunate skid sends them off the road, a shovel is needed to make sure drivers can free their cars if stuck in snow.

    The insurer also urges drivers to "fully de-ice" their vehicles prior to heading off – including clearing snow from the windows, lights and the roof to help with visibility.

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    Is Storm Corrie next to wreak havoc?

    Storm Corrie could be named as more gales hit at the weekend and again early next week, said The Weather Company, the world's biggest commercial forecaster.

    Leon Brown, head of meteorological operations at The Weather Company’s Weather Channel arm, said: “After Tuesday, another storm is likely to be named in the next week as very strong Atlantic jet stream winds create more deep low pressure areas.”

    The Met Office will name Storm Corrie when another Atlantic weather system has potential for amber warnings for wind, with rain or snow impacts also considered.

    A Met Office forecaster said: “It will often be windy and rather cold into Saturday. More strong winds will follow across the country, with hill snow likely in the North. Further ahead, the chance of gales persists.”

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    Odds on snow on Xmas day – city locations

    According to Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, here's where we're most likely to get snow on Christmas day.

    11/4      Aberdeen (Airport)

    3/1         Glasgow (Airport)

    3/1         Edinburgh (Airport)

    4/1         Birmingham (Airport)

    4/1         Newcastle (Airport)

    9/2         Belfast (Airport)

    5/1         London (City Airport)

    6/1         Cork (Airport)

    6/1         Leeds (Leeds Bradford Airport)

    6/1         Dublin (Airport)

    8/1         Liverpool (Airport)

    8/1         Cardiff (Airport)

    8/1         Bristol (Airport)

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    UK long range weather forecast for Dec 5 – Dec 14

    Rain and strong winds likely to clear Sunday morning from southeastern areas, with a mixture of sunny spells and showers elsewhere.

    Showers mainly confined to coastal districts with inland areas likely to remain largely dry.

    Rather cold with overnight frost and icy patches possible. For the rest of the period, unsettled weather dominates with spells of wet and windy weather, interspersed by interludes of sunshine and showers.

    More prolonged spells of rain are possible, heavy at times. Initially these more likely across the south and west, although the greatest risk probably transfers north through the period, which could then see rain turning wintry at times.

    Generally cold, with milder interludes briefly in the south. Overnight frost and icy patches likely throughout.

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    Name meanings behind the storms

    Other names included on the list are Kim, with reasons behind its nomination including a ‘whirlwind’ relative and a self-confessed weather watcher.  

    Logan, a name of Scottish origin, was nominated by several parents and grandparents, including a mention of a grandson who “runs through the house like a tornado” and one who is “as quick as lightning” when playing as a goalkeeper. 

    A cat who “comes in and acts like a storm”, has also found her name on the list, with Storm Ruby making the final cut. This is a name that was also nominated for a daughter who “leaves a trail of destruction” when she comes in the house.  

    Dudley fought off competition from seven other names beginning with D to top a poll which ran on Twitter last week which had over 12,000 votes.

    One reason Dudley was originally submitted was for a couple who are due to get married in 2022 and will then share the last name of Dudley. They wrote, “We find it comical to name a storm for us getting married.”

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    Too long without power for many – PM

    Boris Johnson said "too many people have spent too long without power" as a result of Storm Arwen as communities faced a further battering from Storm Barra.

    Asked whether the situation in northern England was acceptable, the Prime Minister told reporters: "No, I don't think it is.

    "Too many people have spent too long without power, I have spoken over the last few days to some of the people involved, particularly to the authorities at Northern Powergrid who explained some of the massive technical difficulties they have had in dealing with the effects of Storm Arwen."

    The Prime Minister said the firm blamed high winds and frozen equipment but those explanations were "no consolation to thousands of people who have been without power".

    "At the moment they have restored power to 99.9% of those who were without power but what is clear is there are still hundreds more who don't have it."

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    Rail disruptions likely

    Forecasters say Storm Barra is not expected to cause as much chaos as Storm Arwen – though it has already sparked travel delays and school closures in Scotland.

    Disruption to the travel network is likely, with snow and heavy rain in some areas until Wednesday.

    ScotRail has already warned that some Wednesday services will be cancelled due to the storm.

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    Environment Agency warnings

    Dozens of flood warnings have been issued across the UK in the past few days with at least 10 still in place.

    The Environment Agency has issued five flood warnings for England at locations including Christchurch Habour Side, Dorest coast at Preston Beach and West Bay Harbour.

    There's also 44 flood alerts in place, indicating rising waters are possible in areas such as Irish Sea from New Brighton to Hoylake, Lower River Medway North, Medway North Sea Coast at Bridlington and River Trent in Derbyshire.

    The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has three flood warnings and five alerts in place for areas in the north-east of Scotland and the south-west.

    Natural Resources Wales has also issued two flood warnings and nine alerts, mainly covering coastal areas.

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    Betting on a white Xmas

    Bookmaker Paddy Power have reported a 60% increase on bets on for Brits to experience a white Christmas this year.

    England is 2/1 to get snow on Christmas day – in from 5/2 this time last year, while the luck of the Irish could run out with 6/1 odds on a snowfall in Ireland.

    Aberdeen (11/4) is the most likely city to get snow on Christmas day, while the chances of a snow-filled London are a longer 5/1.

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    Explained: Where is Storm Barra now

    Disruptions struck on December 7 as Storm Barra is set to bring some winds up to 80 mph, and up to eight inches of snow.

    The 1,000-mile wide storm will brought snow, strong gales, and freezing temperatures.

    The Met Office upgraded its warnings to add an alert to drivers about icy roads from December 6 at 9pm to December 7 at 9am.

    Forecaster Marco Petagna said: “It looks a nasty weather system, with low pressure deepening rapidly. It's going to be very windy.”

    Storm Barra hit Ireland by the end of December 6, and has gradually travelled eastwards overnight.

    Those in the south-west and Wales woke up to wind and rain on December 7 with strong gusts developing throughout the day.

    Snow developed in Northern Ireland, the Midlands and Scotland by lunchtime, with rain sweeping into the rest of England by the afternoon.

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    Energy bosses ridiculed

    ENERGY chiefs felt the heat on Monday after blaming the Storm Arwen power-cut crisis on the wrong type of wind.

    More than 150,000 households were without heating or electricity for up to 11 days.

    But industry bosses offered no apology to MPs — instead saying trees which downed power lines had been hit from a surprise direction.

    As new, 80mph Storm Barra battered the country last night, one freezing pub landlady scoffed: “The wind blows from every direction.

    "That’s what wind does.”

    Paul McGimpsey, director of regulation at the Energy Networks Association, told MPs: “The wind came in a north- easterly direction.

    "It’s not the prevailing wind that you would expect and as such trees fell differently on to the lines.”

    Read more here.

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    Lights back on for thousands as supplier restores power

    Householders across Scotland who had their electricity supplies disrupted by Storm Barra can now turn the lights back on after power was restored.

    Around 1,000 customers were still off the grid on Wednesday morning because of disruption caused by the second winter storm of the season, supplier Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks said.

    But the network has now confirmed that supplies to all of its customers in the north of Scotland had been restored just before 7pm.

    John Swinney, Deputy First Minister, had told MSPs in Holyrood on Wednesday that he acknowledged the "inconvenience and hardship" caused for those affected – some of whom had only recently had their power switched back on after the damage caused by Storm Arwen.

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    Weather summary for Thursday

    Showers easing away northeastwards with many parts fine for a time, particularly the east.

    Rain returning to western parts by lunchtime then gradually moving eastwards.

    Becoming milder in southwest.

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    Environment Agency warnings

    Dozens of flood warnings have been issued across the UK in the past few days with at least 10 still in place.

    The Environment Agency has issued five flood warnings for England at locations including Christchurch Habour Side, Dorest coast at Preston Beach and West Bay Harbour.

    There’s also 44 flood alerts in place, indicating rising waters are possible in areas such as Irish Sea from New Brighton to Hoylake, Lower River Medway North, Medway North Sea Coast at Bridlington and River Trent in Derbyshire.

    The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has three flood warnings and five alerts in place for areas in the north-east of Scotland and the south-west.

    Natural Resources Wales has also issued two flood warnings and nine alerts, mainly covering coastal areas.

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    UK long range weather forecast for Dec 5 – Dec 14

    Rain and strong winds likely to clear Sunday morning from southeastern areas, with a mixture of sunny spells and showers elsewhere.

    Showers mainly confined to coastal districts with inland areas likely to remain largely dry.

    Rather cold with overnight frost and icy patches possible. For the rest of the period, unsettled weather dominates with spells of wet and windy weather, interspersed by interludes of sunshine and showers.

    More prolonged spells of rain are possible, heavy at times. Initially these more likely across the south and west, although the greatest risk probably transfers north through the period, which could then see rain turning wintry at times.

    Generally cold, with milder interludes briefly in the south. Overnight frost and icy patches likely throughout.

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