Brace for the Arctic blast! Met Office issues flood warning from TODAY before cold hits on Monday

Brace for the Arctic blast! Met Office issues two-day flood warning from TODAY before cold snap hits on Monday with temperatures plummeting in the north

  • The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for parts of the south-east of England from today
  • Warning, which came into effect at 3pm today and lasts until midday tomorrow, forecasts possible flooding
  • On Monday, a strong northerly wind sweeping across the country will mean it will feel chilly for many

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Britain is bracing itself for an Arctic blast with torrential downpours forecast over the next two days before temperatures plummet on Monday with icy winds making it feel much colder.

The rain was already on its way on Friday morning as Londoners braved the damp weather with brollies in hand as they crossed London Bridge on their way to work.  

The Met Office issued a two-day yellow weather warning for the south-east of England, which came into effect at 3pm today and will last until midday on Saturday.

The warning, which covers most of Kent and Sussex, forecast potential flooding and difficult travel conditions, which could lead to delays and cancellations of train and bus services, due to the heavy rainfall. 

The weekend washout will be followed by a drop in temperatures as a blast of Cold Arctic air sweeps in from the north, with parts of Scotland feeling like 5C on Monday and 11C in the south. 

Londoners braved the wet weather, with many sporting hoods and umbrellas, as they crossed London Bridge to head to work on Friday  morning

Londoners braved the wet weather, with many sporting hoods and umbrellas, as they crossed London Bridge to head to work on Friday  morning

A yellow weather warning has been issued for the south-east of England from 3pm today until 12pm on Saturday

A yellow weather warning has been issued for the south-east of England from 3pm today until 12pm on Saturday

Map shows the area where a yellow weather warning has been issued by the Met Office as heavy rain with potential flooding has been forecast for the next two days

Temperatures will be below average and the strong northerly wind will mean it will feel chilly for many, according to the Met Office.

Meanwhile, forecasters are predicting snow in Scotland next week as temperatures plummet across the UK with gales and rain expected. 

Northern parts of Scotland could fall below 0C as a chilly blast heads our way, while other parts of the UK may see their night-time temperatures fall to single digits.

Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern told the Sun: ‘Across the UK temperatures are going to be below average for the second half of the weekend and into Monday as well as Tuesday’, adding it would be ‘most likely the coldest air of the season so far.’

Mr McGivern continued: ‘It’s certainly going to feel cold first thing with a touch of frost in the North and chilly winds.’ 

The latest predictions come after snow fell in the Cairngorms and eastern Highlands late last week. And the UK is currently losing daytime at the most rapid rate in the year – roughly four to five minutes every day.

Gales are predicted to engulf the northeast of the UK starting from next Monday and rain can be expected all over the rest of the country, although the southeast should be the driest area. 

It is believed that weather conditions across the entire country will remain changeable right into October, with cold spells and rain interspersed with some sunshine.  

People crossing London Bridge in the rain. A two-day yellow weather warning has been issued by the Met Office, with possible flood risks in the south-east of England

People crossing London Bridge in the rain. A two-day yellow weather warning has been issued by the Met Office, with possible flood risks in the south-east of England

A couple holding hands and umbrellas as they cross over London Bridge in the rain on Friday morning

A couple holding hands and umbrellas as they cross over London Bridge in the rain on Friday morning

Met Office forecaster Annie Shuttleworth said: ‘From Monday there are some signals of some snow showers over the hills in Scotland, fairly typical for the time of year.

‘We’re not expecting snow in any low lying areas. Or any disruption from it.

‘That’s just early next week this risk, from midweek onwards, temperatures are looking to return back to closer to average with more wetter and windier typical autumnal weather and no risk of snow.

‘It’s relatively short-lived and small risk, nothing that will be too disruptive or that’s unusual.’

She said there may also be an overnight risk of frost in northern parts of Scotland early next week, though it will feel warm enough in the day.

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