Britons are bracing to see off 2020 with temperatures below freezing in some parts of the UK in the coldest day of the year.Places like Topcliffe, North Yorkshire, recorded a low of -7.5C as part of the cold snap, which has brought snow to areas including the north west of England and northern Wales.The Met Office has warned of an icy New Year’s Day and the RAC urged drivers to have caution when travelling.Read more: Police warn that New Year’s Eve parties ‘should not be happening’It followed the coldest night of winter, which reached a low of -10.2C in Dalwhinnie in the Scottish Highlands.Met Office forecaster Clare Nasir said: “New Year’s Eve will bear with it again the risk of rain, sleet and snow, another feature sliding down the country from northern Scotland.“Particularly inland and over the hills we will see some snow.“Many of us will see some brighter weather, with still a keen breeze keeping things very cold indeed, and again the risk of ice as we head into New Year’s Day, with again a wintry mix coming and going, and a fairly widespread frost.”However, Brits still took advantage of the snow to sledge, take the dogs out in it – and snap some stunning photography.
Forecasters have issued several yellow weather warnings as wintry conditions are set to continue across the UK.
Met Office forecasters said that while temperatures will drop next week, they won't be low enough for snow to settle.
Rain, sleet and snow fell across large parts of Britain on Friday with reports of 'thundersnow' storms in Scotland.
Three lifeboats battled incredibly difficult conditions to stop the cargo vessel from being dashed against rocks off the Irish coast.
Britain has been hit by heavy rain and flooding as Storm Alex battered the country at the weekend.Pictures from across the UK showed cars underwater, rivers bursting their banks and people being rescued after the storm soaked the country.More than 20 flood warnings were put in place and more than 80 flood alerts following the deluge.Flooding was reported in the south-east as well as in Hertfordshire, Northumberland and West Lothian in Scotland.Amber weather warnings were put in place for parts of the country but the heavy rain was due to ease on Sunday, according to the Met Office.
Hurricane Laura made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 storm early Thursday morning. The storm has battered large portions of the state as well as Texas and parts of Florida. It has since been downgraded to a Category 1 storm. At least one person has died so far, and an estimated 500,000 are without power as Laura continues inland. Authorities are warning of an "unsurvivable" storm surge, with floodwaters expected to reach over 15 feet in some areas.
Incredible images of weather phenomena from across the globe have been released as the finalists for this year’s ‘Weather Photographer of the Year 2020’ competition are revealed.More than 7,700 photographs were submitted by over 2,600 photographers, and entries depicted everything from clouds, lightning, rain, fog and snow through to the impact of weather on humans, cities and the natural landscape.The contest, run by The Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS), in association with AccuWeather, offers a first prize of £500 plus a HERO8 Go Pro camera and a year’s membership of RMetS.To see the shortlisted images and vote for your favourite, visit photocrowd.com/wpotyvote. The vote is open from now and closes 25 September at midnight (BST).
Workers at the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy, Fife, found their cars underwater after their staff car park flooded in torrential rain.
Britain basked in scorching sunshine over the weekend after temperatures reached 36 degrees across the country on Friday.The highest recorded temperatures that day were at Kew Gardens and Heathrow airport in London, both registering 36.4 degrees, but across the south east and up to Suffolk the mercury hit 35 to 36 degrees for large parts of the day.On the first day of a predicted five-day heatwave people flocked to beaches and parks to soak up the sun, despite warnings from local councils and Public Health England of the potential risks to health.Bournemouth Council issued a ‘red alert’ for six of its beaches, pleading for visitors to stay away, and Public Health England appealed for people to check on elderly and vulnerable neighbours, saying: “A lot of homes can overheat, so it’s important we continue to check on older people and those with underlying health conditions, particularly if they’re living alone and may be socially isolated.”The RSPCA warned of the dangers for pets and urged caution by owners when out and about.Craig Snell from the Met Office told Yahoo News UK: “Friday was the hottest August day in England since 2003. Last Friday temperatures reached 37.8 degrees but that was one hot day, this current spell is expected to last into early next week.”The weekend continued to bring good weather, with Sunday bringing a temperature of 34C at Herstmonceux, East Sussex, and 33.8C at both Heathrow, London, and Gosport, Hampshire, the Met Office said.However, Saturday saw HM Coastguard deal with 340 incidents across the UK, which is the highest number of callouts on a single day for more than four years.
Charity pleads for animal-lovers to protect their pets as the UK faces the hottest day of the year so far.