Multiple yellow weather warnings are in place for wind and heavy rain in parts of Wales and the East of England, which could disrupt travel plans while properties in Scotland remain without power after the storm. Storm Gerrit
Britons planning New Year’s Eve celebrations are being urged to travel today to avoid weather chaos as the Met Office issues new warnings.
Conditions in many parts of the UK could be near freezing as the clock strikes midnight.
The first weather of 2024 is expected to continue to be unsettled with strong winds and heavier rain as the new year begins. A yellow weather warning for wind covering parts of Wales and eastern England has been issued and will be in force from 11am Saturday, December 30 until 3am Sunday, December 31. twelfth.
The Met Office said a front of strong and gusty winds will move east across England and Wales, causing some disruption to travel and services. Another yellow weather warning, this time for rain, has been issued across Wales between 10am and 6pm on Saturday, December 30, which could lead to flooding and traffic disruption.
A yellow weather warning for rain will also come into force at 4am on Saturday, December 30 for Northern Ireland, remaining in force until 11am on the same day. The new warnings come on the heels of Hurricane Gerrit, which caused devastation in many parts of the country. Hundreds of homes in Scotland remain without power as the clean-up process begins, but electricity bosses are “very confident” that the remaining 750 homes will be reconnected today. Thousands of homes in Ceredigion were also left without power yesterday after lightning struck supplies in Wales.
Train passengers with tickets for December 31 are being asked to use them today on Northern Rail and are warning anyone using rail services the next day will “expect disruption” .
Cross Country said its services may be “cancelled at the last minute” as LNER, Avanti West Coast and London Northwestern Railway have asked passengers to check before travelling.
The Met Office said its Irish counterpart, Met Eireann, could name another storm – Storm Hank – as a “deep depression” pushed strong winds across the Republic of Ireland on Saturday. Meteorologist Alex Burkill said on Saturday it will turn “wet and windy” across the UK with a band of “intense rain” heading east and north-east, bringing the risk of wind gusty and possibly “strong winds” in exposed locations.
In a video forecast, Mr Burkill said northern areas as well as high ground areas in Scotland could expect to see “significant snowfall”, with accumulations of 10 to 20cm possible on the highest lands. “There is the potential for some snow accumulation, even at perhaps 100m, we could see some slushy snow, so we could see some traffic disruptions again due to the wind, rain and some snow as we’ve seen over the past few years.” recent days,” he said.
Drizzle and showers are expected to continue into Sunday, with the heaviest and most frequent falls across western parts of the UK. And the mercury is expected to drop on Sunday. Mr Burkill said: “As we head towards the end of the day on New Year’s Eve and the strong shower theme continues, some of those showers will start to taper off as we move towards midnight .
“So maybe it’s going to be a little drier around, clearer skies but be careful of those showers and you’ll also want to dress quite warm because although it hasn’t been particularly cold lately , when you’re under the influence of strong, fierce winds, it will feel almost freezing in many places. So it will definitely feel cold when the clock strikes midnight.”
New Year’s Day will become drier for many people, especially in parts of south-central England and across Scotland with the “central part” of the UK most likely to see showers. “As we look at the rest of the first week of 2024 and into Tuesday, it looks like it’s going to be a dry day with good weather all around before returning to something unpredictable. more stable – heavy rain, strong winds and that brings the potential for something a bit colder and possibly wintry,” Mr Burkill said.