Forecasters say falling temperatures will lead to snow and ice in some areas of England within the next 24 hours. Meanwhile, more than 170 flood warnings remain in place across the country.
Sunday, January 7, 2024 14:54, United Kingdom
The Met Office has issued a new weather warning – and says snow showers are coming and could become “quite heavy” tomorrow.
A yellow warning will come into force at 4am on Monday, stating ice and snow could affect roads and train services in the Greater London, Kent, Surrey, East Sussex and West areas Sussex.
Meanwhile, an amber cold health warning has been issued by the Met Office and the UK Health Security Agency for the North West of England, the West Midlands, the East Midlands and the South West of England. This will be in place until Friday.
A yellow cold health warning remains in place for the North East of England, Yorkshire and the Humber, the East of England, the South East of England and London for much of next week.
It comes as many parts of the country try to recover from it the aftermath of Typhoon Henkcausing widespread flooding and two deaths, while more than 170 flood warnings remain in place.
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The yellow weather warning said temperatures would drop to near zero in the early hours of Monday morning as “sleet and sleet” arrived, the Met Office said.
Their forecasters predict that the heaviest snow will fall on the North Downs in Sussex.
The Met Office has warned the public that journeys could take longer on Monday morning. They urged people to take extra time and try to stick to main roads when walking or cycling.
Sky weather presenter Jo Wheeler said: “At this time of year, clearer conditions with light winds could lead to overnight frost, fog and frost spreading on roads and pavements summer.
“Today we are seeing a cold front move into southern areas with the possibility of showers overnight in the form of sleet or snow on higher ground.
“With nighttime temperatures near freezing, even in towns and cities, there is a risk of showers falling on frozen surfaces and turning to ice immediately.”
The yellow ice warning expires at 10 a.m. Monday.
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According to the latest announcement, the amber cold health warning “means the impact of cold weather could be felt across the health service for an extended period, potentially making the entire population people are at risk”.
The UK Health Security Agency has urged anyone with pre-existing conditions or over the age of 65 to be especially cautious in cold weather and to “heat the rooms where you spend most of your time” during cold weather. next day.
Parts of England are currently facing travel problems as rail services between London Paddington, Heathrow Airport and Reading today faced major disruption.
Damaged overhead wires caused delays of up to an hour and schedules were revised.
Concerns about river water levels remaining high
A total of 172 flood warnings and 176 flood warnings remain in place in England, the Environment Agency (EA) said.
More than 1,800 homes in the UK have been flooded and the EA has warned that many more could be flooded in the coming days as river levels continue to rise and more rain is forecast.
Debbie Carling, who lives in a small house on the banks of the River Thames in Chertsey, told Sky News she was increasingly worried about how rising water levels would affect her family’s home.
She has lived in the town for 17 years and said three out of every four cases of serious flooding occurred in the past two years.
In 2014, her basement was completely flooded and since then she has had to spend “a significant amount of money” on an automatic flood water pumping system.
She said the system has been pumping non-stop for more than a week.
“We are at the peak right now and we need it to start to decline quite quickly,” she added. “We’ve put a lot of things in storage over the past few days.”
In Somerset, England’s oldest lido – Cleveland Pools – is currently closed following flooding. Lido reopened to the public last year after a £9.3m refurbishment.
The government is under pressure after Typhoon Henk
Cyclone Henk devastated many parts of the country earlier this week and today the government had to calling for “wake up and smell the flood water” amid concerns that climate change is making extreme weather events more common.
The government does announced the financial package for eligible areas of the UK that have faced exceptional localized flooding.
Prime minister Rishi Sunak traveled to Oxfordshire to meet affected residents.
He spoke to people on their doorsteps before meeting Environment Agency staff at a depot near the still flooded road.
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Speaking to the media beside the River Thames, Mr Sunak said: “Flooding has been having a devastating impact on communities up and down the country.
“I was in the East Midlands last week and today I’m in Oxfordshire speaking to some of those affected, but also thanking our first responders who have worked so hard. great last week.
“We have more than 1,000 Environment Agency staff on site helping local communities, more than 200 pumps have been deployed.
“We have invested £5.2 billion in flood defenses over this period, which is a record amount, more than we have done (previously), going forward, This has contributed to protecting more than 300,000 homes.
And of course, there are many people affected by what happened over the past week, but there are also over 49,000 people affected by the flooding.”