Weather forecast today – Snow in LONDON next week as Arctic blast rips through UK bringing sub-zero misery

LONDON could see snow next week as a wave of cold air moves in from the Arctic and temperatures plummet across the country.

The Arctic blast will bring sub-zero weather to parts of the UK, including temperatures as low as -10C in Scotland.

It comes as bookies slashed odds of a White Christmas this year, with the festive period expected to be the coldest since the early 2010s.

Ladbrokes is now offering 5/4 for snowfall on Christmas Day, down from 6/4 earlier this month.

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  • Niamh Cavanagh

    SUNRAYS BREAK THROUGH THE CLOUDS ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT

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    Maintenance workers closed the line then discovered a stone had fallen from the viaduct’s central pier, large cracks had formed and there was a 3ft-deep hole under the foundations.

    A probe by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch discovered “major flaws” in the bridge-monitoring and safe ty assessment programme.

    HM Chief Inspector of Railways Ian Prosser said: “We welcome this outcome by the Crown Office.

    “Our investigation revealed that Network Rail staff were unaware that they held safety- critical duties under Ne twork Rail’s processes to manage infrastructure during extreme weather.

    “The viaduct was on Network Rail’s list of highrisk structures vulnerable to being washed away by moving water, yet despite this being a known issue, severe damage went unrecognised because Network Rail failed to implement its own procedures which would have meant no passenger trains should have passed over the viaduct.

    “This verdict should be a reminder to Network Rail, as it progresses plans led by its two new taskforces, that it must continue to acknowledge and act to guard against the serious impact of severe weather on infrastructure.”

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    NETWORK RAIL FINED FOR ALLOWING TRAINS TO TRAVEL UP AT 110MPH OVER A STORM-DAMAGED VIADUCT

    Network Rail has been fined after allowing trains to travel at up to 110mph over a storm-damaged viaduct which had a 3ft hole under its foundations.

    They did not realise the extent of the damage caused to Lamington Viaduct in South Lanarkshire, at first, but later shut the line for seven weeks for major repairs.

    The firm was yesterday (23 Nov) ordered to pay £10,000 at Lanark Sheriff Court, after admitting a breach of health and safety regulations.

    Lamington Viaduct had been left damaged during heavy rain from Storm Frank on December 31 2015. That morning a driver reported a fault on the track and trains were told to cross at a low speed while an investigation was carried out.

    Network Rail staff found “no significant track defects” and the restriction was relaxed.

    It was later reimposed when the 5.57am Crewe to Glasgow crossed the structure at 110mph and staff noticed “large track movements” beneath them.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    TEMPERATURES IN THE NEXT HOUR

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    THE PAST 24 HOURS IN WEATHER

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    GOOD NEWS – IT'S WEEK CLEAR OF WEATHER WARNINGS

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    A LOOK AT THE WEEK AHEAD

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    WEATHER TODAY

    Rain, heavy in places, continues across many northwestern areas although somewhat brighter in the far northwest.

    Elsewhere largely dry with some brighter interludes although a little drizzle on some western hills.

    Mild away from the far northwest.

    Windy in places.

    (Met Office)

  • Britta Zeltmann

    OUTLOOK FOR TONIGHT

    Temperatures are expected to be mild and cloudy tonight but largely dry in southeastern areas.

    It's set to be a wet evening in the north east, with rain which will sink into Wales, northern and western England.

    Clearer, colder weather will follow, with scattered showers in western Scotland, according to the Met Office.

    The forecaster's map below shows the weather for 9pm tonight.

  • Britta Zeltmann

    TODAY’S FORECAST

    It’s set to be a rainy day for many, particularly in the north west.

    Elsewhere will be largely dry, with some brighter spells throughout the day.

    The map below shows the outlook for midday on Tuesday, according to the Met Office.

  • Christy Cooney

    SNOW 'COULD FALL IN LONDON NEXT WEEK'

    London could be set to see snow before the end of this week, forecasters have said.

    It comes as temperatures across the country are set to fall as a wave of cold air moves in from the Arctic.

    According to The Met Check website, there is a 50 percent chance of snow in the capital on Tuesday December 1.

  • Christy Cooney

    THREE FLOOD ALERTS IN PLACE IN ENGLAND

    Three flood alerts are currently in place across England, according to the Environment Agency.

    Two alerts are in place in the Lake District following heavy rain.

    One is for the area surrounding Lake Windermere, while the other is at the south end of the Derwent Water lake.

    A flood warning is also in place in Keswick at the northern end of the lake.

    An alert is also in place for areas around the River Thame, east of Oxford, although the agency said that property flooding is not currently expected.

    Full details here.

  • Christy Cooney

    IN PICTURES – THE SUN SETS OVER FARMLAND IN CAMBRIDGESHIRE THIS EVENING

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    TEMPERATURES TO REMAIN MILD OVERNIGHT

    Temperatures across the UK are to remain mild overnight.

    It comes with temperatures expected to fall this week as a blast of cold air moves in from the Arctic.

    The Met Office temperature map for 3am on Tuesday shows temperatures in low double figures across the south and north of England.

    Lows of 8C will be seen in the east.

    Scotland will be colder, but will still see temperatures remain above 7C, while Northern Ireland will see lows of 8C.

  • Christy Cooney

    FOUR FLOOD ALERTS IN FORCE IN SOUTHERN SCOTLAND

    Floods alerts are currently in place in four regions in the south of Scotland.

    The alerts apply to Ayrshire and Arran, Dumfries and Galloway, Scottish Borders, and West Central Scotland.

    The Scottish Environment Protection Agency said the alerts would remain in place until further notice.

    Full details on the agency's website.

  • Christy Cooney

    IN PICTURES – A CYCLIST RIDES THROUGH EARLY MORNING FROST IN EPPING FOREST, LONDON TODAY

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    OVERNIGHT FROSTS IN PARTS THIS WEEK

    Parts of the UK are set to see overnights frosts and temperatures fall this week.

    It comes as an arctic blast of cold air moves towards the country from the north.

    The Met Office forecast for Wednesday to Friday reads: “[It will be] cloudy across parts of the south with rain on Wednesday before turning drier.

    “Brighter and clearer conditions elsewhere with overnight frosts and stubborn morning fog patches. Rather cold.”

  • Christy Cooney

    FLOOD ALERTS LIFTED IN OXFORD AND NORFOLK

    The Environment Agency has lifted flood alerts previously in place in Oxford and Norfolk.

    An alert was previously in place in areas surrounding the River Ray and its tributaries northeast of Oxford following heavy rain.

    The agency said river levels have now fallen again but that it continued to monitor the situation.

    An alert was also previously in place along the River Yare in Norfolk – from Thorpe St Andrew to Breydon Water.

    The agency said river levels are now “well below the flood risk thresholds” but added: “Continue to take care on waterside roads and footpaths, and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger.”

  • Christy Cooney

    IN PICTURES – THE SUN SETS OVER THE BEACH AT EYPE IN DORSET THIS EVENING

  • Christy Cooney

    FLOORD WARNING IN LAKE DISTRICT

    A flood warning has been issued in part of the Lake District, with overnight rain expected to push river levels up.

    The Environment Agency has said that flooding of property, roads and farmland is expected from 7am tomorrow (Tuesday) morning.

    It is expected to hit low lying areas around the shores of Derwent Water Lake, particularly the frontage of the Keswick Camping and Caravan Club Site at the lake's northern end.

    A flood alert is also in place for areas surrounding Lake Windermere.

    Full details here.

  • Christy Cooney

    RAIN FOR NORTHWEST ON TUESDAY

    Rain is expected to hit the northwest tomorrow before moving across the country, weather watchers have said.

    The Met Office's Tuesday forecast reads: “A band rain will continue to affect northwestern parts, edging slowly southeastwards later.”

    It adds that the south will remain dry, with cloud breaks allowing some sunny spells.

  • Shayma Bakht

    IN PICTURES: Deer herd enjoying the crisp autumn weather today at Ashton Court Estate, Bristol

  • Shayma Bakht

    WEEK AHEAD:

    Met Office says: “Cloudy across parts of the south with rain on Wednesday before turning drier [on Thursday and Friday].

    “Brighter and clearer conditions elsewhere with overnight frosts and stubborn morning fog patches. Rather cold.”

  • Shayma Bakht

    FREAK CYCLONE TO HIT SOMALIA AND GIVE TWO YEARS' WORTH RAINFALL

    The strongest tropical cyclone ever measured in the northern Indian Ocean has made landfall in eastern Africa, where it is expected to create two years' worth of rainfall over the next two days.

    Tropical Cyclone Gati made landfall in Somalia on Sunday with sustained winds of around 105 mph. It's the first recorded hurricane-system hitting the country.

    At one point its speed was 115 mph.

  • Shayma Bakht

    IN PICTURES: flooded fields near Pymoor in Cambridgeshire captured this morning

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