The UK’s “extremely” cold weather will be easing amid rising temperatures Monday. However, heavy rain could cause flooding and travel disruptions in some parts of England or Wales.
After freezing conditions in recent days, Monday is expected to bring highs of 14C or 15C in south-west England and north Wales due to warmer air coming from the Atlantic.
This could create a jump of 15C within the space of 24 hours in some parts of the country.
It comes after -17.3C was in recorded Braemar in Scotland last Tuesday, while other places around the country experienced lows of -10C to -15C in recent days.
The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for rain across southern parts of England and south Wales until 6am on Tuesday. It said heavy rain could flood roads, homes, businesses, and potentially cause travel disruption.
Alex Burkill, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “It’s good to bear in mind that before this, it was very cold so the ground was a little bit colder, it would have been blocked water and place.
“As a result, their ability to cope with the rain may be reduced, so we may see a greater impact, which is why the warning has been issued.”
He added: “A dramatic change in mild conditions will be widespread, perhaps the South West of England, perhaps even North Wales could get 14/15C, elsewhere it’s good to see temperatures between 12C and 13C on Monday. “
But he said northern Scotland could see temperatures in the single digits on Monday.
“Monday evening into Tuesday will for the most part be milder than it has been recently, but we could still see a touch of frost, particularly in parts of Scotland,” he said.
“And then Tuesday, I think it’s going to be a little colder again compared to Monday. So a very interesting day, Monday, is a fire in the pan if you will.
“I think we’re still looking for highs of 12C, maybe 13C on the south coast, but far from that, as you go further into the central and northern parts, we’re going to be in the middle of the peak. , so a little bit from Monday.”
Commenting on the days ahead, he added: “My expectation going into the Christmas weekend itself is for the south to be near warm, the north to be a bit cooler. winter, and there will be changes in the weather. Going forward you may have colder weather as we go into Christmas, especially in the north.”