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UK weather forecast: Met Office 'danger to life' warning for TODAY over flying debris and heavy rain

Mirror logo Mirror 23/09/2018 Dave Burke
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Heavy rain and strong winds could put lives at risk today, with large parts of the country set to be battered by extreme weather, forecasters have warned.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning covering southern England, Wales, the Midlands, Yorkshire and North West England.

a police car parked on the side of a road: The Met Office has warned of flooding and road chaos as a result of tomorrow's extreme weather © North Wales Daily Post The Met Office has warned of flooding and road chaos as a result of tomorrow's extreme weather

It says there is a "danger to life" as a result of flying debris.

The wind and rain are likely to cause chaos on roads and rail networks, and homes and businesses will be at risk of flooding.

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The warning is in place between 6am and midnight on Sunday, during which time up to 50mm of rain could fall in some areas.

A Met Office statement said: "During Sunday there is the potential for a developing weather system to track across southern UK, which is likely to bring a swathe of persistent and at times heavy rain, as well the potential for strong winds.

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"Whilst there remains some uncertainty in the precise track and intensity of the system, and thus the location of the heaviest, most persistent rainfall, many places could see 20-30mm, with up to 50mm possible in some isolated spots.

"With strong winds also forecast in places, and recent heavy rain, drains and culverts blocked by debris could mean impacts in places which would not normally be affected by these rainfall amounts."

And it added: "There is a small chance of injuries and danger to life from flying debris."

It comes as forecasters predicted this winter could be one of the coldest on record, surpassing even last year's Beast from the East.

Tourists queuing outside Westminster Abbey in London shelter from the rain © press association Tourists queuing outside Westminster Abbey in London shelter from the rain

The chilly assault could start as early as the beginning of November hailing a four-month period of ice and snow caused by 'supercharged' low-pressure systems.

According to the long-range weather forecast, El Nino - a band of warm ocean air - could bring a change in air behaviour leading to icy temperatures over to the UK.

Combined with a drop in solar activity, this winter could be one of the coldest in recent years with freezing winds, buckets of snow and minus temperatures all a possibility throughout the season.

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However, long-range forecasts only give an indication of what may happen and the Met Office , for instance, does not offer forecasts longer than 30 days.

Instead, these models give one idea of what the weather could look like months down the line.

One weather forecaster says an intense cold snap could last all the way to February next year, making it similar to the big freeze of 2010, which saw the coldest December since records began in 1910.

a man standing in front of a building © Credits: Daily Mirror James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, told the Express the chilly weather could start to take effect from the second half of October.

Although, happily it may mean a white Christmas .

But he warns there could be more misery in the New Year with snowfall expected in January and beyond.

He said: "All our long-range projections have been showing for quite some time that December is likely to be a colder than average month overall and we are expecting several widespread snowy periods."

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