Britain’s ‘cold snap’ ends, but risk of heavy rain and flooding

After a few very cold days, temperatures are set to warm up a bit (Image: Stuart Fretwell/Shutterstock)

Britain’s cold spell is set to end this week, with temperatures rising today, but heavy rain could lead to flooding and travel chaos.

After freezing conditions in recent days, Monday could bring temperatures of 14C or 15C in south-west England and North Wales, a Meteorologist said.

It comes after -17.3C was recorded in Braemar, Scotland on Tuesday – the coldest temperature since February 2021.

Elsewhere around the country it has also been low -10C to -15C in recent days.

The Met has issued yellow weather warnings for rain across southern parts of England and South Wales from 18.00 Sunday to 06.00 Tuesday.

It said heavy rain could flood some roads, homes and businesses, potentially causing travel disruption.

“It’s also worth bearing in mind that before this it was obviously so cold so the ground was a bit frozen, drains may have been frozen in places,” Meteorologist Alex Burkill said.

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The colder weather is set to end (Image: Geoffrey Swaine/Shutterstock)

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“As a result, their ability to cope with the rainfall may have been reduced, so that’s why we could see some bigger impacts and that’s why the warning was issued.”

He added: “The drastic change to something milder is going to be quite widespread, maybe south-west England, maybe even north Wales could get 14/15C, elsewhere, although temperatures will largely be in range of 12C to 13C on Monday.’

But he said the north of Scotland could see temperatures in the single figures on Monday.

Speaking on Sunday, he added: “Monday night into Tuesday, for most people, it’s going to be much milder than it has been recently, but we could still see a hint of frost, especially in parts of Scotland.

“And then Tuesday, I think it’s going to be a bit colder again compared to Monday. So the really mild day, Monday, is a flash in the pan if you will.

“I think we’re still looking at highs of 12C, maybe 13C towards the south coast, but apart from that as you go to more central parts and further north we’re going to be in the high singles at best, so quite a drop in terms to Monday.

“The cold period lasted so long and was so extreme that it is over.

“But I think it’s fair to say that the really mild weather that we’ve come through tonight and into tomorrow is going to be very short-lived.

“Things have gone from well below average, tomorrow they’ll go to quite a bit above average, and then they’ll get closer to average as we go through tomorrow night and beyond.”

He added: “What I expect in the run up to and through the Christmas weekend itself is that southern parts will have near normal temperatures, northern parts will be a bit colder and there will also be some changeable weather coming through so with you can quite easily get some wintry weather as we head towards Christmas, mainly to the north.’

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