Flood warnings across UK as temperatures to rocket to 13C TODAY with melting snow and torrential rain

Flood warnings across UK as temperatures to rocket to 13C TODAY with melting snow and torrential rain

February 15, 2021

MELTING snow and torrential rain have sparked flood warnings as temperatures are set to rocket to 13C today.

There are 67 flood alerts in place for the UK today as the record-breaking Big Freeze comes to an end with warmer weather.

After huge amounts of snow in the past week, the milder weather puts many areas in danger of flooding.

The EA advises: "Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses, and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded."

Motorists struggled to drive along flooded roads near Ely in Cambridgeshire this morning after heavy rain overnight.

Drivers tried to get through the deep water after the River Great Ouse burst its banks and the snow and ice thawed.

Today rain will clear across the South East by late morning, while low clouds and fog elsewhere will slowly clear by midday.

This afternoon many areas will see sunny intervals, but there will be showers in the West, which will be heavy in the North West.

Further cloud and rain will move North East across all parts tonight, with some heavy rain expected over hills in the West.

Tomorrow rain will be slow to clear in the South East, but elsewhere sunshine and showers are expected, which will be frequent and heavy in the West and North West.

The mercury could soar as high as 17C by the weekend.

Chief Meteorologist Neil Armstrong of the Met Office said: “For the past week the UK has been in a very cold airmass with temperatures well below average, this will change through the weekend as milder air moves in from the Atlantic and pushes that cold airmass out into the North Sea. 

“From Monday the whole UK will be in the warmer air mass, with daytime temperatures reaching 11-12C in the south, replacing days which never got above freezing the week before.”

On Wednesday night last week, the UK’s coldest temperature for 65 years was recorded in Aberdeenshire when locals endured -23C.

The River Thames froze over for the first time in 60 years as the Beast from the East 2 blasted Britain.

The chilly conditions froze Trafalgar Square's fountains and brought large amounts of snowfall to regions across the country.

In Derbyshire's High Peak area, the impressive Kinder Downfall also froze, turning the 98ft waterfall into a slippery climbing wall.

A record low temperature for February was also recorded in England and Wales when temperatures in Ravensworth, North Yorkshire, dropped to minus 15.3C overnight on Thursday.

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