Storm Barra is just hours away from bringing the risk of snow to parts of the north and high winds to Bristol and the South West.
The Atlantic storm will barrel in across the Republic of Ireland before sparking a number of severe weather warnings across the UK on Tuesday (December 7).
These include snow alerts across northern England and Scotland and wind alerts across most of the UK.
Below, we look at the Met Office forecast for Bristol, what to expect from Storm Barra, and the South West and the long-range forecast for the UK.
The bad weather will start arriving in Bristol on Monday morning, the Met Office says, with heavy rain until noon before clearing in the afternoon. Temperatures up to 9C and lows of 3C.
Tuesday sees that Storm Barra warning for wind in place from 9am to midnight, with heavy rain forecast from 11am to 4pm.
Wind speeds could reach up to 44mph at noon.
The next day, Wednesday, will see more heavy rain in the morning before clearing (7C/5C).
Thursday and Friday look more settled, cloudy, with temperatures up to 8C and down to 4C.
Storm Barra – what to expect
- Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely
- Probably some bus and train services affected, with some journeys taking longer
- Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges likely
- Some short term loss of power and other services is possible
- It’s likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves
Frank Saunders, a chief meteorologist at the Met Office. He said: “Strong winds arriving across the west through Tuesday morning, will spread inland and reach eastern areas through the afternoon and early evening. Gusts of 45-50 mph are expected widely, with 60-70 mph in exposed coastal locations. The strongest winds will ease across inland areas into the overnight period.”
Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Brent Walker said: “A band of rain will turn to snow across northern England and Scotland through Tuesday. Two to five cm of snow is expected to accumulate quite widely across the warning area, but locally this could reach ten cm, particularly in parts of the Southern Uplands and Highlands.”
He added: “Strong south-easterly winds will also lead to snow drifting in places, particularly over the highest routes, adding to poor visibilities.”
Met Office South West forecast
Today: Cloudy with occasionally heavy rain spreading east during the morning. Brighter skies with sunny spells and blustery showers quickly following from the west. A cold day, becoming windy, especially near coasts. Maximum temperature 11C.
Tonight: Cloudy overnight with the odd isolated blustery shower, these easing during the second half of the night before cloud increases form the west during the second half of the night. Minimum temperature 3C.
Tuesday: Storm Barra arrives in from the west during the morning. Becoming very windy with gales and severe gales particularly near the coasts. Outbreaks of heavy rain with blustery showers following. Maximum temperature 5C.
Outlook for Wednesday to Friday: Unsettled and cold on Wednesday with strong winds and showers. Drier briefly on Thursday before more rain arrives for Friday, temperatures close to or slightly below average.
Met Office UK long-range forecast
Friday, December 10 to Sunday, December 19
Remaining largely unsettled on Friday, particularly in the west, with showers or longer spells of rain at times, and snow possible across higher ground, mainly in the north. Looking drier in the east with some brighter spells. Generally light winds, and temperatures near to, or slightly below average. Showers and longer spells of rain for most through the weekend, with some hill snow likely at times, mainly in the north. Temperatures generally around average. Stronger winds at times, especially in the west, where these may reach gale force. Further into the period, blustery showers and longer spells of rain for a time before more settled conditions look likely to develop, most likely with milder temperatures, but a chance of some briefer colder interludes, bringing an occasional risk of frost.
Monday, December 20 to Monday, January 3
Going into the Christmas period, it is likely to be milder than earlier in the month, with temperatures near to, or above normal, although some colder spells remain possible. It is likely to become more settled around Christmas and towards New Year with increased chance of overnight frost and fog during clearer spells.