UK weather: Snow to sweep country as temperatures plunge to -6C and ‘danger to life’ flood warnings issued

Samuel Lovett
UK weather: Snow to sweep country as temperatures plunge to -6C and ‘danger to life’ flood warnings issued

Further flood warnings have been issued for the UK after snow and rain fell across Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England on Monday morning, with parts of the country still recovering from the damage inflicted by Storm Dennis last weeked.

Temperatures are also set to drop to as low as -6C while 10cm of snow is expected for parts of Britain.

Commuters have been advised to expect traffic disruption as the new working week gets under way.

A man surveys the flooding in Berwick Road, Shrewsbury, near the River Severn, as warnings of further flooding are issued across the UK: PA

A severe flood warning – meaning an imminent “danger to life” – remains in place for the River Severn in Shrewsbury, with a further 188 flood alerts issued for England by the Environment Agency (EA).

The EA said in a statement that heavy rainfalls had caused the Severn’s levels to rise and “flooding of property is expected to continue”.

Parts of the West Midlands and Yorkshire could also be subject to rising floodwaters, the EA added, while yellow warnings for rain and snow have been issued for Northern Ireland and northern England.

England has already received more than 141 per cent of its average rainfall for February, with some regions experiencing an entire month’s worth in a 24-hour period.

“Further spells of rain across England could cause further flooding, particularly in Yorkshire and the Midlands,” said Caroline Douglass, director of incident management at the EA.

“River levels remain high and ongoing river flooding remains probable for the River Severn next week as it responds to heavy rainfall.

“With the effects of climate change, we need to prepare for more frequent periods of extreme weather like this. People need to be aware of their flood risk, sign up to flood warnings, make a flood plan and not to drive or walk through flood water.”

In Scotland, a yellow weather warning has been issued for snow across all but the most northern areas and Aberdeen until 10pm on Monday.

The Met Office said: “Here, two to five centimetres of snow is likely above 100 to 200 metres whilst above 300 metres 10 to 20cm snow may build up.”

Temperatures are also due to fluctuate across the UK on Monday, reaching 11-12C in the south of England and as low as -6C in northern Scotland.

For those parts of the country affected by the cold temperatures, the Met Office has warned commuters to “keep an eye out”.

“At the moment we’re seeing ice and frost overnight most nights, and there are going to be a lot of icy patches around this morning,” Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said.

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency said three flood warnings were in force on Monday morning with four further flood alerts. And in Wales, there were nine flood warnings in force and 19 alerts.

While the extreme weather should settle down over Tuesday and Wednesday – accompanied by a notable dip in temperatures – the Met Office said further heavy rain is expected on Friday.

This raises the prospect of another weekend of floods, with prime minister Boris Johnson still under pressure to visit the UK’s worst-affected communities after neglecting to do so over the course of the past month.

Environment secretary George Eustice told Sky’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday that “in a Cabinet government it’s not a one-man show”.

“It’s right that on certain operational things such as this that the prime minister will ask one of his cabinet members to lead, I can’t see anything wrong with that,” he said.

Additional reporting by PA

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