Cloudy for the majority of the UK and Ireland this morning, with heavy showers across Wales and central and southern parts of England. Eastern Scotland, northern England and Ireland will have outbreaks of showery rain as well. Through this afternoon the showers will continue over most of Wales and southern and eastern parts of England, with thunderstorms likely again, especially towards this evening.
After a cold start to the meteorological Spring, milder conditions are expected towards this weekend, with temperatures possibly reaching 15C (59F). So far, March has felt chilly - temperatures in Central England were lower last week than a couple of the winter months we've just had.
After a brief respite from heavy rain, forecasters have warned that Storm Frank will bring more wet and windy conditions. Here is what we can expect from the sixth named storm of the season: :: An intense low pressure system will pass to the North West of the UK, towards Iceland, but its trailing front will bring heavy rain and strong winds to the North and West through Tuesday night and Wednesday.
The first storm named by the UK Met Office and Met Eireann has been upgraded, with 90mph gusts now possible in northern Scotland. The storm, named Abigail, is the first of a list of names chosen by the public for this autumn and winter.
The first storm named by the UK Met Office and Met Eireann is due to track north-eastwards and hit Scotland on Thursday. The storm, named Abigail, is the first of a list of names chosen by the public for this autumn and winter, and it is expected to bring gale force winds across Scotland, with the risk of damaging gusts to the north.
With less than 24 hours to go, we can now give a firmer forecast for Christmas Day, and whether we are likely to see any snow. For most places it will be a dry and sunny day, but it will feel chilly as the winds will be coming in from a northerly direction, however they will tend to be light.
The long-range weather forecast now goes as far as Christmas Day - and reveals where it is most likely to snow. The data, which at this stage is still open to change, indicates that on 25 December it will be mainly dry and a sunny day for all areas.
Temperatures are set to reach 32C (90F) across many southern parts of Britain over the next few days, leading to the chance of severe thunderstorms. Today, England and Wales will be mainly dry with spells of warm sunshine and it will feel very warm, especially across the southeast.
Where did the Sun go last Saturday morning? It was the day of the Parkinson's UK 'Walk in Greenwich Park' and I was on my way to photograph the event. The air was a little chilly and the sky grey as I walked into the park, but after the recent hot weather I appreciated the change.
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