UK weather forecast – Storm Sebastien to lash Britain with 22ft waves and a month’s rain bringing mo


BRITAIN is braced for more floods as a 900 mile-wide tropical storm brings 22ft waves, three inches’ rain and 50mph gales across the country  Storm Sebastien will buffet the South on Tuesday after spinning north from the Azores, with waves up to 22ft on South-West coasts  The Met Office forecast gales in the South and up to three inches’ rain between today and Wednesday in the South and flood-hit North-East  Storm Sebastien is set to hit the south-west of England and south Wales tomorrow before moving northeastwards TEMPERATURES PLUMMET  The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning across much of southern and western England, amid warnings of high tides, flooding and 50mph gales across the southern coast  The yellow warnings are in place from tonight going into Wednesday.  Some parts of the country could even see up to two inches of rain just weeks after river banks burst in the south-west  The Environment Agency said: “Rain could lead to flooding in parts of the South, south Wales, East and North-East Coastal flooding is possible on Wednesday on the south coast of Wales.  “Land, roads and properties could flood and travel disruption is possible ”  RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: “Allow more time for wet weather trips, slow down and increase stopping distances ”  The Met Office forecast cold polar air arriving from Friday – as shown on a weather map, threatening to remain for much of the next two weeks, with snow in the North and threatening the South  Dreaded temperatures of -5C are set to appear by Saturday in the North.  A Met Office forecaster said: “The beginning of December looks cold for many, with potential for wintry showers in the North, which may spread to higher ground in the South ”  The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “It’s floods then freeze this week, with -5C possible by Saturday night and snow risks in the North ” TRAGIC DEATHS  The devastating weather saw a mum and her teenage daughter crushed to death when a tree fell on their car  Mum-of-three Elaine Reason, 56, and 16-year-old Grace were driving near their home when the horror unfolded on Thursday night in flood-hit Gloucestershire  Emergency crews were scrambled to B4077 at Stanway Hill at 10.15pm yesterday.  But the victims could not be saved SPONSORED CONTENT: How to save £219 a year off your energy bills BEAT energy price rises year after year with Switchcraft It’s free and it could save you an average of £219 a year. 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Click here to get saving!  News UK has a brand partnership with Switchcraft  Large parts of the county has been battered by floods, and the Met Office has warned that by midweek, the East Midlands and South Yorkshire should expect another deluge  A farm is still cut off by floodwater two weeks after a river in Lincolnshire flooded following torrential downpours – but help is finally expected this week  Joe and Henry Ward’s farmhouse and outbuildings were left surrounded by 15ft of water after the Barlings Eau, a river near Lincoln, burst its banks in mid-November TORRENTIAL RAINFALL  More than 1,000 acres of farmland in Lincolnshire was left underwater and a fortnight later the farmers are still having to use a boat to get to their buildings  Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “Remnants of Tropical Storm Sebastien mean it will be windy on Tuesday into Wednesday with gales in the South and South-West, and high spring tides  “It’s not a pretty picture, with warnings for rain for the next few days after some places had three times their normal rain in the first half of the month  “Colder air arrives at the end of the week, perhaps generally hanging on for the first half of December ”  The UK’s weather forecast for the next five days is cold and cloudy for most areas, along with rain  Many other areas will be cloudy, with showery rain in places – and torrential rain in parts of the south and southwest Are you winter weather ready?TWO-thirds of British people have been caught out by severe weather, according to the latest research from the Met Office  This is despite regularly checking the weather forecast.  A huge 74 per cent of those surveyed don’t think they are ready for winter  And 20 per cent admit that they only start winter preparations, such as checking their boiler and pipes and stocking up their freezer, in December  Yet the most cited disruption from bad weather was boilers breaking down and pipes bursting, the survey found  Although more than a quarter (27 per cent) check the weather up to ten times a week, the same small percentage spend time preparing their winter wardrobe (27 per cent) and getting their house ready (22 per cent) for winter  Will Lang, head of civil contingencies at the Met Office, said: “Changeable weather is a fact of life throughout the winter months as the recent heavy rainfall and flooding has shown us  “Taking a small amount of time to prepare now can make a big difference in keeping family, friends and neighbours, as well as property and businesses safe throughout the months ahead ” Prepare a winter kit for your car, such as ice scraper, de-icer, torch, in-car phone charger, warm clothes and blankets Vehicle checks – before setting off, make sure your vehicle has adequate oil and coolant, jack, wheel brace, spare wheel, warning lights and spare keys Property checks – check roof for loose slates or tiles, clear guttering Keep your home warm – heat your home to at least 18C, to keep you warm and healthy Check on others – check on older neighbours and relatives during severe weather, ensuring they have plenty of food and medicine, so they don’t have to go out in really bad weather  But, these showers will “turn heavy and persistent in parts of southwest Britain,” the Met Office said  “Northwestern areas are likely to be brightest again.”  Meanwhile, it will be “slightly less cold generally” across the UK  The Met Office’s outlook into Monday is for “continuing unsettled weather”.  It has forecast wind, “especially in the east”, along with showers “or longer spells of rain for many places, milder than of late, especially overnight ”  We pay for your stories! 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