Extreme weather causes Whaley Bridge dam collapse - Derbyshire town is being evacuated in the midst of fears flooding could make the dam burst. 1st August 2019

The Environment Agency have begun calls for the area of Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire to be evacuated. 
Thousands of people are being evacuated due to the floods in the area, declaring that lives are at risk as a result of the damn wall collapsing at Toddbrook Reservoir. 
The reservoir sits above the town, situated at High Peak 181 metres above sea level. 

Toddbrook is popular amongst families including runners, walkers and cyclists.
Tracks and bridleways in the area have been closed temporarily.
A police warning advises the town's 6,500 residents  to gather at nearby Chapel High school where further information will be available.

Whaley Bridge Dam
Whaley Bridge Dam (source Google Maps)


Significant localised flooding is expected. Local people should stay with friends or family where at all possible. Substantial rainfall in recent days has caused the reservoir to overflow. As a result there is now a real risk of the village flooding. 

The Canal And River Trust said in a statement: "We've been notified that there has been some damage to the spillway at Toddbrook Reservoir which feeds the Peak Forest Canal. We have a team of engineers on site at the moment assessing the damage and determining what the next steps are."

There is a yellow weather warning for rain in place from the Met Office for the area until 20:00.

Blood Rain - Sahara Sand Storm Expected To Affect The UK This Weekend 11th / 12th April

Shara Dust Storm

Sahara storm brings fine sand and dust to parts of the UK.

Just over a year ago, on the 31st of March 2014, red dust, kicked up by Saharan sand storms, travelled 2000 miles on northerly winds and caused air pollution levels to rise severely in the UK. Thousands of homes in the South of the UK, woke to find a fine layer of red dust on their windows and car windscreens.

This weekend, the 11th and 12th of April, the same is expected to happen. Storms in the Sahara have once again whipped up sand into a fine dust, and it's on it's way to us.

Although the problems are likely to be short lived, health officials have issued a warning about the high level of pollution in Britain in the coming days. Adults and children with lung or heart problems, and older people have been advised to avoid strenuous activity. And you may want to hold off on having your car valeted until after the weekend.

The dust could fall as 'Blood Rain', a term used when rain mixes with sand from deserts, overnight into Saturday morning. Many people in the south may wake up on Saturday morning to find their cars, windows and garden furniture, covered in a fine film of red dust.

Yellow Weather Warning Of Ice - Scotland / NW England - Sunday 23rd March

Yellow weather warning of ice

Yellow weather warning of ice for parts of Scotland and North West England.

The Met office have issued a Yellow weather warning of ice for most of Scotland and North West England on the morning of the 23th March.

Areas affected are Central, Tayside & Fife, Grampian, Highlands & Eilean Siar, North East England, North West England, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders, Strathclyde and Yorkshire & Humber.

The weather warning is in force until 9am on Sunday 23rd.

Icy patches are expected to develop overnight where wet surfaces, the result of continuing wintry showers, freeze under clear skies. The public should be aware of possible disruption to travel due to icy surfaces on Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

The Met Office chief forecaster said...

Showers of rain and sleet, with some falling as snow over higher routes, will continue to wet surfaces during Saturday night and early Sunday morning. Clear spells between showers are then expected to lead to a frost and icy patches forming locally. The showers are expected to fall as snow over the highest routes which could bring temporary accumulations of 1 to 4cm, particularly for northern parts in the central and northern Highlands.

Yellow Weather Warning Of Snow For Friday 28th February

An area of low pressure expected to move eastwards across the country on Friday 28th of February could bring snow to many parts of England and Wales, mainly on high ground. Accumulations are unlikely on lower ground but many areas may see falling snow and slushy deposits.

The snow will arrive early on Friday morning, so there is potential for some disruption to travel during Fridays rush hour.

The precise track of this low pressure system is currently not known, but it the areas most likely to be affected are...

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UK Floods - More Rain On Sunday 5th January Brings More Risk Of Flooding

Yellow Weather Warnings

Yellow weather warnings for Sunday 5th January 2013 - Picture from The Met Office.

The Met office have issued a yellow severe weather warning or rain for Sunday 5th January. Another period of persistent rain and strong winds will move east across the country from early Sunday morning bringing further risk of surface and river flooding. The yellow weather warning is in force for the following areas: Strathclyde, Central, Tayside & Fife, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders, Northern Ireland, Wales, South West England, South East England and London.

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This comes as the much of the country are already dealing with damage caused by floods over the last couple of weeks. On Christmas eve and Christmas day, heavy rains caused severe local flooding in the south east, with towns such as Guildford and Godalming on the river Wey, Dorking and Leatherhead on the river Mole, and Tonbridge and Maidstone on the river Medway, suffering dangerous floods that in combination with gale force winds, caused damage to homes and businesses, and loss of power supply over Christmas.

Since then there has been very few dry spells, heavy rain has saturated the ground, raised water levels in rivers and lakes and flooded roads and farm land. Then to make matters worse, on On Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th of January a storm surge, further heavy rain and more gale force winds, caused damaging coastal flooding in the south west, severe flooding in parts of Wales, and further less severe flooding in the South East.

The stormy weather expected on Sunday is not good news at all, particularly for parts of the West Midlands, South West England and South East England, where many flood warnings are in force. The ground is so saturated, much of the country is likely to see a great deal of surface flooding on roads,of  and river levels will rise further possibly bursting their banks in some areas, causing further danger of flooding.

As I write this, there are 94 flood warnings in place. 45 for the South West, 17 for the South East, 24 for the Midlands, 6 for East Anglia, 1 for the North West, and 1 for Wales. As we move into Sunday, more flood warnings are likely, so it is important to check the Environment Agency website regularly, particularly if you are near a river, or near the coast.

Flooded Car

The AA Tweeted - Water doesn't need to be deep & dramatic to catch you out! It takes very little to wreck an engine & write-off car!

Flooding, and even the possibility of more falling trees could bring disruption to road and train travel, and possible disruption to power supplies.

Driving conditions could become very bad in some areas and surface flooding could leave some routes impassable. Many cars have tried, and failed, to drive through deep flood water in the last couple of weeks. On Saturday the 4th January, the AA were called to over 120 flood related break downs. The advice of the AA is simple not to try driving through flood water, take and alternative route or simply cancel your journey.

Another yellow weather warning from the Met Office warns of the possibility of freezing conditions on Sunday night, and the danger of surface water freezing, making road travel even more dangerous.

Tide levels will still be quite high on Sunday at high tide, and the stormy weather is likely to cause very rough seas. It is advised that people do not take risks trying to take photos or get a close view of the waves at high tide. Several people have put themselves in danger in the last few days, and one man is still missing, having told his family that he is going out to take photos of the weather.

The Yellow weather warning is in force from 9am until 11.55pm on Sunday.

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UK Storm Expected Tuesday And Christmas Eve - Storm Force Winds And Heavy Rain

Important: The storm has started. We are now providing regular updates on our 'Storm, as it happens' page.

During tomorrow (Monday 23rd December) and Christmas Eve, most of the UK can expect to see Gale force, Strong Gale Force or even Storm Force wind and heavy rain as another deep low pressure system passes close to our shores bringing yet another storm. There is now an Amber weather warning in place for South Wales, South West England and South East England. However, most of the country can expect gale force winds.

When pressure within a weather system falls by 24 millibars in a 24 hour period it is referred to as a Weather Bomb, this low is expected to fall by 50 millibars within a 24 hour period.

Update: Earlier today the Met office took down separate warnings of wind for Monday, combining them with a severe rain warning. After complaints that this was misleading, the Met office reviewed their warnings and and have re-established Yellow warnings of severe wind for tomorrow in the following regions: South and west Wales, South west England, South East England, London and the Western coast of England.

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In the last two weeks a series of deep low pressure systems which have developed over the Atlantic and passed close to the north west of the country bringing storms and disruption. In the last few weeks we have seen high winds, particularly in the north, tidal flooding on the east coast and north Wales, snow in the north and persistent heavy rain which has saturated the ground leaving many areas at serious risk of more floods.

Tomorrow morning heavy rain is expected to affect the south of England and south Wales bringing more risk of local flooding. There are already 2 active flood warnings for the south west and one for the south east. If you are concerned about possible flooding in your area you should look out for flood warnings on the Environment Agency website.

Winds will first reach the south west on Tuesday morning and will affect the rest of the UK as the day goes on. Winds are expected to last well into Christmas Eve, easing from the south later in the day.

Gusts are likely to reach 70mph widely, but particularly in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, north west England and southern England coastal regions. Winds of up to 90mph are possible.

This storm is expected to bring significant disruption to Christmas travel, and possibly damage to trees and property. National rail enquiries have already issued a warning of possible rail disruptions...

Very strong winds and heavy rain are forecast throughout England, Wales and Scotland on Monday 23 December.

This may mean that some trains are delayed or cancelled, and some Train Operators may run an amended timetable.

You can keep up to date with rail disruptions on the National Rail Enquiries service alterations page.

As the storm passes on Christmas eve, more heavy rain is expected to fall, bringing further risk of local flooding.

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Rain and Possible Local Flooding Wales And England - Saturday 21st December

The Met office have issued a Yellow weather warning of heavy rain for Wales, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Sussex, Kent, Surrey and London. Rain will be accompanied by strong winds.

Due to the amount of rain we have had lately, Saturday's rain will fall on already saturated ground, leading to possible local flooding. The worst affected areas are likely to be south Wales and southwest England.

Disruption caused by flooding is possible so the public should keep up to date with latest forecasts and warnings from WeatherForecast.co.uk, the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales.

UK Storm Expected 23rd December and Christmas Eve - 90mph Winds Possible

UK Storm

A new low pressure system is expected to bring sever gale force winds to much of the UK on the 23rd and Christmas Eve

Important: The storm has started. We are now providing regular updates on our 'Storm, as it happens' page.

Much of the UK has been affected by a succession of storms cause by low pressure weather systems moving across the Atlantic on a strong Jet Stream.

Just as parts of the country are beginning to repair damage caused by the Wednesday's storm, much of the country needs to be aware of yet another storm due to hit the UK on the 23rd of December, into Christmas eve.

The new low pressure system will cause a storm of high winds and rain, and will reach our shores in the early hours of Monday the 23rd December. The Met Office has issued a Yellow weather warning of wind and rain which is in affect from 6am on the 23rd until mid day on Christmas eve.

The new storm will affect more regions than recent storms have, with the whole of Scotland, Northern Ireland, North west coastal areas , Wales coastal areas, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Sussex, Kent, Surrey and London, all expected to be affected.

There is potential for gusts of up to 70mph widely, and 80 - 90mph possible particularly in West Scotland. This storm could bring damage to trees and property, and cause significant disruption to travel.

With the ground saturated by recent heavy rain, there is also significant risk of local flooding.

This low pressure system has developed very rapidly so there is uncertainty as to the depth and track of the storm. We will update this page regularly as more information becomes available.

Important: The storm has started. We are now providing regular updates on our 'Storm, as it happens' page.

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Snow And Ice Expected In The UK - 19th / 20th December 2013

The Met Office have issued yellow severe weather warnings of ice, snow and heavy rain for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Thursday the 19th and Friday the 20th December. Regions affected are as follows...

Thursday 19th December

Scotland - Most of Scotland is likely to be affected by heavy rain hail and sleet in coastal areas and snow inland. These wintry showers are likely to be more frequent in Argyll, the Trossachs, Western Tayside and Highland. There is also the potential for icy stretches to form on the roads. The weather warning for this area is valid from 6am on Thursday 19th December until 9am Friday 20th December.

Wales - A narrow band of heavy rain is expected to pass over Wales on Thursday afternoon and evening. This has the potential to to snow, particularly on higher ground. As the sky clears in the evening there will be the risk of ice forming on untreated surfaces. The weather warning for Wales is in place from 3pm on Thursday 19th December until 10am Friday the 20th December.

Wales - Further wintry showers are expected in Northern Ireland on Thursday evening into Friday morning. This could lead to icy stretches on untreated road surfaces. Snow accumulations of 2-5cm are possible on higher ground. The weather warning for Wales is in place from 5pm on Thursday 19th December until 9am Friday the 20th December.

These wintry showers are caused by a low pressure system passing North East of the country on Wednesday and Thursday. Wintry showers will clear Friday morning ahead of another low pressure system forming over the Atlantic.

Storm Emily: Met Office Upgrade Weather Warning To Amber For Scotland And Northern Ireland

The low pressure weather system that will pass the north west of the UK later on Wednesday 18th December, into Thursday 19th of December will bring severe gale force winds and heavy rain to the Highlands & Eilean Siar and Strathclyde areas of Scotland, and Northern Ireland. The Met office have upgraded from a Yellow weather warning to an Amber weather warning for these areas.

The weather warning is in place from 9pm on Wednesday until 8am Thursday.

Gusts of 70 to 80 mph are expected in the affected area, possibly up to 90 mph in some of the more exposed locations in western Scotland and the Western Isles. Such winds will lead to very large waves with some coastal over-topping likely.

There is a possibility of significant disruption to transport and power supplies.