BIG FREEZE STARTS TONIGHT as Brits are braced for -10C cold snap which will see temperatures plummet!

BOOKIES are tipping this week to bring the coldest night of the year so far, as Brits are warned by weather experts that temperatures could dip to as low as -10C.

The week across the United Kingdom is set to be sunny during the days, apart from in Northern Ireland and north west Scotland where clouds will linger.

However that won’t stop temperatures from lowering to 7C in northern England, 10C in the South, 6C in Wales, 5C in Scotland and 8C in Northern Ireland throughout today.

But the evenings are when conditions are set to become harsh – starting tonight.

Most of England is set to see temperatures fall to -4C tonight, and -6C in the South.

Northern Ireland and Scotland will fare slightly better with lows of 2C  or 3C.

Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said: “Tonight will be cold with almost a repeat performance for temperatures on Tuesday.

“There’s an area of high pressure that has developed across most of the UK over the weekend and that is due to stick around for the rest of the week.

“That will move southwards, so it will not be as cold in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
“Most places will stay dry until the weekend when there will be a slight risk of rain.”

Ladbrokes have now slashed the odds on the UK seeing temperatures fall below -10C before next Sunday, offering 2/1.

If this happens, it would make temperatures the coldest of 2016.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “Winter’s coming, and the odds are falling as quick as the temperature’s dropping, leaving punters already dreaming of a White Christmas.”

Storm Angus to smash into the UK with Winds of 80MPH+

Storm Angus is currently knocking on the door for southern most Britain bringing with it the threat of strong winds, Heavy rain and possibly even some snow!

The first of the named storms to come crashing into the UK after what has been a relatively calm autumn will no doubt be a shock to the system for those caught in the worst of the conditions.
The strongest of the winds which has the potential to cause minor damage with roof tiles, Fences and power lines at risk will be for those in the far south and south east of the country.
Elsewhere it will feel breezy and wet with a large amount of rain associated with the system, Whilst for the highest parts of Wales and then later on the Peak district Snow is a possibility for a short time.

See below the UK MetOffice’s take on storm Angus.

“Storm Angus is expected to bring some very strong winds to coastal counties of southeast England for a time on Sunday morning, when gusts of 70-80 mph are possible. Be prepared for disruption to travel services, interruptions to power supplies and some damage to buildings.”

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Whilst the Chief Forecasters view was as follows…

"Angus" will move northeast across southern and southeast England during Sunday morning. Southerly then southwesterly gales are likely with storm force winds developing over the English Channel and affecting some coastal districts. Very squally showers are also expected such that isolated gusts of 70-75 mph are also possible further inland in the Amber warning area.

Damaging Tornadoes hit Wales and the Midlands!

A number of tornadoes have struck parts of Wales and the Midlands, BBC Weather says.

Brought in by a squally cold front, they are expected to clear to the east through the course of Thursday afternoon.

Any further tornados are likely to be confined to northern parts of the Midlands over the next couple of hours.

However, further squally winds are anticipated, BBC Weather added.

Storms and high winds have already caused damage to buildings and cars in mid and west Wales.

There were reports of a small tornado near Aberystwyth and the town’s RNLI station recorded a gust of 94mph.

Dyfed Powys Police said several roads are closed in the Machynlleth and Aberystwyth areas due to fallen trees.

Thomas Scarrott, director of the Clarach Bay Holiday Village, near Aberystwyth, said around 15 to 20 caravans had been upended and overturned.

He said: “As I was walking out of the door the wind started to increase and it went from zero to take cover in seconds. My initial thought was it must have been a tornado.”

Scottish Power has confirmed it is experiencing disruption to its power network in mid Wales.

Hurricane Earl downgraded to a Tropical storm after making landfall

The US National Hurricane Center has downgraded Earl to a tropical storm.

The storm, which earlier had hurricane-strength wind speeds of up to 130km/h (80mph), made landfall early on Thursday in Belize, in Central America.

Earl weakened as it moved inland with wind speeds dropping to about 105 km/h.

The storm is predicted to move across northern Guatemala and south-eastern Mexico on Thursday, where its rains could still cause flash floods and mudslides.

Earlier, heavy rains fell on Honduras.

Residents of Belize City and other coastal communities had been urged by the authorities to move inland and take advantage of higher ground or a network of storm shelters.

Officials ordered the closure of the city’s international airport while archaeological reserves and national parks were shut.

Palm trees are seen after Hurricane Earl have hit, in Belize City, Belize August 4, 2016.
Belize City was battered by hurricane-strength winds

Pilot Flies Above The Thunderstorm To Get A Perfect Shot Of It At 37,000 Feet

When you’re a pilot so often up in the air, stuff happening in the sky is no longer a surprise for you. Just when Ecuador Airlines pilot and photographer Santiago Borja thought he’d seen it all however, he ended up witnessing – and photographing – one of the most amazing thunderstorms ever. He captured this spectacular view from the cockpit of an airplane 37,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean south of Panama.

Although the picture looks perfectly made, Borja says it’s not that easy to deal with the storms. “Storms are tricky because the lightning is so fast, there is no tripod and there is a lot of reflection from inside lights,” the pilot told The Washington Post. “I like this photo so much because you can feel the amazing size of the storm and its power, but at the same time it’s wonderful how peacefully you can fly around it in still air without touching it.” Take a look at this amazing show by Mother Nature.

 

Another thunderstorm Santiago captured last year on the coast of Venezuela

Severe weather pummels two US states

Storms carrying tornadoes, torrential rain and powerful winds damaged homes, deposited a snowplough in a tree, and flooded highways in two US states.

Authorities say a tornado damaged up to 20 homes in Litchfield, north-central Minnesota. Keith Johnson, the mayor of Litchfield, about 112km west of Minneapolis, said there was serious damage, but no one was injured.

“I’ve lived in this town 52 years and I’ve never seen a storm like this in our community,” Johnson said.

Diane Kelbing told KARE-TV that she and her husband raced to their mobile home park shelter when they heard the tornado warning siren.

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“Well, the garage is gone, the shed is gone, the snowmobile trailer is gone. We’ve got a snowplough in the tree,” Kelbing said.

Fifty residents were removed from the Hilltop Health Care Center in nearby Watkins after the home lost part of its roof. The American Red Cross said it is assisting the evacuees.

Law enforcement also reported a tornado touchdown around 6.30pm on Monday in Stearns County, Minnesota, according to the National Weather Service.

The storms also washed out sections of highways in northern Wisconsin and closed other roads.

Wisconsin emergency officials said in a news release 33 people were trapped on Michigan Island in Lake Superior. The release didn’t offer any other details but said as of midmorning 20 people had been rescued and rescue efforts were still under way.

The storms also damaged or destroyed 85 boats at Saxon Harbor in Iron County, state emergency officials said.

The Ashland County Sheriff’s Office urged against travel in the county because many local roads were flooded. Sections of US Highway 2 and state Highway 13 south of Highbridge were closed on Tuesday.

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The National Weather Service said more flooding was likely in northern Wisconsin, where rivers and creeks will continue to rise over the next two days. Areas around Danbury to Minong, Hayward, Ashland and Hurley are expected to experience the most significant flooding.

China’s Worst Flooding Since 1998 Kills 173, Takes Economic Toll

Weeks of torrential rain across central and southern China have caused the country’s worst flooding since 1998, killing 173 people, ruining farms and cutting major transportation arteries — and creating potential headwinds to economy growth.

A swollen Yangtze and other rivers spilled over their banks as flood waters moved toward the coast. That was compounded by the arrival of Typhoon Nepartak, which was downgraded to tropical depression as it made landfall on Saturday in Fujian province.

The Ministry of Civil Affairs said flooding and rain associated with the typhoon affected more than 31 million people in 12 provinces, submerged more than 2.7 million hectares (6.7 million acres) of cropland and caused 67.1 billion yuan ($10 billion) in damages.

The death toll is still less than the 4,150 reported in 1998. Flooding both then and now was caused by heavy rain linked to El Nino, which originates from warm waters in the Pacific Ocean near the equator and disrupts global weather patterns.

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While forecasters said the worst weather passed on Monday, analysts said the economic impact from farm damage and transport disruptions would be tallied for months to come.

China’s National Development and Reform Commission said in a statement Sunday that fruit and vegetable prices had “risen significantly” in some flooded regions. It asked local authorities to “closely monitor prices” and implement price controls if needed.

Flooding will boost consumer prices in July and August by about 0.2 percentage point to levels above 2 percent, Zhou Jingtong, director of macroeconomic research at Bank of China Ltd. in Beijing, wrote in a note. The CPI rose 1.9 percent from a year earlier in June, less than a 2 percent gain in May, the National Bureau of Statistics said Sunday.

Economists said the floods would have both short- and long-term implications for the world’s second-largest economy. Food and product shortages could materialize soon from supply interruptions as transport hubs were paralyzed and factories and offices closed in some of China’s most industrialized provinces.

‘Negative Impact’

“The heavy rainfalls at present pose downside risks,” Raymond Yeung, an economist at Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. in Hong Kong, wrote in a report Friday. “We expect some negative impact on third-quarter gross domestic product growth unless the government launches stimulus measures to offset the impact.”

Longer term rebuilding could prove to be a stimulus, according to Nomura Holdings Inc.

“The situation seems increasingly comparable to events in 1998,” Nomura economists wrote in a report. Repairs and rebuilding may boost growth in the fourth quarter “as post-flood construction may boost aggregate demand. We believe industrial production growth will likely rebound in September after a weak July and August.”

Severe weather warning issued for parts of the UK this afternoon!

THE Met Office has issued a severe weather warning with heavy showers and thunderstorms expected to hit Surrey and Hampshire this afternoon.

Torrential downpours are forecast to break out mid to late afternoon on Tuesday and persist into the evening, coinciding with the rush hour.

Due to light winds, some of these showers are likely to be slow moving, leading to some prolonged, torrential thundery downpours.

Up to 25mm of rain is anticipated in a relatively short space of time and close to 40mm in two or three hours.

The Met Office is urging people to be aware of the potential for localised flooding and disruption to travel.

As of 2pm the radar image shows just how extensive the showers have become…

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Good luck keeping dry if your out & about.