UK weather forecast: Warm snap before ‘Beast from the East’ hits UK over Christmas

UK weather forecast: Warm snap before ‘Beast from the East’ hits UK over Christmas

A storm dubbed the new ‘Beast from the East’ looks set to hit the UK over Christmas – but not before temperatures turn mild and we see some brief sunshine.

The Met Office has warned that the week will turn wetter, bringing spells of strong winds, heavy rain and slightly above average temperatures.

A spokesperson said: “The weather this week is turning wetter and milder, with low pressure bringing spells of strong winds.”

Two yellow weather warnings are currently in place for Cornwall, Devon and South Wales, where flooding is likely and disruption to transport services and power supplies is expected, from midnight on Friday until 3am on Saturday.

Around 20 to 30mm of rain is expected in western regions, with up to 60mm in hilly areas.

The cold snap is being caused by a Polar blast that’s swept the country, bringing strong gales and temperatures plunging.

Officials earlier confirmed that those dreaming of some snow of the festive period may be in for a treat.

Forecaster Alex Deakin earlier said: “If you are dreaming of some snow there is some good news as it will be turning colder for the Christmas period but of course you need some cold and some moisture.”

He added that low pressure causing blizzards in the US is likely to reach the UK as “further rain” with “strong signals it will grow colder” next week.

In the capital, things are looking a little warmer for today, with maximum temperatures reaching 11C and a fair amount of sunshine.

Sunny spells and light showers in northern and western areas of the UK today will be displaced by heavier showers moving in from the west on Friday, forecasters have said.

Though conditions are likely to stay mild for most of the month, a cold snap is expected at Christmas as winds shift to the north west.

This Evening and Tonight:
Band of rain across eastern areas clearing through the evening, then some clear spells, but also showers, some heavy in the west and near some coasts in the south. Windy in the north.

Some spells of sunshine and although many eastern parts will be dry, there will be showers in the north and west, followed by rain in the west by evening.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:
Unsettled across many western areas with some heavy rain on Friday, then showers over the weekend. Generally drier and often brighter across eastern parts, especially over the weekend. Mild.