GETTING caught in the rain is bad enough — but what about the misery of freezing rain? The weather phenomenon is far worse than icy rainfall – here's what you should know. What is freezing rain? Freezing rain is rainfall that has become "supercool" as it falls. It is caused when falling snowflakes melt through a warm layer of air high in the atmosphere to become rain. This rain then gets extremely cold again while falling through sub-zero temperatures. It can be very dangerous as freezing rain instantly turns to ice as soon as it lands on the ground. The ice is extremely clear and therefore can be hard to see on the roads or pavements, making conditions treacherous for pedestrians and drivers. RAC traffic spokesman Rod Dennis: "Freezing rain perhaps represents one of the greatest challenges any driver could face. Droplets of rain which come into contact with the ground and other surfaces freeze instantly. This creates a huge hazard as roads may look clear and safe, despite … [Read more...] about What is freezing rain, how is it different to snow and what is the latest UK weather forecast?
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News / Business by Press Association 24/12/2018, 10:37 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Extreme weather and Brexit uncertainty buffeted the UK economy in 2018, with business investment grinding to a halt and consumer spending fizzling out as political storm clouds gathered. The year started with a snow-hit first quarter as the Beast from the East took its toll in February and March, only for Britain to find itself melting in a prolonged summer heatwave just a few months later. But while the forces of nature played havoc, it was the worries over political turmoil and the risk of Britain crashing out of the EU without a deal that blew an icy chill through the economy in the final three months. The Bank of England added to the growing unease in its now infamous Brexit analysis, which saw Threadneedle Street warn that no deal could trigger a worse recession than during the financial crisis. With the year coming to … [Read more...] about Brexit uncertainty and extreme weather cause year of highs and lows for economy
Any hopes of a white Christmas have been dashed after forecasters have predicted a wet and mild festive period. There will be a sprinkling of showers in most of the UK over the next few days with some bright spells, according to the Met Office. However, it will be more unsettled in the north and heavy rain and wind is expected in most of the country tonight. Christmas Eve is set to be cloudy but mild meaning it won't be the most ideal weather for Father Christmas and his reindeer as they deliver presents. But on Christmas Day it is set to perk up, while Boxing Day will be a similar story and although cloudy, there will be opportunity to dodge the showers if you're planning a country walk. "We can rule out a white Christmas," said Richard Miles from the Met Office. "It's going to be mild and wet but there will be bright spells. "It's a really typical December but mild for this time of the year. "Christmas Day and Monday will be settled in the south with some mist. It will be chilly in … [Read more...] about Christmas weather forecast revealed as experts dash any hopes of snow
FREEZING storms from Iceland are set to hit Britain TONIGHT - and could cause more flooding and travel misery, forecasters say. Today will start mostly shower free, despite being chilly almost everywhere, but don't pack your coat away just yet. The UK is just escaping from the clutches of Deirdre after 15 inches of snow, 80mph winds and freezing rain hammered most areas of the country. After a spate of weather warnings, the remnants of Deirdre are finally departing towards Scandinavia today, but the brief reprieve today and tomorrow won't last long. From Tuesday, a brutal weather front will sweep in from Iceland hammering the UK with up to 40mm (1.5in) rain and could cause localised flooding in areas where rivers are already close to spilling their banks. Met Office meteorologist Martin Bowles said the area of low pressure would be coming from Iceland in the North Atlantic in the early hours of Tuesday morning. "It will start in Northern Ireland and move across the west of the UK," he … [Read more...] about UK weather forecast – Torrential rain and Icelandic storms to cause MORE floods and batter Britain TONIGHT
STORM Deirdre is about to hit and Brits have been warned to batten down the hatches today as up to 15 inches of snow and gusts of up to 80mph spark danger to life alerts. A "500 mile curtain of snow" will batter the UK over the next 48 hours, with warnings for freezing rain issued for most of the country. The Met Office has already issued multiple Amber weather warnings across most of Scotland, Northern and Central England for freezing rain - a rare phenomenon where ice sheets known as black ice instantly form on roads. A third Amber warning for heavy snow and blizzards was also released this morning for Scotland and northern England as areas barely reach temperatures past freezing. Four yellow warnings are also in place - forecasting snow, strong winds and heavy rain to hit Northern Ireland, South West England and South Wales. Up to 15 inches of snow is expected to fall on the highest peaks in Scotland, while 8 inches will hit higher ground. Ireland's meteorological service, Met … [Read more...] about UK weather forecast: Storm Deirdre triggers ‘danger to life’ warning for Britain today with 15-inch snow, 80mph winds and 500-mile black ice curtain