UPDATE FROM THE MET OFFICE – OUTLOOK FOR WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY

The latest update from the Met Office, received at 14:33hrs on 28th December is below.

“Met Office forecasts continue to highlight this Wednesday as a day with gales and further heavy rain across North East England, Yorkshire and The Humber.

This latest bout of severe weather is all associated with an Atlantic storm, which is still on course to bring a heightened risk of further weather-related impacts to some parts of the region in the coming days.

To highlight the risk of severe conditions, the Met Office have updated a Yellow Warning of Rain for much of West Yorkshire as well as western areas of North Yorkshire, Northumberland and County Durham. This Warning is valid from 0015 until 2345 on Wednesday, bringing a Low Likelihood of Medium Impacts. So once again, it is mainly those areas that have already witnessed the highest rainfall totals this winter, which may once again record the highest rainfall amounts later this week.

Meanwhile, winds will increase for all of us from Tuesday afternoon and especially through Wednesday, when gale force gusts are possible – these winds adding to the already challenging conditions for on-going recovery operations.

By the time daybreak Thursday arrive, the main area of rain should clear, along with the strongest of the winds. Thursday itself is shaping up to be a day of drier spells but also with scattered heavy showers at times.

Looking further ahead, the unsettled theme to the weather looks set to continue, with no sign of prolonged dry weather at the moment.””