UK weather: Exact date cold snap ends after 11 days of snow, torrential rain and wind

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The Met Office has said that from Thursday conditions will improve following Storm Arwen’s lashing over the UK last month and the continued battering from Storm Barra today

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The weather forecast is finally looking brighter after nearly two weeks of snow, torrential rain and wind.

The mercury is set to hit double digits by the end of the week after plummeting to below zero in some places.

From Thursday, December 9, conditions will improve and it will come as much-needed relief following Storm Arwen’ s lashing over the UK last month and the continued battering from Storm Barra today.

Grahame Madge, a spokesman for the Met Office, told the Mirror: “There are no weather warnings and that is indication weather conditions are going to become more stable.

Storm Barra passes through Newhaven, England bringing strong winds
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“We will still have weather such as frost and rain, but the impact on people will be a lot less. The potential to cause disruption is reduced.”

He also said that that from tomorrow, temperatures will start to climb again.

Mr Madge said: “In the period over the next few days temperatures are coming back up and the risk of snow is really confined to areas above 600-metres such as in the Scottish Mountains.

“Meaning impactful snow at low levels is not likely to be a feature of the forecast.

This Met Office weather map for temperature shows how the mercury will climb back to double digits this week
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“There is a system that will bring rain overnight and into Thursday and Friday, and it will then largely be clear.

“Conditions may become more choppy, but there are no further warnings scheduled. From that point of view it’s more stable.”

He added: “For the most part in Southern and Central England temperatures in the daytime are in the double figures with Bristol reaching 12 and Nottingham reaching 10 degrees.

“The only places that will stay in single digits will be parts of Scotland, Newcastle, Leeds and Northern Ireland.

“Crucially, overnight temperatures in Southampton and London are predicted to remain in double figures.”

The Met Office long-range forecast predicts “bright spells” in the East and showers from the will West come in.

Hill snow is still likely up North, but temperatures will hover at about the average for the time of year – which is about 7C.

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There is a risk of another “largely unsettled” period with “further showers and longer spells of rain, heavy in places, with a chance of gales for some exposed areas”, but not until after conditions improve first.

It comes after Storm Arwen left thousand without power after 100mph winds and lashing rain at the end of November, and as Storm Barra continues to batter the UK for a second day.

Today, Brits are being warned to prepare for strong winds, rain and ice leading to flooding as the country is battered for a second day by Storm Barra.

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Gales and snow blizzards caused chaos on Tuesday with wind gusts reaching 86mph at Aberdaron, in Gwynedd, while around 3,200 homes in north-east Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales lost power.

Now dozens of flood warnings have been issued across the UK along with the Met Office also issuing a yellow weather warning of gales in England for Wednesday.

The Environment Agency has issued 11 flood warnings for England at locations including Hartlepool and Sunderland in the North East, Bournemouth and Weymouth in the South, and part of the Cumbrian coast.

People struggle with the wind and the rain in London as Storm Barra hits the United Kingdom
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Some 66 flood alerts, for areas where flooding is possible, have also been issued across the country.

The continued chaos comes as communities in the North East and Scotland are still trying to recover from the catastrophic effects of Storm Arwen.

Thousands of homes lost power for up to 10 days in the wake of 100mph winds and lashing rain at the end of November.

A man clears snow away in Leadhills, Scotland as Storm Barra hits the UK
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Northern Powergrid has not confirmed whether all homes were connected by Tuesday night as promised.

Met Office forecasters said Storm Barra may not cause as much chaos as Storm Arwen – though it has already sparked travel delays and school closures in Scotland.

Spokeswoman Nicky Maxey said: “We are not expecting the impacts of Barra to be as bad as we saw with Arwen.

“Storm Barra will bring strong winds and heavy rainfall to many parts of the UK today. We may see some snow on the higher ground, too.

“It is unlikely to be as impactful as Storm Arwen last week but there will be blustery conditions so people should still be prepared.”

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