A complex low brings unsettled weather in the coming days.
An unsettled and milder week to come, but a shift back to calmer conditions through the following week.
Rest of the week
Thursday will see a deep area of low pressure spin in off the Atlantic, continuing to deliver heavy spells of rain and strong winds from Wednesday. Still some sleet and hill snow possible across Northern Scotland but generally the snow risk diminishing.
Winds will gust 30 - 40 mph quite widely, with peak winds in excess of this across coastal parts of Ireland and also Irish Sea coasts, shifting eastwards later in the day to bring the strongest winds to north-east Scotland and the east coast of England.
Around Aberdeenshire, Caithness and Sutherland, in addition to Shetland and Orkney, gusts could reach around 60 mph. The bulk of the rain will clear eastwards by evening, albeit with showers continuing in the west.
Friday will see winds remain strong along the south coast of Ireland, Wales and south-west England, while easing elsewhere. Outbreaks of rain will also continue to push in from the west, with temperatures reaching the low double digits.
Maximum temperatures for Saturday 9th December 2023.
Staying unsettled into the weekend with another band of persistent rain pushing west to east, chiefly earlier in the day. Temperatures could reach up to 14°C by day, with skies then clearing to leave it drier overnight.
Sunday could see another deep area of low pressure push in, bringing the potential for some pretty strong winds in Ireland. At present, the peak of the winds look to affect the west coast, before clearing the UK eastwards overnight.
Risk of strong winds through Sunday 10th December 2023, especially for Ireland.
Next week and beyond
High pressure looks to make a return and build back in through the following week, delivering drier and more settled weather.
This time however, temperatures look to be fluctuating around average for the time of year, rather than being accompanied by a harsh cold snap.
High pressure building in through the latter part of next week, by mid-month.
The magical wintry phenomenon of rime ice was recently captured in Gloucestershire, amidst the bitter cold.
As winter tightens its grip, nature unveils a captivating meteorological phenomenon – freezing fog. Unlike its more common counterpart, radiation fog, freezing fog emerges when temperatures plummet below freezing.
This intriguing weather occurrence mirrors the formation of regular radiation fog, in that it forms under clear skies and light winds, but with a frosty twist.
A frosty start this morning, but the good news is, it's the last one for a while for most!
Kickstarting your morning
Welcome to your breakfast briefing, preparing you for the day's weather and offering a sneak peek at today's articles!
It'll be the last widely cold, frosty start for a while this morning, though milder to the west as cloud and rain thicken from Ireland.
A largely fine and dry day to the east, with a band of rain slowly edging in to western fringes of the UK as the day wears on.
Along its leading northern edge as it moves in, sleet or hill snow may fall across Scotland and Northern England (chiefly Pennines northwards), with rain otherwise moving eastwards through the night.
What's coming up in the news
With lots of frost in the air this weekend, you may have noticed a particular form of ice around, known as rime. We'll show off some of the rime ice seen in the UK and give you all you need to know about how it forms.
Plus, we will bring you the latest weather trend with all you need to know for the weeks ahead, coming this afternoon.
Strictly speaking, these are rain clouds, except that the rain isn’t reaching the ground. Instead, the rain creates a trail forming the wispy tails, these are known as virga, with the liquid evaporating before reaching the ground.
Each morning we're delving into the vault of images we have collected over the years, if you want to get involved just tap the image icon to upload your own or use our dedicated uploader for the UK or Ireland.
We share the best shots of the week each Sunday, and throughout the week on our social channels!
More than 200 flood alerts and warnings are currently active across the UK as heavy rain continues to spread following weekend snow.
At the time of writing, there are currently 224 flood advisories in England with 42 warnings indicating that flooding is expected, these are mostly between a stretch of the south coast from Bournemouth to Lyme Regis.
Flood alerts are a live service and change throughout the day, some may have been added or removed since the current time.
Elsewhere, two alerts are active in Wales for South Pembrokeshire and Western Cleddau. Warnings in Scotland were active but have since been removed.
Flooding has already been reported in the West Country, with some schools closed in Somerset and Great Western Railway reporting blocked lines on their services.
On Monday, some people were warned to leave their homes ahead of the potential flooding, while Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue say they have so far responded to 74 calls for flooding in properties.
Further heavy rainfall, and a small area of snow for some, is set to arrive on Thursday.
Frosty mornings have been plentiful recently, and their arrival is already impacting plant life ahead of next spring.
Researchers at Norwich’s John Innes Centre used rockcress in laboratory tests to determine how the frost instigates changes in behaviour. The key elements are a gene known as FLC which influences flowering, and COOLAIR which influences the FLC gene.
In test conditions akin to the climate in Norwich, southern Sweden, and the subarctic northern Sweden every time the temperature fell below freezing a spike in COOLAIR occurred.
The frosts of autumn and winter will impact next year's flowering.
When this molecule rose, FLC activity shrank. This change plays a large role in determining when and how plants flower.
It is direct evidence of the benefit bringing plants indoors during cooler months can offer, maintaining a steady growth in your plants by keeping them away from morning frost.
There was one additional discovery, it transpires that the first frost of autumn is perhaps the most important of the year. It is this frost which triggers a temporary change and prevents a plant from flowering over winter until temperatures begin to warm again.