Brits facing storm hell and extreme weather as La Nina phenomenon hits UK

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    Forecasters have warned of flood misery for millions this winter amid a horror combination of wet and stormy weather – some of which has already started.

    Baked ground from the summer heatwave is still so hard from the drought that rainwater is running off the surface, causing flooding.

    February has been pinpointed as the nightmare month as the La Nina weather phenomenon compounds a soaked winter.

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    Will Lang, head of situational awareness at the Met Office, said: “The risk of unsettled weather increases as we head into 2023.

    “It would not be unusual if the wettest and stormiest part, with the greatest flood risk, came at the end of the season in February as it did last winter.”

    Caroline Douglass, the executive director of flooding at the Environment Agency, warned of more “extreme events” and record-breaking rainfall and river levels.

    She said: “Climate change is here – we are seeing more extremes. So we need people to understand the risk and check and sign up for flood warnings wherever possible.

    “Winters are getting wetter, and within that the extremes are getting more extreme.”

    The UK is currently in the middle of wet and windy weather, with storm warnings in place for most of the country.

    Tonight (November 8) sees thunder and rainstorms battering most of the North West, while Wednesday sees less rain, but soaked ground causing issues in rural areas.

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    Into the weekend, Scotland will be battered by wind, while the rest of the country will be getting some unseasonal sunny weather.

    The Met Office has described it as being “very mild for all”.

    A spokesman said: “On Sunday, after any overnight mist and isolated fog patches clear, dry and bright spells are likely across most parts of the UK, except in the far west where cloud and rain is expected.

    “Into the following week, spells of rain and strong winds are most likely to affect the North West, and may push South East across the UK at times.

    “On the whole it should remain relatively mild. Into the second half of November, there are signals that pressure may build in the vicinity of the UK, meaning more in the way of drier weather for many areas, but with this will come temperatures closer to the seasonal norm along with a greater chance of overnight frost and fog.”

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