Winter is fast approaching in the UK, after a year full of weather extremes. Whilst we all enjoyed an un-paralleled period of glorious summer heat, a weather change is coming, with winds reaching 70mph and at least three inches of heavy rain forecast in the UK as Storm Diana sweeps across the country at the end of November.
Heavy rain and predictions of gales of up to 70mph moving quickly across the UK have been published. This could see rain totals of between two and three inches in some western parts during the storm. It will be the fourth major storm system to hit the UK this autumn.
Forecasters have also predicted a bitter cold weather pattern from mid-December in the run up to Christmas, with Arctic air bringing a seasonal chill, risking significant snowfall over the festive period. This has meant that bookies have slashed the odds on a White Christmas blowing in.
But, how can you stay safe during a severe storm. Here are some top tips:
- Stay indoors and away from windows.
- If outdoors, shelter away from drains, gutters, creeks and waterways.
- Be prepared for power outages.
- Floodwater is dangerous – never drive, walk or ride through floodwater.
- When indoors, avoid using your landline as telephone lines can conduct electricity. It's also best to avoid using taps and sinks with metal pipes as they can conduct electricity too.
- Get inside a car if you can. If there is Lightning, it will spread over the metal of the vehicle before earthing to the ground through the tyres.
- Generally be aware of metal objects that can conduct or attract lightning, including golf clubs, motorbikes and bicycles, wire fencing and rails. If you're in a tent, try to stay away from the metal poles.