As forecast it was a stormy night across the southern half of the UK. Below you can see the highest gusts of wind and rainfal totals recorded at Met Office observing sites from 6pm 23 December and 7am 24 December.
Maximum gust speeds:
|Site||Area||Elevation (m)||Max gust speed (mph)|
|Needles Old Battery||ISLE OF WIGHT||80||92|
|Mumbles Head||WEST GLAMORGAN||43||75|
|South Uist Range||WESTERN ISLES||4||75|
|Kenley Airfield||GREATER LONDON||53.6|
|Wych Cross||EAST SUSSEX||38.6|
|Alice Holt Lodge||HAMPSHIRE||33.8|
|Cluanie Inn||ROSS & CROMARTY||30.8|
The Met Office at Boscombe Down, Salisbury Plain, recorded 66.7mm of rain in the 24 hours 9am 23 December to 9am 24 December. This is provisionally a new all time daily record in any month for the station – records going back to January 1931. The previous record was 62.3mm on 16 August 1977.
Today we can expect severe gales across western and northern Scotland, with damaging gusts in places, especially around the coasts.
For Christmas Day and Boxing Day, we are expecting a colder and less windy interlude with overnight frosts and sunny spells and a wintry mix of showers, so there is a chance that some places, especially the higher ground of the west and north, may see a White Christmas. For most of us though Christmas is likely to be green not white.
Another Atlantic depression is expected to bring a further spell of wet and stormy weather to the UK on Friday.
During this period of unsettled weather, people are advised to stay up to date with the latest Met Office forecasts and National Severe Weather Warnings and find out what to do in severe weather so they can plan ahead for the weather in store and make the most of the festive season.