Weather forecast TODAY – Storm Aiden to lash UK sparking Met Office flood warnings, torrential rain and 70mph winds

Flood warnings have been issued as Storm Aiden threatened to lash the UK with torrential rain.

With temperatures plunging as low as 1C this week, a heavy band of rain is sweeping in from the North West.

The Met office said: “A cold start to Monday morning that band of rain will gradually moving its way across Northern Ireland and into Scotland later pushing into Wales and Southwest England."

The River Wissey at Mundford, Stoke Ferry and Hilgay in Norfolk is expected to flood with “immediate action required”.

Flood alerts have also been put in place for other rivers in East Anglia including the tidal rivers Waveney and River Yare.

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  • POISONOUS PLANTS WASH UP ON BEACHES

    As Britain braced for Storm Aiden this week, a warning went out today about creatures being washed onto beaches.

    They look like parsnips but don't take them home to cook – they're one of the world's most lethal plants.

    Their macabre nickname is Dead Man's Fingers and they are like something out of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

    Not only can the Dead Man's Fingers kill dogs which eat them, they can also poison humans unwise enough to cook them.

    It's feared tons of the stuff is being washed ashore in the autumn gales.

  • ODDS ON FOR A SNOWY OCTOBER

    Leading bookmaker Coral makes it odds on, at 1-2, that snow falls in any major UK city during October as temperatures begin to drop.

    Coral go 6-4 that this winter is the coldest since records began.

    “We're headed towards some freezing autumn temperatures and if our betting is correct then snow will be falling in October,” said Coral's Harry Aitkenhead.

    “It is now just 6-4 that this winter ends up as the coldest the UK has ever had as temperatures begin to plummet already,” added Aitkenhead.

  • PICTURED: WIND SAILORS IN LYME REGIS

  • HEAVY RAIN EXPECTED

    Tonight a weakening band of rain will move into eastern parts of England, but Tuesday should see some drier weather thanks to a ridging in the pressure.

    But weather charts show Wednesday brings a new system from the Atlantic which forecaster Darren Bett described as “much more active, the rain will be heavier – it'll be a wet start across the western side of the UK”.

    The Irish Sea, meanwhile, will play host to wind gusts of 50mph, with things getting much wetter in the west but only some rain will push east.

    “Even though there's more cloud, there's more rain around and some stronger winds, temperatures are still near normal for the time of year,” said Mr Bett.

  • SEA LEVELS TO RISE BY 2.5 METRES

    Melting ice in the Antarctic will raise sea levels by 2.5 metres even if the Paris agreement climate goals are met, according to a new study.

    Researchers found that melting would still continue even if the temperature rise is limited to 2C (3.6F).

    Experts think the melting will take place over a long period of time and likely after the end of this century.

    However, once the ice is gone, it isn't expected to come back.

    In 2015, almost all of the world's nations signed a deal called the Paris Agreement, which set out ways in which they could tackle climate change and try to keep temperatures below 2C (3.6F).

  • HIGHS OF 19 IN THE SOUTHEAST

    The southeast enjoy highs of 19C thanks to warmer air coming over from the Atlantic.

    The warm weather will be short-lived as 50mph winds and heavy rain will bring temperatures back down again.

    BBC forecaster Darren Bett said: “As we head into the early part of the week ahead we're going to find some higher temperatures across the whole of the UK, but it will be turning more unsettled as well.

    “We're going to get Atlantic winds heading our way, hence the rising temperatures but there are some weather fronts already on the scene.”

  • PICTURED: RAIN MAKING ITS WAY ACROSS

  • DRIZZLY RAIN THIS MORNING

    A band of rain is working its way eastwards into western areas this morning.

    However, there will be plenty of sunshine with brighter conditions arriving across East Anglia and the far southeast by lunchtime, according to the Met Office.

    This morning the UK has seen lows of 1C and highs of 13C.

  • SURFS UP THIS MORNING

    A surfer was pictured on a beach in Hartlepool this morning as the sun rose this morning.

  • ICY WINDS AND FREEZING RAIN

    Icy winds and freezing rain set to hit the UK with temperatures set to plunge to 1C this week.

    But it's expected to be sunny and dry for the start before getting colder.

    The Met office said: “A cold start to Monday morning that band of rain will gradually moving its way across Northern Ireland and into Scotland later pushing into Wales and Southwest England.

    “Further east though it stays dry with plenty of sunshine so a much brighter day for eastern England compared to recently.”

  • WEATHER CHANGE

    A new weather front moving in will bring a change in the wind direction and "that means much milder conditions will be spreading across the UK,” said BBC Weather's Tomasz Schafernaker.

    He added: “We will have lost that cold northerly wind and instead get this Atlantic westerly, so there's milder air, but with that comes a price – cloud and rain.

    “But temperatures are back up to 18C on Monday in London, 17C in Hull, 15C in Newcastle.”

    After a further lull on Tuesday, the next low pressure front will be racing from the west, pushed by a powerful jet stream.

    Mr Schafernaker said: “So by about Wednesday onwards the weather is really going to go downhill.

    “Across many parts of the UK we are expecting outbreaks of rain and stronger winds.

    “And from Wednesday onwards pretty much all areas are in for an unsettled spell of weather which will take us into the following weekend as well.”

  • SUNDAY HIT A HIGH OF 18.8C

    The hottest place in the UK on Sunday was Cardiff with a top temperature of 18.8C.

    Exeter saw the most sunshine with 11.2 hours, according to the Met Office.

    The coldest temperature was recorded in Braemar, Scotland, with a freezing -5C.

    Brooms Barn, near Bury St Edmunds, saw 5mm of rainfall.

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