‘Three-way split’ in UK weather as yellow rain warning issued

It’ll be rainy for some across the UK today – but very mild for others (Picture: PA)

The Met Office has warned of a ‘three-way split’ in weather conditions on Monday as the north of England is set to be battered by heavy rain.

Conditions will vary wildly across the UK thanks to a band of rain stretching from southern Scotland to south west England, the forecaster said.

This means temperatures will remain mild in the south and east, but will be much colder for the rest of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Southern areas could even see highs of 14°C in some areas – which is above average for the time of year – while some parts of Scotland will only see highs of up to 7°C.

A new yellow weather warning for rain comes into force at midday on Monday and will be in place until 5am on Tuesday.

Covering large parts of Lancashire and Cumbria, the Met Office predicts around 40-50mm of rain could fall on high ground, with the potential of localised disruption.

The weather warning covers a swathe of northern England (Picture: Metro Graphics)

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The heavy rain could last up until the rush hour on Tuesday (Picture: PA)

Craig Snell, meteorologist at the Met Office, said: ‘We’ve really got a weather front kind of slicing the country and that’s where the rain band is – to the south of it we’ve got the milder air, to the north of it the colder.

‘So it’s going to be a cold front which is trying to push that that milder air away. It probably won’t win the day in the south, it will hang on to the milder air for a little bit longer.’

Regions caught in the rain, including southern Scotland, northern England and much of Wales, will see heavy and persistent showers in places and feel ‘pretty miserable’ until rush hour on Tuesday morning, Mr Snell added.

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It comes after the Scottish village of Kinlochewe provisionally set the UK record for temperature in January after hitting 19.6°C on Sunday.

This beats the previous January UK record of 18.3°C set at Inchmarlo and Aboyne in 2003 and Aber in 1958 and 1971.

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