THE weather in the UK can be unpredictable whatever the time of year.
Here, we explain why the Met Office issues colour-coded weather warnings to give people advice on how to stay safe during hazardous weather.
What is a yellow weather warning?
To help prepare people for potentially dangerous or disruptive weather, the Met Office provides colour-coded warnings to try and keep the public informed.
The warnings are given a colour to reflect the seriousness, ranging from yellow, amber and red.
Yellow is the least dangerous out of the weather warnings – it means “be aware”.
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Severe weather is possible over the next few days and could affect you.
This potentially means cancelling plans, having to deal with travel delays, road and rail closures, interruption to power and the potential risk to life and property.
When does the Met Office issue yellow weather warnings?
Rain, wind, snow, fog and ice all threaten to cause disruption to our days – or at the very worst put our lives in danger.
Equally, incredibly hot and sunny weather can also be just as disruptive and dangerous.
To prevent serious accidents or death, the Met Office will issue a weather warning – normally five days ahead – giving the public time to make alternative travel plans to help minimise disruption.
Yellow is issued when low level impact is caused and refers to a wide range of weather situations
The Met Office says: “Many people may be able to continue with their daily routine, but there will be some that will be directly impacted and so it is important to assess if you could be affected.
“Other yellow warnings are issued when the weather could bring much more severe impacts to the majority of people but the certainty of those impacts occurring is much lower.
When the Met Office issues a yellow warning, it means experts believe you should be prepared to change your plans and protect yourself, your family, and community from the impacts of the severe weather.
When the UK is experiencing typical seasonal weather, the Met Office does not send out weather warnings.
It is advisable to keep an eye out for the weather forecast.
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How do you find out when yellow weather warnings are in place?
There are a number of ways you can be alerted to severe weather warnings in the UK.
Most people rely on radio and TV to find out the latest breaking weather news.
Others go straight to the source and visit the Met Office website, while others sign up to phone apps, RSS and email alerts so they can be notified while they’re on the go through push-notifications.