SEVERE weather conditions can bring travel chaos, damage property and pose a potential threat to life.
That’s why the Met Office issues weather warnings to help people prepare. Here’s the lowdown on the types of warnings and what they mean.
What is a red weather warning?
The Met Office issues warnings ahead of severe or hazardous weather which has the potential to cause “damage, widespread disruption and/or danger to life.”
Red is the most serious of the weather warnings.
It means “extreme weather” is expected.
The Met Office says: “Red means you should take action now to keep yourself and others safe from the impact of the weather.
“Widespread damage, travel and power disruption and risk to life is likely.
“You must avoid dangerous areas and follow the advice of the emergency services and local authorities.”
When does the Met Office issue red weather warnings for rain, wind, snow, fog and ice?
Rain, wind, snow, fog and ice all threaten to cause disruption to our daily lives – and at the worst put our lives in danger.
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.
Red warnings are issued for RAIN where there is likely to be widespread flooding of homes and businesses, danger to life from fast flowing water, dangerous driving conditions and prolonged disruption to transport and utilities.
Red warnings are issued for ICE and SNOW when there is a widespread risk from slips and falls, travel routes will be cut off and whole communities isolated.
Red warnings are issued for WIND are issued when there is a danger to life from flying debris, and widespread property damage and disruption to travel and power networks are forecast.
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How do you find out when red 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.