What is a red UK weather warning and when does the Met Office issue the alert for snow, ice and wind?

What is a red UK weather warning and when does the Met Office issue the alert for snow, ice and wind?

- in Uk News

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.

The UK has seen a barrage of brutal winter weather in the past
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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.”

The warnings are given a colour to reflect the seriousness and likelihood of the impact, ranging from yellow, amber and red.

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.”

Snow can create potentially hazardous conditions in the UK
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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.

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.

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.

It’s always helpful to pass on weather warnings to family and friends by sharing them on Facebook, Twitter and other social media to spread the word.

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