(WALES, U.K) JUST IN: Snowdonia was the wettest place in the UK on Friday, as nearly two dozen flood alerts were put in place following downpours #AceWeatherDesk report

#AceWeatherReport – May.22: In Bridgend a family described seeing the roof blow off a house: Conditions on the M48 Severn Bridge have eased, with restrictions lifted: Windspeeds of 68mph (115km/h) were recorded on Mumbles Head in Swansea earlier on Friday:

Ace Weather Desk says ……Wales Flood warnings as heavy rain and winds hit: Gusts of 71mph (115km/h) were also recorded at Capel Curig, where more than 4in (106mm) of rain fell in 36 hours: A weather warning for wind issued by the Met Office was in place until 21:00 BST on Friday.

11 hours ago

People in strong winds in Tenby
Strong winds hit coastal areas on Thursday and are continuing to cause problems

Several areas of south and mid Wales had been affected by power outages, according to Western Power Distribution

More than 1,000 properties in Rhondda Cynon Taf, more than 300 on the Gower Peninsula and nearly 300 in northern Cardiff were left without electricity earlier – but power has been restored in most areas of Wales. 

A family in Bridgend described how they felt “panic” when they saw their roof blow off their home.

Adam PreddyThe fire service was called when a roof was blown off at Park Street in BridgendPhillip Dyke and Gaelle Stephan saw the roof blow off their home in Bridgend

“We called the fire brigade and within about an hour the roof came past our window and landed on the street,” said Phillip Dyke, who lives with his partner Gaelle and their 11-month-old baby.

“It was like something from a film.”

Ms Stephan said she was in “disbelief” as she saw the top of building come off, like it was “not really real.” 

It comes after a surfer had to be rescued after getting into difficulty off Anglesey on Thursday.

Train services across south Wales are also disrupted, with lines closed and trains delayed.

Flooding also meant services were suspended on the Conwy Valley line in north Wales between Llanrwst and Blaenau Ffestiniog.

In Ceredigion, the A487 between Cardigan and Penbryn was closed in both direction on Friday evening due to fallen trees.

In addition to flood alerts across Wales, Natural Resources Wales has also issued a full flood warning for the Lower Dee Valley in north-east Wales.

Wet and windy end to the week before settling down

The yellow warning will be in force from 15:00 Thursday evening through to 21:00 Friday night, with some delays to transport likely and damage to outdoor temporary structures possible, as well as some tree damage.  

The wind warning coincides with further unsettled weather across much of the UK, as an area of low pressure moves in from the west on Thursday, bringing continued wet and windy weather for the UK. The heaviest rain on Thursday will fall in Northern Ireland, southern Scotland, northwest Wales and northern England with between 40mm and 60mm expected in places.  

Outbreaks of heavy rain will continue for much of the UK into Friday while the wind warning is in place for southern areas but the low pressure system will gradually clear out into the North Sea later on Friday, leaving continued showery remnants for the weekend.  

Chief Meteorologist Dan Suri said: “The low pressure system moving in from the west is going to bring some heavy rain across much of the UK from Thursday and into Friday. With wind looking to be strongest in southern coastal areas, as well as Wales, there’s a chance of some disruption to travel plans and potential damage to temporary structures, such as tents and marquees.”

There will be plenty of sunshine on offer out there this afternoon with highs of 18 °C 🌤️

However it won’t be entirely dry, particularly in the east, as there’ll be some heavy showers around with a risk of thunder ⛈️ pic.twitter.com/KKUqhKIzOl— Met Office (@metoffice) May 19, 2021

Despite unsettled conditions continuing through the weekend, there is a sign of drier conditions to come from Tuesday, with some indications of temperatures starting to climb towards more typical figures for the time of year. This spell of weather will likely keep nights cooler than the long-term average, but warmer days compared to what we’ve seen recently.  

Dan added: “There are some glimmers of hope in the forecast into next week, with more settled weather possible from Tuesday. In areas of prolonged sunshine, we should be seeing some quite pleasant conditions, but night temperatures will continue to stay stubbornly low.” https://www.youtube.com/embed/XlqQfPkb9vA?rel=0

May so far has been cooler and wetter than average. although still not at record levels for the month. The full review of May’s weather will be available at the end of the month.

#AceWeatherDesk report …Published: May.22: 2021:

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(BEIJING, China.) JUST IN: The Chinese capital has been shrouded in thick brown dust due to heavy winds blowing in from the Gobi Desert and parts of north-western and creating what the weather bureau has called the biggest sandstorm in a decade #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.15: Skyscrapers in the centre of Beijing appeared to drop from sight amid the dust and sand: Traffic was snarled and more than 400 flights out of the capital’s two main airports were cancelled before midday (local time).

Beijing choked by worst dust storm in decade: ‘The China Meteorological Administration announced a yellow alert, saying sandstorms had spread from Inner Mongolia into the provinces of Gansu, Shanxi and Hebei, which surrounds Beijing’

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Skyscrapers disappeared from view and the air quality index worsened due to the sandstorm.

“It looks like the end of the world,” said Beijing resident Flora Zou, 25, who works in the fashion sector: “ In this kind of weather I really, really don’t want to be outside.”

A woman stands in front of a modern building covered in smog in Beijing
Chinese authorities have sought to reduce smog in Beijing.(AP: Andy Wong)

Air pollution reaches dangerous levels

The National Meteorological Centre forecasted the sand and dust would affect 12 provinces and regions from Xinjiang in the far north-west to Heilongjiang in the north-east and the eastern coastal port city of Tianjin. 

“This is the most intense sandstorm weather our country has seen in 10 years, as well as it covering the broadest area,” the centre said in a post on its website. 

A woman rides a bike down a street covered in yellow smog
The sandstorm brought a tinted haze to Beijing’s skies and sent air quality indices soaring.(Reuters: Thomas Peter)

Neighbouring Mongolia was also hit by heavy sandstorms, with at least 341 people reported missing, according to China’s state news agency Xinhua.

Flights have been grounded out of Hohhot, capital of China’s Inner Mongolia.

Around a fifth of the incoming and outbound flights at Beijing Capital International Airport and Beijing Daxing International Airport were also cancelled.

Beijing’s official air quality index reached a maximum of 500 on Monday morning, with floating particles known as PM10 rising beyond 8,000 micrograms per cubic metre in some districts, according to the city’s pollution monitoring centre.Loading

The World Health Organization recommends average daily PM 10 concentrations of no more than 50 micrograms.

Readings of PM2.5, smaller particles that infiltrate the lungs, were also above 300 micrograms per cubic metre, far higher than China’s standard of 35 micrograms.

The sandstorms were expected to shift south towards the Yangtze River delta and should clear by Wednesday or Thursday, the environment ministry said.

The ‘great green wall’

Beijing faces regular sandstorms in March and April due to its proximity to the massive Gobi Desert as well as deforestation and soil erosion throughout northern China.

Beijing has planted a “great green wall” of trees to trap incoming dust and has also tried to create air corridors that channel the wind and allow sand and other pollutants to pass through more quickly.

Commuters drive past office buildings shrouded in dust
Environmentalists say China needs to do more to reduce its dependency on coal.(AP: Andy Wong)

This has reduced the storms’ intensity, but the expansion of cities and industries has put constant pressure on the environment throughout China. 

It wasn’t clear if the storm was related to a recent general decline in air quality despite efforts to end Beijing’s choking smog.

Tangshan, China’s top steelmaking city and a major source of pollution in Beijing and Hebei, said on Saturday it would punish local enterprises for failing to carry out emergency anti-smog measures.

Beijing and surrounding regions have been suffering from high levels of pollution in recent weeks, with the city shrouded in smog during the national session of parliament which began on March 5.

The ruling Communist Party has pledged to reduce carbon emissions per unit of economic output by 18 per cent over the next five years.

Environmentalists say China needs to do more to reduce dependency on coal that has made it the world’s biggest emitter of climate-changing gasses. 

AP/Reuters

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Mar.15: 2021:

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(PORTLAND, Maine.) Ace Weather Report: The northeastern U.S. braced Saturday for a powerful, windy storm that forecasters say could bring 18 inches (46 centimeters) or more of heavy, wet snow to parts of the region according to Time #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.05: The heavy, blowing snow expected in the afternoon in New England may result in near-blizzard conditions that make travel difficult: The nor’easter could dump as much as a foot (30 centimeters) of snow on suburban Boston: ” The chief hazards with the current forecast include hazardous driving conditions in the early hours, the volume of wet snow forecasted to fall and possible gusty winds in coastal areas,” said Alec O’Meara, the spokesman for Unitil Corp., an electric and gas utility in New England: Crews are on standby in case of power outages, O’Meara said:

NorEasterly on Saturday as U.S.braced for powerful, windy storm that could bring 18-inches or more of heavy snow accoridng to Time.Com/

National Weather Service meteorologist Michael Clair of the Gray, Maine, office said the storm is beginning as rain and is expected to turn to snow Saturday afternoon: In some areas, snowfall of 3 inches (7.5 centimeters) per hour is possible: ” This is the first big one,” Clair said of the beginning of the winter season. “There has been some snow up in the mountains, but this is the first one across where most people live.”……….While localized totals of more than 18 inches are possible in the higher terrain, Clair says that in general, the region is expected to get hit hardest just inland, where forecasts call for about a foot of snow.

Areas south of New England, including the New York region, are expected to see heavy rain and strong winds: In Canada, the storm is expected to affect southern Quebec and New Brunswick:

#AceNewsDesk report ……………..Published: Dec.05: 2020:

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#HurricaneRosa intensified into a major storm in the Pacific Ocean, with maximum sustained winds near 145 miles per hour (230 kph) and little change in strength was expected overnight, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said late on Thursday #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Sept.28: On the Pacific side, Powerful hurricane ‘Rosa’ may threaten #Phoenix and the desert southwest with strong winds and very heavy rain early next week. #Rosa #tropics #khou11 #houston #weather #HTownRush pic.twitter.com/ddMasZXeYd— david paul (@DavidPaulKHOU) September 27, 2018: Ace Newsroom Live https://ift.tt/2OkA6rU #AceNewsDesk reports

Rosa, a Category 4 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, was about 605 miles (975 km) southwest of the southern tip of Baja California and moving west at almost 9 mph (15 kph).

It is the seventh category 4 hurricane of the season.

“Little significant change in strength is forecast overnight, with some slow weakening anticipated by Saturday, and a larger decrease in wind speed expected early next week,” the NHC said in its advisory.

Swells generated by Rosa are forecast to affect parts of the coastlines of southwestern Mexico, the southern Baja California Peninsula, and southern California later this week and over the weekend.

“These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions,” the Miami-based center said.

However, no coastal watches or warnings are in effect, the NHC said.

#Mexico Weather Alert: Tropical Storm #Rosa could become a major hurricane on Thursday Sept 27. Swells generated by Rosa will affect portions of SW Mexico and southern #BajaCalifornia. Swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip currents. http://ow.ly/BZKN30lZlG8 pic.twitter.com/7UhTjSbBme

Reuters: https://t.me/reuters_news/57307 Published: September.28:2018: Reporting by Anthony Esposito; Editing by Sandra Maler and Darren Schuettler

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‘ UNITED NATIONS IPCC CLIMATE CHANGE REPORT FINAL SYNTHESIS RELEASED ‘

#AceNewsServices – 03 – November 2014 – The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has today released the final synthesis report for its Fifth Assessment Report on the current scientific knowledge around our changing climate.

' Landmark report on climate change finalised '

‘ Landmark report on climate change finalised ‘

Distilling and integrating material from the three Working Group reports on the science, impacts and mitigation of climate change, the Synthesis Report will be a vital document for policymakers.

Hundreds of leading scientists, including many from the Met Office, and thousands of expert reviewers have been involved in compiling the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), and this final report marks the end of the process.

The Synthesis Report is available to download from the IPCC’s website.

While it is already well established that increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases from human emissions have been contributing to global temperature rise, the report focuses on how much warming we may see, where it will warm fastest and what the implications are for people all over the world.

Key conclusions include:

  • There is more confidence than ever before that the world is warming because we can see changes across our climate system – including temperatures, sea level rise, shrinking glaciers and reducing Arctic sea ice;

  • There is mounting evidence that human activity has altered extremes of weather and will cause further changes in the future;

  • Climate change is having an impact on the natural world and we expect those impacts to become greater in future – with species changing locations and responding to changes in seasons;

  • Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have risen by more than 40% since pre-industrial times, and manmade greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise;

  • It is inevitable that we will see some further warming, but reducing greenhouse gas emissions would substantially reduce the risks of climate change later this century.

Professor Dame Julia Slingo, Chief Scientist at the Met Office, said: “This important report from the IPCC provides a science basis for global policymakers to make key decisions in the coming months and years.

“The next challenge for climate science is to accelerate our understanding of regional and local impacts to help society manage the risks associated with future climate changes and weather extremes.

“This will involve using advances in supercomputing to understand better how the climate system will continue to change both in the UK and around the world. By doing this we can provide a solid evidence base to ensure UK investment decisions, and our future prosperity, remain resilient to future climate risk.”

Last updated: 31 October 2014

#ANS2014 

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Scotland records UK’s hottest day of 2014 as temperatures top 26C


Summer sun: Warm weather was enjoyed across central Scotland on Wednesday.

Scotland has recorded the hottest UK temperature of the year, with Perthshire soaring to 26.5C on Wednesday.

The record-equalling high was set at Strathallan, near the village of Forgandenny. STV (Scottish Television) weather presenter Sean Batty, who said the warm temperatures of the past few days have made parts of Scotland just as hot as many Mediterranean holiday destinations, warned Scots to take care. “The UV levels are at their highest point now with just a few days to go till the summer solstice,” he said. “Towards the end of the week the temperatures will come down to mid teen values for most of the country and there will also be a higher risk of some showery rain.” The temperature set at Strathallan equals that recorded in Writtle in Essex on Monday. My city hot 27 yesterday and it was BAKING outside. Here in Scotland we make the most of this weather, it could last a day, a week, an hour 😀 And of course nobody can deny eye candy right?


1 mile from my house

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` Rescuers Report Finding Seven Survivors of a Minibus Crash ‘

#AceNewsServices – DAGESTAN – June 04  – Rescuers have reportedly found seven survivors of a minibus crash in the Russian North Caucasus Republic of Dagestan.

One child was found dead, ITAR-TASS quoted a duty police officer in Tsuntinsky district as saying on Wednesday.

The information was preliminary, and it was still unclear how many passengers had been on the bus, he said.

Ten people were killed and seven injured after a minibus fell off a cliff in Russia’s North Caucasus Republic of Dagestan, RIA Novosti reported. Two children were among those dead, according to local police. In the past few days, it has been raining heavily in the Tsuntinsky district where the incident happened.

The accident that happened near the settlement of Sagada on Wednesday morning might have been caused by adverse weather conditions. “It has been raining heavily in the district in the past few days. Perhaps the road was damaged,” the officer said.

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Religion, heaven, hatred, JFK, John Lennon, Imagine

Imagine by John Lennon is a song that will stand the test of time, no argument, it is a masterpiece. One thing that I struggle with is when people say “Why would we want no Heaven and no religion t00” I don’t think this was what John was actually meaning, he sang for world peace and like Bob Marley, JFK and his Brother, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and many more who came with the same message, they were killed, or shot, every time someone with a message of Hope and Peace comes along they get killed. Jesus, the good book tells us came to Earth, he was killed, if Jesus came again, I truly believe we would kill him again. Satan runs this blue globe, we just have people who believe in God and too many Religions

These are his a lyric in his song. NOW, When I ask a religious person who live by their chosen book about say, Noah’s Ark, we know the story is not entirely true, but there may be truth somewhere in the story, two of every Animal on a boat today would be impossible. I get told “Shaun it’s a metaphor” People dislike that line “Imagine there’s no heaven” but look right over many other lines in the song “Imagine all the people living life in peace”

So when people say to me “I don’t like Imagine, why would we want no heaven” I don’t get offended I get confused, not to the stage I want to cry 😀 But I see God as the way, religion was man made, so is flawed. John Lennon believed in God then stopped, he is quoted many times saying religion poisoned his soul, there is a song below, he wanted love and peace, his message was simple, his song’s a metaphor. But when he sang “Imagine there’s no Heaven or religion” REALLY, think, imagine there was not, nor religion, would the World not be a better place? His song was a metaphor, we can’t have our cake and eat it, I ask if the fear of Death makes people add religion to their lives. John also said “We measure God through our Pain”

All I know is, for me and what I see, people turn to God in times of trouble, I do also, but I also thank God when things are going good, how many don’t do this. My mother told me “Never talk Religion or Politics” Well sadly I am very opinionated and in this blog I cover both subjects. I dislike the fact we can’t talk religion on the presumption it WILL cause an argument, if that is so, then am I right? I am asking here, I mean to offend nobody, my big ‘ol brain just got turning on this one

Religion is not the problem I said it a few blogs ago, people are. I was playing this song earlier and I remember I put it on my Song of the day once and got abuse for it, yeah abuse from religious god loving people

John isn’t saying “Imagine there is no God” IT IS A METAPHOR, he is singing about a World of peace. The exact same metaphor as most if not all of the bible, stories with a truth behind them. We can’t know the bible is true, we can only have faith in its words. If anyone can show me every word is true, bring it on. But I don’t need words to love MY God, same God you love, and to pray every day

Just Imagine a life, a world with no religion, just people loving God, now would that not be good? Also Lawyers and CEO’s, but that is another blog. I truly believe people who dislike Imagine need to educate themselves on the meaning of the song. I ask MANY questions from many people about God and the Bible and am told “It’s a Metaphor” Also the peace sign, it’s NOT Jesus upside down on the cross, it means Nuclear disarmament People must educate themselves away from a book, I can prove this but many will believe as they do anyway, like the woman I spoke to who didn’t believe in dinosaurs http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_symbols

Many times people have unfollowed me for saying these things, I think these people bring my blog to be true. To dislike someone for asking a question, well they were never a friend. If you have faith and believe every Word of your book, I respect that, but open your mind, just for a second and think away from that book. There is a saying here in Scotland “Never trust anyone with one Book” The joke I believe is or was aimed at Islam, again I have no problems with Islam, just the fundamentalists, but we have Christian fundamentalists in the Westboro Baptist Church.

frz7So I ask, if people who hate all Muslims due to fundamentalists are for real, then should everyone hate all Christians because of Westboro Baptist Church. I am asking a question and I would appreciate ADULTS debate. I may even learn something. I also can’t get my mind around people who want to talk about Gay Marriage and Abortion when the World is on the brink of war! STOP FIGHTING OVER WHO MADE THE WORLD AND US AND COME TOGETHER ON WHO IS KILLING IT AND US!!

JFK was our last hope, our last chance. nobody will come again, he warned us and as you all know, he died 6 days after this speech

I did a blog in my old blog Prayingforoneday and someone, a woman I called a friend said “You can’t ask that, it’s stupid” then unfollowed me. This is a woman of God, but sadly her religion made her hate. I ask, do you think religion makes people hate? There are over 5,000 religions on Earth, why is this? So many branches coming off the same tree of life and all throwing stones at each other

God I love and pray to every day, religion causes so many issues, but it’s the people in religion who hate over 1 song for example.

It’s easy if you try, to just love and not push people away from Church’s, as many do

This was no rant, this was me writing in the hope of debate and as I say, I may learn something new

Should any religious person get angry at me, you are proving my point

I know I am right, but so do you, and there is our problem

More love, less hate

Shaun

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” Surviving the Polar Vortex and How People Coped in Atlanta”

#AceWeatherNews says a recent article in the CSM describes how the people of Atlanta coped during the recent “Polar Vortex” when temperatures fell to as low as 6 degrees Farenheit   

Satellite Image Shows Entry of the Polar Vorte...

Satellite Image Shows Entry of the Polar Vortex into the Northern U.S. (Photo credit: NASA Goddard Photo and Video)

Anthony Gray did what almost all of the 6,000 or so homeless people in Atlanta had to do Monday, as temperatures plunged to a record 6 degrees F.: He made a decision to possibly save his own life, or at least his fingers and toes, from the polar vortex.

  • A person who says he likes his own space, which means often sleeping by himself outdoors, Mr. Gray decided to seek shelter with the multitudes clustering around community hearths amid a dangerous, even deadly, Arcticcold wave that weather experts said had the potential of freezing bare skin with only 15 minutes of exposure.

“All the homeless people ran for their lives, and I did, too!” says Gray, who took sanctuary in county-run Grady Hospital, which cares for the city’s poor. “I’d never seen it so cold in the South.” he said.

Good bye, Polar Vortex!

Good bye, Polar Vortex! (Photo credit: vanhookc)

As temperatures finally floated above freezing on Thursday, those who live in a part of the country unaccustomed to minus wind chills reflected on a dangerous few days that plunged Southern cities with vulnerable homeless people from Austin to Atlanta into a historic cold.

To be sure, the chill took its toll: Two people died in the Atlanta area from exposure, part of a cohort of some 21 people across the US who died for reasons connected in some way to the frigid weather.

Comparatively, however, only a few who perished could be considered chronically homeless, even though those folks are arguably the most cold-vulnerable group of Americans, with as many as 800,000 of them sleeping outside on any given night.

That suggests to some that many Americans showed particular, though perhaps not unexpected, concern for the less fortunate in a cold snap that exposed so many already-vulnerable citizens to weather that was, as Weather Channel meteorologist Kevin Roth told NBC News, “[It is cold enough to take your breath away}”

State emergency officials said they were on high alert as the dense mass of polar cold air approached last weekend. Yet in the end, not a single Georgia municipality requested help from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA), which mostly gave warnings and updates on the “weather event” as it proceeded into the midweek.

Polar Vortex

Polar Vortex (Photo credit: kingston99)

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“White Christmas in UK a Maybe According to Met Office”

#AceWeatherNews says as at 20 December 2013 – Met Office forecasters are expecting the current unsettled weather to continue in the run up to Christmas, with spells of heavy rain and strong winds affecting the UK at times.

Weather UnsettledMuch of this weekend will be cool and showery before an area of low pressure develops over the Atlantic on Sunday, deepening rapidly to pass just to the north-west of the UK on Monday and into Tuesday. This is bringing very strong winds and heavy rain to much of the UK from Monday morning through to late Tuesday morning and Met Office National Severe Weather Warningshave been issued for wind and rain across the southwest and northern areas of the UK over the next few days.

The public should be aware of the potential for significant disruption to travel due to the very strong winds and also the risk of some flooding issues due to the heavy rain.

Weather High WindsDuring this period of unsettled weather, people are advised to stay up to date with the latest Met Office forecasts and National Severe Weather Warnings and find out what to do in severe weatherso they can plan ahead for the weather in store and make the most of the festive season.

Chief Forecaster Eddy Carroll said: “We can expect stormy weather in many areas to start the Christmas week, but looking forward to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, we are expecting it to turn colder, with a mix of wintry showers and sunny spells but for wind speeds to drop. So there is a chance that some places may see a White Christmas“.

Throughout this unsettled spell Met Office forecasters and advisors are working round the clock with our partners to keep everyone up to date with the latest forecast information so they can plan and prepare for the expected weather.

An Environment Agency spokesperson said: “People who are set to be away from home for the festive period are urged to check the flood situation and take precautionary steps to prepare, for example by moving valuable items to safety, before travelling. People are also urged to check the flood risk situation for their journey and at their destination.

“People are also being urged not to drive through dangerous flood water. The Environment Agency has teams on the ground checking flood defences and monitoring river levels and will have teams ready to respond throughout the Christmas period.”

John McTaggart Head of On-Road Services at the Highways Agency said: “We are working closely with the Met Office to monitor conditions ahead of the weather being forecast for next week.

“Road users are urged to check traffic and weather conditions before setting out on journeys and to heed any advice such as speed restrictions once they are on motorways and major trunk roads.

“Be aware of sudden gusts of wind, and give high-sided vehicles, caravans, motorbikes and bicycles plenty of space. In the event of persistent high winds we may need to close certain bridges to traffic for a period, so please be alert for warnings of closures and follow signposted diversion routes.”

Don’t forget you can “Tell a Forecaster” the impacts the weather is having in your area, uploading photos and information via your mobile phone.

In this video Met Office Chief Forecaster, Eddy Carroll, explains how we expect the weather to develop over the next  few days, the potential for a stormy day on Monday and whether we’ll see a White Christmas.

Last updated: 20 December 2013

 

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#Public Information: For the Elderly About Cold-Weather Payments During this Winter

New figures show that the government has spent over £706 million since 2010 with 28 million Cold Weather Payments during the winter.

WinterAs the first icy blasts of cold weather set in, new figures reveal that the government has spent over £706 million since 2010 with 28 million Cold Weather Payments helping those most in need keep warm during the depths of winter.

Payments are made automatically to those who qualify when temperatures are forecast to plummet, including poorer pensioners, disabled adults and children, and families with children under 5 who receive an income-related benefit.

Cold Weather Payments are made for each 7-day period of very cold weather – if temperatures are recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below over 7 consecutive days.

Department for Work and Pensions Minister Steve Webb said:

We are absolutely committed to helping the poorest pensioners and those most susceptible to the cold. We permanently increased Cold Weather Payments to £25 a week to help them heat their homes when it’s really cold, and have paid out over £706m since 2010 on this support.

People who get Pension Credit are automatically paid Cold Weather Payments, and in the cold winter days ahead it’s even more important that older people check if they are entitled so they don’t miss out on Cold Weather Payments. If anyone thinks a family member, a friend or neighbour might be entitled to Pension Credit, I’d encourage them to ask them to get in touch and find out by calling – 0800 99 1234.

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Statistics on Cold Weather Payments since 2010, based on Social Fund Annual Reports, are below.

Scotland Wales England Great Britain
2010/11 Number of payments 3,757,900 754,800 12,719,500 17,232,200
Expenditure (£) £93,947,500 £18,870,000 £317,991,425 £430,808,925
Number of recipients 776,300 182,100 3,110,900 4,069,300
2011/12 Number of payments 72,500 124,100 4,970,300 5,166,900
Expenditure (£) £1,812,500 £3,102,500 £124,257,500 £129,172,500
Number of recipients 49,600 62,400 3,057,400 3,169,400
2012/13 Number of payments 306,600 253,100 5,285,300 5,845,000
Expenditure (£) £7,665,000 £6,327,500 £132,132,500 £146,125,000
Number of recipients 133,600 75,700 3,081,500 3,290,800
£ Totals £103,425,000 £28,300,000 £574,381,425 £706,106,425

Over this period 28,244,100 million payments were made.

The figures for Wales and Scotland only include those from weather stations which cover areas entirely in each of Wales and Scotland ; weather station areas which straddle the Wales/England or Scotland/England borders are included in the figures for England, so it is possible they include some under-reporting in Wales and Scotland border regions, and consequent over-reporting for England.

The number of payments and number of individuals are rounded to the nearest 1,000, expenditure figures are rounded to the nearest £100,000.

Information on payments and expenditure against individual weather stations is published each year in the Social Fund Annual Report.

Over 1 million pensioners may be entitled to Pension Credit worth up to £2.8bn (2009/10) who are not claiming it. People can claim Pension Credit, as well as Housing Benefit, in one free phone call on – 0800 99 1234 without the need to sign a form.

Winter Fuel Payments also provide a valuable contribution to help older people with fuel bills in the colder winter months. Winter Fuel Payments are paid to more than 9 million households. The payment is £200 for households with someone over women’s State Pension age and £300 for those with someone aged 80 and over.

Around 2 million households receive assistance each year through the Warm Home Discount scheme; and well over 1 million of the poorest pensioners will receive a discount of £135 off their energy bill in winter 2013/14.

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COLD WEATHER PLAN LAUNCHED BY MET OFFICE

English: Cold weather front

English: Cold weather front (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dear Readers and Followers,

Better to be safe than sorry, so thought this would be useful information for you and your loved ones. So can you share and care to as many people as possible so they can be safe this Winter?

Thanks Ian  

The Met Office, Department of Health, and Health Protection Agency have launched the  Cold Weather plan for England 2012 which aims to prepare for, alert people to and prevent the major avoidable effects on health during periods of severe cold in England.

The Cold Weather Plan, which has run successfully since 2011, has been developed by the Department of HealthMet Office and Health Protection Agency, and supported by AgeUK. The purpose of the Cold Weather Plan is to help raise awareness of the dangers of cold weather on health with both the public and professionals alike. It spells out what preparations both individuals and organisations could make to reduce health risks and includes specific measures to protect at-risk groups.

The Cold Weather Plan will be supported again this year by the Met Office Cold Weather Alert Service, which notifies frontline staff across the health, social care, Community and Voluntary sectors, and AgeUK, as well as the general public across England, when cold weather could impact on people’s’ health.

Although winter weather and snow can be fun, they are also associated with an increase in illnesses and injuries. Severe cold weather can be particularly dangerous for vulnerable groups such as older people and those with serious illnesses.

Met Office figures show that the winter of 2010/11 saw the coldest December in 100 years. Some areas saw temperatures fall as low as -10 and -20 °C overnight. Winter 2011/12 was milder but there were several cold snaps, notably at the start of February 2012.

The Met Office Cold Weather Alert Service runs from 1 November 2012 to 31 March 2013 and has five alert levels that depend on the severity of conditions. Together, the plan and alerts aim to prepare, alert and prevent the effects of winter weather on people’s health by helping keep people well.

Further details of how to prepare and reduce the effects of extreme weather conditions on your health can be found on THEIR website LINK BELOW!

Cold Weather Plan Launched Today just click link and a new page will open and take you to the sight information.

Link to information above: You can sign up as l have done for email alerts to your area of the UK at MET OFFICE ALERTS  

Be safe and sound this winter.

Regards, Editor {Ace News Group}

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