After the dry September and October, normal service is gradually being restored with wind and rain now set to feature fairly regularly over the coming days.
First off, just to clarify the situation with regard to wind warnings. We currently have a yellow wind warning out with medium likelihood of minor impacts for the Pennines and areas immediately east of, covering the period 1700 to midnight but this only just intercepts the county boundary at its eastern extremity and thus is only of real concern to anyone planning trans-Pennine journeys this evening.
Of more immediate concern is the rain that is becoming more extensive and heavy and is set to continue for a while longer this afternoon before turning lighter and more intermittent later in the afternoon and into the evening. There is no official warning out for this at present and the Flood Guidance Statement is currently showing green for flood risk across Cumbria. However, there are a series of Environment Agency flood alerts already in force across many of the county’s rivers and I notice there are already a couple of reports of traffic disruption due to surface water appearing on the travel websites (M6 J40 to J36) and the A591 (Windermere to Troutbeck Bridge). Hence the advice is to allow for some time delays due to large puddles and excess surface water, pretty much anywhere across the county but especially across the central and southern parts of the county.
That just about it for the moment – any changes to the warnings status will be communicated as early as possible. Just to remind you all current warnings can be viewed either on Hazard Manager or on the web at;
Beyond today the weather looks determined to remain in mild, unsettled mode for the foreseeable future but for the moment there are no individual rain or wind events to flag up. If there are any notable impacts from today’s rain I would be very interested to hear of them, there is also our dedicated web site for inputting your own observations, be they numerical or impact-based, http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/
In the meantime I wish you all a good day,
Alan Goodman; Met Office Advisor (Civil Contingencies)