Lively weather expected this week including gales and snow, Please be prepared

There will be some disruptive weather in places this week with frequent snow showers and strengthening winds.

Regions and local authorities affected:

Central, Tayside & Fife, East Midlands, East of England, London & South East England, North East England, North West England, Northern Ireland SW Scotland, Lothian Borders, South West England, Strathclyde, Wales, West Midlands, Yorkshire & Humber

Chief Forecaster's assessment

During Wednesday night and into Thursday there is the potential for gusts of 60-70 mph quite widely and a small chance of winds reaching 80 mph in places. The location of the most damaging winds is currently uncertain, although parts of northern and eastern England along with southern Scotland currently look more at risk. 

Along with the strong winds a spell of heavy rain can also be expected, which could also be combined with a temporary thaw of lying snow in the north.

A Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) causes Arctic air to suddenly heat up and send freezing air to the UK

After causing massive destruction at Tonga and Fiji through the south Pacific it is now head on for New Zealand with winds hitting 120mph

Some people could even lose Mobile phone signal due to cold confitions, Met Office warns