BBC Weather: Brits warned as temperatures to drop below freezing tonight

BBC Weather: Chilly temperatures forecast across UK

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BBC Weather’s Sarah Keith-Lucas warned temperatures are a degree either side of freezing for the vast majority of the UK. There will be largely clear skies expected by midnight, with some mist developing on the hills. She said: “We’ve got these winds coming in from a northerly direction bringing cold air mass but also showers.

“This morning, plenty of showers in Scotland, some of them wintry over the higher ground.

“It really is eastern England that will keep the showers through the course of the day.

“The winds are going to be quite strong and fresh gusting up to 30mph particularly down the east coast.

“This evening and overnight many places will see the showers easing away.

“Temperatures overnight it’s going to be cold wtih tempeature a degree or so either side of freezing for many of us.

“A frost to start off your Monday morning, some slightly cold air in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

“England and Wales, most places looking dry and sunny during the day.”

It comes as a “whirlwind” relative, a “quick-as-lightning” goalkeeper, and a daughter who “leaves a trail of destruction” are among friends, family members, and pets to feature in a new list of storm names.

BBC Weather: Temperatures forecast to plunge across the UK

More than 10,000 suggestions were submitted to the Met Office for the list of names for the strongest weather systems to hit the UK, Ireland, and the Netherlands over the coming year.

The first storm of the year, which runs from September 2021 to the end of August 2022, will be called Arwen, a name thought to be of Welsh origin and popularised by JRR Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings books.

Kim, Logan, Ruby, and Dudley are among the names put forward by the UK public and selected by the Met Office, along with Met Eireann and Dutch national weather forecasting service the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI).

A Met Office spokesman said Kim was nominated in recognition of a “whirlwind” relative and a self-confessed weather watcher, while Logan, a name of Scottish origin, was nominated by several parents and grandparents, including a mention of a grandson who “runs through the house like a tornado” and another who is “as quick as lightning” when playing as a goalkeeper.

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Ruby made the final cut after being nominated by a pet owner whose cat “comes in and acts like a storm” and a parent whose daughter “leaves a trail of destruction” when she enters the house.

Dudley fought off competition from seven other names beginning with D to top a poll on Twitter after being submitted by a couple who will share the last name of Dudley when they get married in 2022.

Other names on the list – which does not use names beginning with Q, U, X, Y, or Z – include Barra, Corrie, Eunice, Franklin, Gladys, Herman, Imani, Jack, Meabh, Nasim, Olwen, Pol, Sean, Tineke, Vergil, and Willemien.

The naming of storms – which is now in its seventh year in the UK, Ireland, and the Netherlands – aims to raise awareness of the potential impact of severe weather events and help people to stay safe and protect themselves and their property before the storm arrives.

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