Met Office issue weather warning with Swindon set to be hit by weekend deluge

This Is Wiltshire: Heavy rain is expected to hit Swindon on Saturday Heavy rain is expected to hit Swindon on Saturday

THE wet weather from earlier this year looks set to continue after the Met Office issued a weather warning for Saturday.

From midnight onwards, Swindon could be hit by heavy rain for most of the day, although it could be at its worst in the morning.

The Met Office has issued the warning for most of the south west of England and Wales, although at this stage they do not know how severe it will be.

A spokeswoman said: “We have an area of low pressure heading up from the south west but unfortunately with this type of weather it is hard to predict how intense the rain will be or where it will hit.

“It may be some people only see a light shower during the day but we need people to be aware there could be heavy rain. For Swindon, if the rain does hit, it will most likely be in the morning.”

The Met Office have advised people to check their website which will be updated with information when they have it.

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12:18pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Always Grumpy says...

Severe wet weather?

That will mean bright and sunny then, going by the met office's usual performances in weather forecasting!

Mmmm, BBQ out this weekend I think.
Severe wet weather? That will mean bright and sunny then, going by the met office's usual performances in weather forecasting! Mmmm, BBQ out this weekend I think. Always Grumpy
  • Score: 16

12:24pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Oldtownmum says...

Think same was said only a week or two ago - didn't happen. Was a fine dry day. I'll take this with a pinch of salt!
Think same was said only a week or two ago - didn't happen. Was a fine dry day. I'll take this with a pinch of salt! Oldtownmum
  • Score: 10

1:25pm Wed 4 Jun 14

You slug says...

"unfortunately with this type of weather it is hard to predict how intense the rain will be or where it will hit"

And that's a forecast????
"unfortunately with this type of weather it is hard to predict how intense the rain will be or where it will hit" And that's a forecast???? You slug
  • Score: 4

3:25pm Wed 4 Jun 14

twasadawf says...

weather it happens everyday
weather it happens everyday twasadawf
  • Score: 4

4:06pm Wed 4 Jun 14

BCDR99 says...

You slug wrote:
"unfortunately with this type of weather it is hard to predict how intense the rain will be or where it will hit"

And that's a forecast????
Yes it is. In global terms, the UK makes up a tiny proportion of the area and therefore the South West even less. If it's heavy rain in a band that is 100 miles wide, it doesn't much of a change in direction to either drench Manchester or Brittany.

I'd rather have a forecast that says "We're not entirely sure, but it could be X or Y" than one that gives their best guess but dresses it up as fact and then they change their minds 3 hours before the system arrives. Leaving it as a best guess means people will keep an eye on the forecast so they can be better prepared. If they say definitely "scorchio" until next Tuesday, no-one's going to watch Friday's forecast are they? And then what happens if it pours down on Saturday?
[quote][p][bold]You slug[/bold] wrote: "unfortunately with this type of weather it is hard to predict how intense the rain will be or where it will hit" And that's a forecast????[/p][/quote]Yes it is. In global terms, the UK makes up a tiny proportion of the area and therefore the South West even less. If it's heavy rain in a band that is 100 miles wide, it doesn't much of a change in direction to either drench Manchester or Brittany. I'd rather have a forecast that says "We're not entirely sure, but it could be X or Y" than one that gives their best guess but dresses it up as fact and then they change their minds 3 hours before the system arrives. Leaving it as a best guess means people will keep an eye on the forecast so they can be better prepared. If they say definitely "scorchio" until next Tuesday, no-one's going to watch Friday's forecast are they? And then what happens if it pours down on Saturday? BCDR99
  • Score: 4

6:10pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Al Smith says...

BCDR99 wrote:
You slug wrote:
"unfortunately with this type of weather it is hard to predict how intense the rain will be or where it will hit"

And that's a forecast????
Yes it is. In global terms, the UK makes up a tiny proportion of the area and therefore the South West even less. If it's heavy rain in a band that is 100 miles wide, it doesn't much of a change in direction to either drench Manchester or Brittany.

I'd rather have a forecast that says "We're not entirely sure, but it could be X or Y" than one that gives their best guess but dresses it up as fact and then they change their minds 3 hours before the system arrives. Leaving it as a best guess means people will keep an eye on the forecast so they can be better prepared. If they say definitely "scorchio" until next Tuesday, no-one's going to watch Friday's forecast are they? And then what happens if it pours down on Saturday?
What you want is what they pretty much do. This is what the Met Office website says:

Warm, humid air is likely to be pulled northwards from France late on Friday and during Saturday. Within this air mass, there is an increasing likelihood that heavy, thundery showers will break out. It is likely that many places within the current broad warning area will miss the worst of the storms; over the next few days it may be possible to focus on the areas most at risk.


It's our sensationalist gutter press that is blame for "scorchio" headlines, yet no one seems to blame them it's always the Met Office / weather forecasters who are at fault. The Met Office even had to change how it released long term forecasts because of this.
[quote][p][bold]BCDR99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]You slug[/bold] wrote: "unfortunately with this type of weather it is hard to predict how intense the rain will be or where it will hit" And that's a forecast????[/p][/quote]Yes it is. In global terms, the UK makes up a tiny proportion of the area and therefore the South West even less. If it's heavy rain in a band that is 100 miles wide, it doesn't much of a change in direction to either drench Manchester or Brittany. I'd rather have a forecast that says "We're not entirely sure, but it could be X or Y" than one that gives their best guess but dresses it up as fact and then they change their minds 3 hours before the system arrives. Leaving it as a best guess means people will keep an eye on the forecast so they can be better prepared. If they say definitely "scorchio" until next Tuesday, no-one's going to watch Friday's forecast are they? And then what happens if it pours down on Saturday?[/p][/quote]What you want is what they pretty much do. This is what the Met Office website says: [quote]Warm, humid air is likely to be pulled northwards from France late on Friday and during Saturday. Within this air mass, there is an increasing likelihood that heavy, thundery showers will break out. It is likely that many places within the current broad warning area will miss the worst of the storms; over the next few days it may be possible to focus on the areas most at risk.[/quote] It's our sensationalist gutter press that is blame for "scorchio" headlines, yet no one seems to blame them it's always the Met Office / weather forecasters who are at fault. The Met Office even had to change how it released long term forecasts because of this. Al Smith
  • Score: 4

11:14pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Itssomewheretowork says...

Almost right. Adver, apart from torrential rain fell over Swindon within an hour of you posting the warning for Saturday. Still I suppose it better to be earlier rather than later!
Almost right. Adver, apart from torrential rain fell over Swindon within an hour of you posting the warning for Saturday. Still I suppose it better to be earlier rather than later! Itssomewheretowork
  • Score: -1

8:04am Thu 5 Jun 14

house on the hill says...

Does anyone actually take notice of forecasts more than 24 hours into the future anyway? Even the "experts" accept its hard to predict and we have such changeable weather in this country anyway. So on Saturday it might rain, thanks for letting us know.
Does anyone actually take notice of forecasts more than 24 hours into the future anyway? Even the "experts" accept its hard to predict and we have such changeable weather in this country anyway. So on Saturday it might rain, thanks for letting us know. house on the hill
  • Score: 0

9:14am Thu 5 Jun 14

IfItsONtheNet says...

Am I in Groundhog Day Swindon or is this just Deja -vu?
Could of sworn I saw this exact headline before.

If only I could remember the order the horses ran in.
Am I in Groundhog Day Swindon or is this just Deja -vu? Could of sworn I saw this exact headline before. If only I could remember the order the horses ran in. IfItsONtheNet
  • Score: -2

12:30pm Fri 6 Jun 14

GrumpyLocal says...

IfItsONtheNet wrote:
Am I in Groundhog Day Swindon or is this just Deja -vu?
Could of sworn I saw this exact headline before.

If only I could remember the order the horses ran in.
No, it's a glitch in the Matrix!
[quote][p][bold]IfItsONtheNet[/bold] wrote: Am I in Groundhog Day Swindon or is this just Deja -vu? Could of sworn I saw this exact headline before. If only I could remember the order the horses ran in.[/p][/quote]No, it's a glitch in the Matrix! GrumpyLocal
  • Score: 0

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