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Light winds and high pressure 'led to pollution problem'

The Met Office said very light winds and high pressure have led to high pollution levels in parts of the UK today.

The dust blown over from the Sahara at the weekend is "lingering" as the lack of wind means there is "nowhere for it to go," a spokeswoman said.

However, a change in weather tomorrow means the air quality should be very good by Friday, she added.

Extreme rainfall due in part to climate change

The extreme rainfall seen across the south of the country is due in part to climate change the Met Office has said.

Warmer air carries more moisture meaning heavier rain and increasing temperatures in the north Atlantic have meant more rain for the UK.

Residents struggle through floodwater in Egham, Surrey. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Jeff Knight from the Met Office says: "Climate change to date has probably contributed to the some degree, in the extreme rainfall we have seen this winter.

"However that does not necessarily mean we will regularly experience weather like this in the future."

Severe weather warnings across the south and Wales

Severe weather warnings are in place tonight and over the weekend. Credit: Met Office

Warnings for high winds and severe rain have been issued tonight for the south west, the south of England and most of Wales.

The Met Office has warned those in the areas highlighted to be prepared for disruption caused by the extreme weather tonight and into the weekend.

For more information see the Met Office website.


Satellite image shows more bad weather brewing

The Met Office have shared a picture showing more bad weather on the way for the UK and especially the south west, which has already suffered substantial flooding.

Met Office tweet Sochi weather updates

The Met Office has tweeted that it plans to share some facts on the weather in Sochi, compared to that in the UK, to mark the first day of the Winter Olympics.

Gales of 92mph recorded in Isles of Scilly last night

The Isles of Scilly experienced the strongest wind last night as recorded by the Met Office between 3pm on Tuesday and 8am today:

  • St Mary's Airport, Isles of Scilly - 92mph
  • Berry Head, Devon - 91mph
  • Culdrose, Cornwall - 76mph
  • Needles Old Battery, Isle of Wight - 71mph
  • Plymouth, Devon - 71mph

Met Office warns of winds gusting up to 70mph

The Met Office has an amber alert for high winds across the entire south coast of England as well as the South West and southern Wales.

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