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Our special operations team, helping you in severe weather

Keep track of major weather incidents affecting roads around the UK, with the help of our 'storm-chasing' Special Operations Response Team (AA SORT for short). Our SORT team supports the AA's regular patrol force and is sent out during bouts of severe weather – usually situations involving floods, snow, ice and mud.

The team has had rigorous rescue training and often works alongside the local police, fire and rescue services, Mountain Rescue, and the Highways Agency, among others. This is the place to find out what they're up to.

We've also teamed up with expert meteorologist Matthew Hugo, BSc, FRMetS, RMet, who has more than seven years of forecasting experience, including winter hazard forecasting, to make sure you have useful information when you need it. Check our severe weather page for Met Office warnings.

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Monday 15 September 10am

Some rain and showers, but mostly dry

  • Rain and showers for parts of the north and north-east of the UK to start the week, dry elsewhere
  • Becoming mainly dry across many northern areas from mid-week onwards
  • Risk of some heavy and perhaps thundery showers developing across the far south later in the week
  • No widespread risk of heavy rain is expected this week with a lot of dry weather persisting
  • Remaining warm or very warm, especially after mid-week with temperatures above average.

Monday and Tuesday

Mostly cloudy conditions are expected across the northern half of the UK to start the week with the risk of some rain or showers developing at times, especially in east and south-east Scotland. Across this region some heavy rain and showers are possible at times and up to 15mm to 20mm of rainfall is possible. This will be the exception however, with many other areas of the UK starting the week dry with some bright or sunny spells.

Wednesday

Many northern areas of the UK become mainly dry by mid-week with the exception of a few well scattered showers across parts of Scotland. Further south, across central and southern areas of England and Wales, a few heavy and perhaps thundery showers may well develop during the middle and latter half of the afternoon. In-between any showers though further prolonged dry weather is expected with bright, sunny spells.

Thursday and Friday

weather map

Apart from a few showers or some patchy rain across the north the week is expected to end dry with some bright or sunny spells at times, especially across W Scotland, NW England and parts of Ireland. For central and southern areas of England and Wales the threat of some heavy showers or thunderstorms is currently expected to increase. The main areas at risk have been highlighted on the associated graphic and where these showers do develop then some locally torrential downpours are possible.

Temperatures and severe weather

Heavy rain or showers across parts of the east and south-east Scotland may bring some poor driving conditions here early in the week. The main threat of severe weather comes from the risk of heavy showers and thunderstorms across parts of the south later in the week. Temperatures this week will continue to be above average and especially after mid-week with temperatures across England and Wales locally reaching highs of 22°C to 25°C. Quite a humid feel is expected as well later in the week and temperatures by night will also be particularly high for the time of year.

Matt Hugo, Meteorologist

Friday 12 September, 2pm

  • High pressure, leading to fine and settled conditions, is expected to continue to dominate this weekend
  • Many areas will remain dry with further bright or sunny spells, especially in the west
  • Cloudier conditions developing during Sunday in the east with a low risk of isolated showers
  • Winds becoming moderate in the south on Sunday, but many areas will remain warm

Saturday

High pressure situated to the north-east of the British Isles will continue to dominate the weather through Saturday. As a result many areas will remain dry with further bright or sunny spells, these prolonged at times, especially across more western areas of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Cloudier intervals are expected across more eastern areas of the UK at times.

Sunday

Overall little change is expected into Sunday with many areas remaining dry with further bright or sunny spells, again especially across more western areas. One subtle change is that cloud is likely to continue to thicken across more eastern areas of the UK and this may well lead to the risk of a few isolated light showers or some patchy drizzle in places, especially by the end of the day. However, this will be the exception to the rule and many areas will remain dry throughout the day.

Temperatures

Temperatures through the coming weekend will remain slightly above average with maximum temperatures ranging between 18°C and 22°C across most areas. However, it will be somewhat cooler across Scotland and E England with highs here around 14°C to 17°C. Overnight temperatures won’t be just as low as of late either due to an increasing breeze and overall cloudier conditions at night.

Matt Hugo, Meteorologist

Wednesday 10 September, 9am

  • Remaining dry, sunny and warm for many areas of the UK to end the week
  • Temperatures near to average and pleasantly warm in the sunshine but rather chilly by night
  • Risk of some localised mist and fog patches in places
  • Generally fine and settled conditions continuing into the coming weekend as well.

Wednesday to Friday

The fine and settled conditions will continue throughout the rest of the week as high pressure continues to dominate the weather. Further bright or sunny spells are expected across many areas at times and these will be prolonged too. Some variable amounts of cloud are possible, but overall plenty of sunshine is to be expected. Some localised mist and fog patches are possible overnight.

Temperatures

Temperatures through the remainder of the week ranging between 17C and 22C across many areas of the UK. Overnight temperatures are expected to range between 5C and 10C across more rural areas, but between 9C and 13C across more urban areas.

Matt Hugo, Meteorologist

Monday 8 September 2pm

Fine and settled week ahead

  • Another fine and settled week for many areas as high pressure dominates the weather
  • Bright or sunny spells across many areas at times, despite some cloud at times too
  • Temperatures near to average, pleasantly warm the sunshine but rather chilly by night
  • Risk of some localised mist and fog patches in places
  • Generally fine and settled conditions continuing into next weekend as well.

Monday to Friday

The coming week will be dominated by high pressure of which will produce another fine and settled week for many areas of the British Isles. Days will be characterized by bright or sunny spells, with some variable amounts of cloud at times too. Where cloud does develop then it will feel quite cool, but equally in any sunshine it will be pleasantly warm in light winds. A few light showers may develop across the far north and north-west of Scotland later in the week and also perhaps across the E and SE of England at times, but this will be the exception to the rule and many areas will experience no measurable rainfall this week

Overnight conditions will produce the risk of some mist and fog patches, these locally dense in places but are likely to clear readily during the morning hours and overall shouldn’t cause too many problems in terms of travel. There is a risk of ground frost early in the week across rural areas, but overnight temperatures should increase somewhat later in the week.

Temperatures

Temperatures through the coming week will generally be near to average with highs across England and Wales ranging between 16C and 20C and across Scotland and Ireland between 14C and 18C. It will feel pleasantly warm in the sunshine but conditions won’t be as warm as they were last week. Nights will be chilly with lows ranging between 5C and 10C generally.

Matt Hugo, Meteorologist

Friday 5 September, 7:50am

  • A mainly dry weekend is expected for most of England, Wales and Ireland with bright or sunny spells
  • Showers or longer spells of rain are expected for a time across Scotland in particular
  • Risk of windy conditions across Scotland too
  • Temperatures lower than of late as it turns cooler and fresher from the north with chilly nights
  • Fine and settled conditions continuing into next week

Rest of Friday

Mostly cloudy conditions dominate across Scotland and Ireland as a weather front brings outbreaks of rain and showers which slowly move south-eastwards. Ahead of this, across most of England and Wales, another dry, bright or sunny and warm day is expected. A few showers may develop across north England this afternoon, but generally these will be quite isolated and the week will end dry and warm for most areas.

Saturday

A mixture of sunshine and showers is expected across Scotland and northern England during the day as early rain across northern England breaks up. The showers will generally be well scattered so some prolonged dry and bright, or sunny conditions are expected but it will feel cooler than of late across the northern half of the UK. For central and southern areas of England it is expected to be a mainly dry day with bright or sunny spells. A few showers may develop across the far south of England by evening, but these will be the exception rather than the rule and for most another fine, settled and pleasantly warm day is likely.

Sunday

For most of the UK Sunday will be a dry day with bright or sunny spells after a much cooler start than of late. Scotland will be mostly cloudy through the day with a fresh or strong northerly wind accentuating the cool feel here and with outbreaks of rain developing, some of which may be heavy across the north and east of Scotland. Elsewhere though it will be dry and feeling pleasant in the sunshine, but still feeling cooler than of late and a chilly evening is then set to follow.

Temperatures

This weekend will generally be on a downward trend after the warm or very warm week this week. Temperatures across Scotland, Ireland and northern England will range between 14C and 18C generally, whilst further south highs ranging between 16C and 21C is likely. Nights will be markedly cooler than of late too with temperatures falling into single figures on Saturday night, especially rurally with a distinct autumnal feel to the weather both early and late each day from Saturday onwards.

Matt Hugo, Meteorologist

Wednesday 3 September, 7am

  • For most areas generally remaining fine and settled through the rest of the week
  • Spells of warm sunshine are expected at times across England and Wales in particular
  • Cloudier conditions developing across Scotland on Thursday into Friday with some rain or showers
  • Areas of low cloud, mist and fog patches remain possible by night and during the morning hours
  • Temperatures, overall, near or slightly above average so quite warm for most areas.

Rest of Wednesday

Areas of low cloud, mist and some fog early on will gradually lift to leave many areas of the UK dry with bright or sunny spells into the afternoon. As with the last few days however areas of cloud will remain or develop in places and this will lead to rather cloudy conditions for some with limited bright spells. Feeling pleasantly warm, especially in any sunshine given light winds as well.

Thursday and Friday

The rest of the week is expected to remain generally fine and settled for most areas. High pressure remains an influential feature of the weather and this will maintain settled conditions with further bright or sunny spells developing in places. However, areas of low cloud, mist and fog will remain a risk too and where these occur will allow for only limited brighter intervals. Cloudier conditions are forecast to develop across Scotland later on Thursday and into Friday and some outbreaks of rain or showers are expected here to end the week.

Temperatures

Expect near or slightly above average through the rest of the week with some pleasantly warm spells of sunshine. Maximum temperatures ranging between 18C and 22C is expected quite widely, but perhaps up to 23C to 25C in places where sunshine is most prevalent. It will, however, be somewhat cooler where cloud persists and generally turning cooler from the north by the end of Friday as well.

Matt Hugo, Meteorologist

Monday 1 September 11.30am

A quiet, settled week

  • High pressure is expected to dominate the coming week
  • Many areas becoming mainly dry with some bright or sunny spells
  • Little or no risk of any severe weather this week given the settled conditions
  • Temperatures near or slightly above average
  • Risk of patchy light rain or drizzle in places at times
  • Risk of some localised overnight mist and fog patches

Monday

Rest of Monday: a region of mostly cloudy and damp conditions will continue to very slowly move south-eastwards through the rest of the day. As a result, many southern and south-eastern areas of England will have a rather damp and grey afternoon. However, further north and west conditions will be drier and brighter. Some sunny spells developing across Scotland, Ireland, northern England and Wales through the afternoon and feeling pleasant in any sunshine that does develop.

Tuesday to Friday

The remainder of the week will be dominated by high pressure. As a result this will produce a rather quiet, benign period of weather across many areas of the UK. Each day will provide the potential for bright or sunny spells in places. But areas of cloud will often develop at times. These may be thick enough, especially early and late in the day, to produce some patchy light rain or drizzle. However, for many areas the remainder of the week is set to be fair and it will feel warm in any sunshine in particular.

There is a developing risk that the far north and north-west of Scotland and perhaps south-west England may see an increasing risk of some showers developing by Friday, albeit uncertain. Overall the main emphasis is on a fine and settled week for most to start September.

Temperatures

Temperatures this week will be near or slightly above average in what will be quite a warm week, especially in comparison to the recent cool weather. Temperatures across England and Wales will range between 18C and 22C generally, though temperatures may rise up to 23C to 25C across urban areas of England where sunshine is most prevalent around and just after mid-week. Temperatures will be somewhat cooler further north and west but still ranging between 15C and 20C across Scotland and Ireland, perhaps locally a few degrees higher.

Matt Hugo, Meteorologist

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About the Special Operations Response Team (SORT)

Each vehicle is double-crewed and trained in flood response and search and rescue (certified to DEFRA Level 3) trained by the same people who train the RNLI and many fire service teams. Crews also undergo 4x4 driver training RoSPA certified, and regularly undertake joint multi-agency training exercises.

Meet some of the team

Darron Burness

Head of AA Special Operations Response Team

Darron Burness

While at school, I completed two weeks' work experience at AA Workshop in Birmingham, before joining the AA in 1991 as an workshop apprentice. I worked my way up to a Technical Specialist Patrol for Birmingham and Worcester.

August 2008 was a pivotal moment, when I attended the first 4x4 AA SORT course as a Patrol member of the SORT Team.

As well as being Area Manager for Coventry and Northampton, then Wolverhampton and Black Country managing 60 AA Patrols, I started to assist with managing the SORT team during deployments. Since December 2010 I have been managing the AA's response during severe weather and the AA's presence at shows and festivals throughout the year.


Matt Hugo

Meteorologist

Matt Hugo

I have a passion and interest in the weather from a very young age is what has driven me for many years to become a weather forecaster. Through years of education including a science degree and a year spent studying in Canada I finally made the break through in my late 20s and became a forecaster.

Now, with over seven years worth of operational forecasting experience from winter hazard forecasting, and convective forecasting in summer to forecasting for the oil and gas industry, I have a solid understanding of the weather and forecasting. I'm now a Fellow of The Royal Meteorological Society (FRMetS) and live in Lancashire with my wife and little boy.


 

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