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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, who has more than five 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.
Turning increasingly unsettled
High pressure is expected to dominate the weather across many areas of the UK during today (Good Friday) and into Saturday. As a result this will bring fine and settled conditions to many areas of the UK after a chilly start with plenty of sunshine, particularly for England and Wales. It will feel pleasantly warm in the sunshine this afternoon given light winds. Overnight tonight into Saturday it will turn chilly beneath clear skies and light winds and some local mist and fog patches are possible along with rural frost. This then leads into another mainly dry day for many on Saturday with bright or sunny spells, but with generally more cloud overall than compared with Friday.
A marked change to more unsettled conditions is expected during Easter Sunday and into Monday, particularly so across England and Wales. Lower pressure is set to bring showers or longer spells of rain into England and Wales from the south-east during Easter Sunday, some of which could be heavy with some locally large rainfall totals. It will also be quite windy too with a fresh or strong east or north-easterly wind and this will create a much cooler, if not rather chilly feel compared with the previous days. For Scotland it is likely to remain mainly dry on Sunday with bright or sunny spells. The generally unsettled weather is then set to continue into Easter Monday for many areas of the UK, but particularly so across England, Wales and Ireland when further showers or spells of rain is possible.
The development of increasingly unsettled conditions during Sunday and into Monday will bring some heavy rain to parts of England and Wales, but especially so across more southern counties. Up to 20mm to 30mm is possible and perhaps with locally higher totals in places. Some poor driving and travelling conditions are possible at times. Temperatures this weekend generally ranging between 10C and 15C, feeling particularly pleasant in the sunshine on Friday and Saturday, but equally feeling much cooler beneath the wind and rain by Sunday and Monday.
Matt Hugo, Meteorologist
Cooler and cloudier
Another fine and dry day for many areas of England and Wales today with plenty of prolonged spells of sunshine expected. With light winds combining with the sunshine it will be another pleasantly warm day with temperatures slightly above average. Generally cloudier and cooler for Ireland and Scotland today however with the risk of some rain or showers developing here, particularly so across northern and western areas of Scotland this afternoon.
A cloudier and cooler day is expected on Thursday for many areas than compared with the first half of the week. Showers and perhaps some longer spells of rain are possible across Ireland, Scotland and Northern England at times, but no heavy or widespread rainfall is to be expected. Despite being mainly dry for more central and southern areas of England it will be cloudier here than compared with previous day’s, despite some bright or sunny spells at times. A much cooler ‘feel’ is expected for all areas of the British Isles primarily due to a moderate or locally fresh north-westerly wind.
At the moment fine and settled conditions, for most, will continue into Saturday with some spells of sunshine at times. However, despite uncertainties there is a clear trend towards more unsettled conditions developing during Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, particularly so across England and Wales with a risk of showers or longer spells of rain develop, some of which may be heavy. As a result the best of the weather this Easter holiday is likely to be on Good Friday and into Saturday.
No severe weather is expected in the coming days. Temperatures are expected to reach 14C to 18C generally today (Wednesday) but markedly cooler by Thursday and Friday with highs generally 10C to 15C. Still quite chilly by night beneath any clear skies when rural ground frost is possible and lows fall to between 1C or 3C, but generally a few degrees higher than this in more urban areas.
Matt Hugo, Meteorologist
Often fine and settled
The opening few days of the week will be dominated by high pressure and this will bring fine and settled conditions across the whole British Isles. As a result both days will experience bright or sunny spells at times, these prolonged across England and Wales. By night clear skies will lead to rather chilly conditions, especially rurally with a touch of frost possible along with localised mist and fog patches, but these soon clear after dawn. With light winds and plenty of sunshine it will feel pleasantly warm, especially across more urban areas of England and Wales.
Around mid-week there is expected to be a greater risk of some patchy rain or showers developing across Scotland and Ireland in particular and also perhaps into N England too. As a result a cloudier and cooler couple of days is likely across these areas, but still with some bright or sunny spells and no extensive, persistent or heavy rainfall is to be expected. For many central and southern areas of England and Wales the fine, dry and settled weather will continue.
At the moment high pressure is set to return to many areas to end the week and this will bring a renewed spell of fine and settled conditions across many areas. Variable amounts of cloud are expected, so it won’t be bright or sunny all the time, but it will be dry across many areas. Potentially rather chilly again by night to end the week as winds become light once again with perhaps some patchy mist and fog too.
No severe weather is expected this week. Temperatures are forecast to be around average with highs ranging between 10C and 15C generally. Urban areas of the south and south-east of England may see temperatures up to 17C to 19C on Tuesday and Wednesday, but this will be a more local exception. By night lows ranging between 2C and 5C are possible, but once again more urban areas are likely to be somewhat milder. Feeling cool across the north mid-week given cloudier and windier conditions, but equally many areas will feel pleasantly warm at times this week in light winds and the sunshine by day.
Matt Hugo, Meteorologist
A mixed weekend
For England and Wales and particularly central and southern areas of England then a dry day is expected with some bright or sunny spells, despite cloud increasing during the afternoon. For Northern England after a dry start to the day it is expected to become cloudier for at time during the afternoon with some patchy rain or drizzle, especially to the west of the Pennines, but this then clearing towards the late afternoon with some evening sunshine. For Scotland and Ireland early rain clearing south, then a mixture of sunshine and showers and feeling cool here given a moderate or fresh west or north-westerly wind.
Across Scotland, Ireland and later Northern England Sunday is expected to become increasingly unsettled. Showers or longer spells of rain across Scotland to start the day are expected to move south-eastwards into Ireland and Northern England, but the rain generally becoming more fragmented and lighter than is expected across Scotland. For central and southern England and Wales Sunday is set fair with bright or sunny spells despite some variable amounts of cloud at times.
Risk of some heavy rain across Scotland, but nothing of any concern and quite windy here as well. Otherwise no severe weather is expected this weekend. Temperatures generally near to average and feeling pleasant in any sunshine across England and Wales but conversely it is likely to feel quite cool or cold further north and west in the more unsettled conditions and stronger winds. Highs are expected to range between 8C and 12C, though locally 13C or 14C in the south. Rural frost is possible, but this is generally a low risk.
Matt Hugo, Meteorologist
The week is forecast to end predominantly settled across most of England and Wales as high pressure initially to the south re-develops and builds into England and Wales by Friday. A weather front is expected to bring thicker cloud to more northern areas of the UK including Scotland and Ireland through Thursday with some rain and showers slowly moving south-eastwards. These cloudier conditions are likely to move into more northern areas of England during Thursday afternoon and evening but with the precipitation by this time generally becoming particularly weak and fragmented. Ahead of this for central and southern areas of England and Wales it is a fine and settled day.
Friday, for many, is dry after a chilly start with plenty of prolonged spells of sunshine. Few showers possible in the far north and perhaps the far south-east, but a fine end to the week and this is then followed by a chilly night on Friday night. The coming weekend remains mainly settled for most of England and Wales, but as with the end of this week Scotland and Ireland may be more unsettled at times, especially on Saturday and with some rain or showers moving south-eastwards into Northern England but weakening as it does so.
No severe weather is currently expected during the remainder of this week. Temperatures are forecast to range between 10C and 14C generally which is near to average though a few degrees cooler at times across Northern England, Scotland and Ireland given that more unsettled conditions are likely here with less in the way of sunshine than further south. Chilly nights possible, with rural frost and rurally temperatures may fall to 1C or 2C on Thursday night across the north and then more widely on Friday night.
Matt Hugo, Meteorologist
Wet start then often dry and bright
A particularly unsettled start to the week is expected for England and Wales and most probably into S Scotland as well. A developing area of low pressure crossing parts of the UK will bring a persistent risk of rain and showers to England and Wales throughout the day with many areas seeing up to 10mm to 15mm of rainfall. However, there is scope for up to and over 20mm of rainfall in places along with the risk of some heavy and perhaps thundery downpours across more eastern areas of England this afternoon. For most of Scotland and Ireland it is a simple mixture of sunshine and showers, but these perhaps heavy and thundery.
An improving picture as we move towards mid-week with more settled conditions developing for England and Wales and with the exception of a few scattered showers both Tuesday and Wednesday will be dry with some bright or sunny spells after rather chilly starts. Further north and west, across Scotland and Ireland, there is likely to be a greater risk of some rain or showers at times, particularly for central and northern Scotland where it is also likely to be quite windy.
We end the week at the moment with a risk of further showers for parts of England and Wales, but otherwise a lot of fine and dry weather is to be expected. For Scotland and Ireland a greater risk of rain or showers exists and particularly so by Friday when some wet and windy weather is likely to move in off the Atlantic at the moment. Some chilly nights are possible later in the week at times with a risk of rural frost in places, especially for the Midlands northwards.
Heavy rainfall and showers on Monday bringing a risk of some poor driving and travelling conditions with a lot of surface water and spray. Some torrential downpours possible across eastern areas of England (Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, E Midlands) this afternoon and evening with a risk of thunder and some thundery showers are possible across Scotland and Ireland today as well. Otherwise no significant or severe weather is expected after Monday. Temperatures this week are expected to be cooler than of late with highs ranging between 10C and 15C generally, the highest temperatures most likely on Monday. By night it will also be cooler as well with lows ranging between 2C and 5C overall, though a few degrees higher in towns and cities. Some patchy frost is possible at times beneath any clear skies through the week.
Matt Hugo, Meteorologist
An unsettled but mild weekend ahead
The coming weekend will be dominated by low pressure and this will bring unsettled conditions to many areas of the UK. Despite a possible dry start for some northern and eastern areas first thing on Saturday cloudy conditions with outbreaks of rain and drizzle across many western and south-western areas of the UK will spread northwards through the day with all areas of the UK at risk of some precipitation, but this heaviest across Scotland. Extensive low cloud and hill fog is expected to develop, so this is something to be aware of if traveling across higher level routes in particular.
Further spells of rain and showers will move north and eastwards across many areas overnight on Saturday and throughout Sunday. Some heavy rainfall is possible across western hills of Scotland, Northern England and Wales in particular with perhaps over 30mm possible in places. A clearance to somewhat brighter and more showery conditions is expected to develop across Ireland during Sunday afternoon, but for many areas a wet and breezy day is to be expected on Sunday and with limited brightness as well.
The areas at greatest risk of over 30mm of rainfall this weekend have been highlighted on the associated graphic and there is a low risk of perhaps some localised flooding in these areas, especially more prone areas;
Rainfall totals up to and over 30mm possible over the weekend across the highlighted areas is the main potential severe weather with perhaps a low risk of some localised flooding. Low cloud and hill fog may bring poor visibility at higher altitudes; otherwise no severe weather is expected. Temperatures remaining mild or very mild with highs ranging between 12C and 16C generally, though perhaps a degree or two higher in urban areas of the south-east, but equally perhaps a degree or two lower across more northern and western areas and across those areas that are likely to see the heaviest rainfall.
Matt Hugo, Meteorologist
An unsettled day is expected for many western and south-western areas of the UK with a risk of rain or showers at times. Some of the showers may be heavy and perhaps with local thunder, but some drier intervals are possible in-between. Further north and east, especially across northern and eastern Scotland and eastern England then it is expected to be mainly dry with some bright or sunny spells, but low cloud and sea fog will continue to be a threat across coastal areas of eastern England and south-east Scotland.
Low pressure becomes dominant to end the week and this will bring a more widespread risk of rain or showers to many areas. Showers or longer spells of rain are expected to develop across southern areas of the UK early on Thursday and gradually move north-wards through the day. Some heavy and perhaps thundery downpours are possible at times across parts of Central areas of England and Wales through Thursday afternoon, before more persistent rain spreads northwards. Into Friday and residual rain across northern and eastern areas of the UK clears and then many areas see a mixture of sunshine and showers and feeling cooler than most of the week. Areas at risk of the heaviest rain on Thursday in particularly have been highlighted on the associated graphic;
Risk of up to 20mm to 30mm of rain across parts of Central areas of England, Wales, parts of SW England and also E Ireland on Thursday, but details are uncertain. Where any localised downpours/thunderstorms develop during Thursday afternoon then locally totals may exceed the above values with some localised flooding possible. Temperatures varying significantly to end the week given some warmer, brighter intervals in places, but cooler beneath any wet weather. However, maximum temperatures generally ranging between 13ºC and 16ºC, though few degrees higher at times in places and equally few degrees cooler beneath any persistent rain.
Matt Hugo, Meteorologist
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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.
Head of AA Special Operations Response Team
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.
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 five 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.