What is an amber UK weather warning and why does the Met Office issue them?

ADVERSE weather conditions can have a big impact on your day – disrupting travel arrangements and posing a serious risk to life and property in certain situations.

That’s why the Met Office issues colour-coded weather warnings to give people advice on how to stay safe during hazardous weather. Here’s the lowdown on the amber warning

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An amber alert is the Met Office’s second-most severe weather warning[/caption]

What is an amber weather warning?

Compared to a yellow weather warning, amber means there is an increased likelihood of bad weather affecting the public.

This potentially means cancelling plans, having to deal with travel delays, road and rail closures, interruption to power and the potential risk to life and property.

When the Met Office issues an amber warning, it means experts believe you should be prepared to change your plans and protect you, your family and community from the impacts of the severe weather.

When does the Met Office issue an amber weather warning for rain, wind, snow, fog and ice?

Rain, wind, snow, fog and ice all threaten to cause disruption to our days – or at the very worst put us in danger.

Before the latter happens, the Met Office will issue a weather warning – normally five days ahead – giving the public time to make alternate travel plans to help minimise disruption.

Weather experts will give an amber alert when there is a medium likelihood that members of the public will have to be prepared to change travel plans in order to keep themselves safe.

How do you find out when amber weather warnings are in place?

There are a number of ways you can be alerted to severe weather warnings in the UK.

Most people rely on radio and TV to find out the latest breaking weather news.

Others go straight to the source and visit the Met Office website, while others sign up to phone apps, RSS and email alerts so they can be notified while they’re on the go through push-notifications.

It’s always helpful to pass on weather warnings to family and friends by sharing them on FacebookTwitter and other social media to spread the word.

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