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What is a Met Office yellow weather warning and when are they issued for rain, fog and wind?

IT’S a well-known fact that a bit of heavy rain or a sprinkling of snow can plunge Britain into utter chaos.

To help prepare people for potentially dangerous or disruptive conditions, the Met Office provides colour-coded weather warnings to try and keep the public informed – here is what the yellow one means.

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What is a yellow weather warning?

The Met Office issues warnings ahead of severe or hazardous weather which has the potential to cause “damage, widespread disruption and/or danger to life.”

The warnings are given a colour to reflect the seriousness, ranging from yellow, amber and red.

Yellow is the least dangerous out of the weather warnings.

It means “be aware”. Severe weather is possible over the next few days and could affect you.

Plan ahead and think about possible travel delays, or the disruption of your day to day activities.

Keep an eye on the latest forecast and be aware that the weather may change or worsen, leading to disruption of your plans in the next few days.

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When does the Met Office issue yellow weather warnings 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 our lives in danger.

To prevent serious accidents or death 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.

When the UK is experiencing typical seasonal weather, the Met Office does not send out weather warnings.

How do you find out when yellow 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 Facebook, Twitter and other social media to spread the word.

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