The Met Office often issues weather warnings to warn the public of approaching severe weather.
The different degrees of warning are categorized by color and come with their own advice to keep people safe during high winds, rain, snow, ice and extreme heat.
The level is determined by how big the weather can be and how likely it is to have these effects.
You need to know about weather warnings in the UK and what they mean.
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What do weather warnings mean in the UK?
There are three levels of weather warning: yellow, amber and red, with yellow being the lightest and red the most severe.
A yellow warning may be issued for a range of weather conditions that are expected to have some low-level effects, such as some travel disruption.
Most activities that go with daily routines can go on without interruption, but there will be some that will directly affect you.
The Met Office recommends looking for weather-specific warnings before traveling and other activities to assess whether you may be affected.
Other yellow warnings are issued when the weather can cause very severe disruptions, but these effects are rarely believed.
Amber warnings are issued when there is an increased likelihood of severe weather effects, which could potentially disrupt public planning.
This means travel delays, road and rail disruptions, power outages, and potential risk to life and property.
The Met Office advises you to change your plans and take steps to protect yourself and your property before severe weather to minimize the impact.
Red warnings mean dangerous weather is expected, with potential for survival, significant travel disruption, energy supply, and potential damage to property and infrastructure.
The Met Office recommends taking immediate action to protect yourself and others from the effects of severe weather, such as avoiding travel and securing the outskirts of your property.
If in doubt, check the detailed advice of the current weather warning and follow the advice of the emergency services and local authorities.
Keep in mind that the advice for your local area may differ from other nearby places and you should follow the guidelines for that area or nearby area.
Should I drive in a red weather warning?
You can legally drive in a red weather warning and your insurance is not likely to be invalidated due to the ongoing weather warning.
However, the Met Office said that during the red weather warning, lives are in danger and people are advised to avoid traveling wherever possible for their own safety.
How do I access Met Office’s weather alerts?
Met Office weather alerts are available through its website, social media, or the Met Office app, and will likely be reported on radio and TV.
You can also sign up for email alerts or a Met Office RSS feed.