Storm Christoph set to bring heavy rain and disruption to Harrogate district this week

A storm set to bring heavy rain and multiple weather hazards to the UK this week has been named as Storm Christoph.

Monday, 18th January 2021, 3:35 pm
Updated Monday, 18th January 2021, 3:37 pm

A 'Yellow' weather warning for rain is in place for the majority of the Harrogate district across Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with other parts of Yorkshire being issued with a more severe 'Amber' warning, which highlights a 'danger to life'.

This has been issued for the North Leeds, Wetherby and Tadcaster area, as well as parts of Nidderdale, which could affect the district bringing in the worst of the conditions.

The Met Office says persistent heavy rain will lead to significant accumulations of rain which could lead to flooding in some areas.

A Yellow weather warning for rain is in place for much of the Harrogate district this week as Storm Christoph sweeps the nation.

Heavy rain is expected to start at 6am on Tuesday and continue on and off right through to midday on Thursday, with the more serious conditions expected between Tuesday morning and Wednesday night.

Chief Meteorologist Dan Suri, said “Following a cold spell where the main hazard was snow, our focus now turns to notably heavy rain moving across the UK this week. Some locations could see over 100mm of rain falling through the course just a couple of days with up to 200mm possible over higher ground. These amounts of rainfall along with snow melt present a real threat of flooding and people should keep a close eye on flood warnings from the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales.

“As the system moves away into the North Sea Wednesday night and Thursday morning there will be strong winds along the east coast for a time. Meanwhile, colder air coming southwards into the weather system brings the risk of further snow on the back edge of this system. Temperatures will gradually fall across the UK through the end of the week and into the weekend bringing a return to widespread overnight frosts.”

What does a Yellow weather warning mean?

Spells of prolonged and heavy rain may lead to flooding and disruption to travel in places.

Homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings

Fast flowing or deep floodwater is possible, causing a danger to life

Delays or cancellations to train and bus services are possible

Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures

Some communities may be cut off by flooded roads

Possible power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses.

What is the forecast for Harrogate?

Tuesday, January 19:

6am: RAIN

7am: HEAVY RAIN

8am: HEAVY RAIN

9am: HEAVY RAIN

10am: HEAVY RAIN

11am: HEAVY RAIN

12pm: HEAVY RAIN

1pm: HEAVY RAIN

2pm: HEAVY RAIN

3pm: HEAVY RAIN

4pm: HEAVY RAIN

5pm: HEAVY RAIN

6pm: HEAVY RAIN

7pm: HEAVY RAIN

8pm: RAIN

9pm: RAIN

10pm: HEAVY RAIN

11pm: HEAVY RAIN

Wednesday, January 20:

12am: HEAVY RAIN

3am: RAIN

6am: RAIN

9am: HEAVY RAIN

MIDDAY: HEAVY RAIN

3pm: HEAVY RAIN

6pm: HEAVY RAIN

9pm: HEAVY RAIN

Thursday, January 21:

12am: RAIN

3am: RAIN

6am: RAIN

9am: CLOUDY

12pm: SUNNY SPELLS