UK weather: Beautiful snowdrops in bloom as Britain prepares for another blast of arctic winds

Beautiful snowdrops in bloom, but hang on to your scarves as shivering Britain prepares for another blast of arctic winds England should stay above freezing in next few days but it'll feel sub-zeroMonday: Largely sunny and dry, particularly in the south of England. Tuesday: Very windy down west coast, with gusts of 60mphWednesday: Cold northerly with frequent wintry showers on the east coastEnvironment Agency: Nine flood warnings and 63 lower-level flood alerts By Ben Spencer PUBLISHED: 16:51 GMT, 3 February 2013 | UPDATED: 23:50 GMT, 3 February 2013 We may be out of January but keep your scarves and overcoats handy – winter shows no sign of loosening its grip.

3,000-year-old bridge known as the Devil"s sunbathing spot is washed away as 2012 comes to a very wet close

Wiped out by a raging river: 3,000-year-old bridge known as the Devil's sunbathing spot is washed away as 2012 comes to a very wet close Bridge swept away by raging river, after trees carried in flood snap cablesAncient construction in Exmoor, Somerset, could date back to 1000 B.C. It has 17 giant slabs – largest being 8ft long and 5ft wide – spanning 180ft | UPDATED: 15:12 GMT, 1 January 2013 A stone bridge reputed to be 3,000 years old was swept away as flooding continued to bring chaos to parts of Britain yesterday

New Year"s Eve forecast: Dry end to the year comes too late for 3,000-year-old bridge as it is washed away by raging river

Wiped out by a raging river: 3,000-year-old bridge known as the Devil's sunbathing spot is washed away as 2012 comes to a very wet close Bridge swept away by raging river, after trees carried in flood snap cablesAncient construction in Exmoor, Somerset, could date back to 1000 B.C.

UK weather: More floods expected as forecasters warn of six weeks worth of rain to fall before New Year

Landslide alert for walkers as deluge mayhem mounts and six weeks of rain is expected to fall before the New Year Flooding expected across Britain, with 394 warnings and alerts out Boxing Day walkers warned of landslides on coastlines and rail tracks The South West, Midlands and Anglia at biggest risk from floods Seven inches to fall by Saturday on already saturated ground | UPDATED: 00:20 GMT, 27 December 2012 Walkers and holidaymakers were warned of a risk of landslides yesterday as the wet weather was forecast to continue into the new year. With many areas already saturated, the prospect of more heavy showers means there may be further flooding in the next week

UK Weather: Homeowners warned of more floods on Christmas Day as forecasters warn of heavy rains

Merry Christmas from our Great British weather: Ruined homes, flooded fields, a nightmare getaway and more rain STILL to come Bodmin saw 155 mm in five days – it has a usual monthly average of 300mmFirst Great Western: 'If you are planning to travelling to or from Devon and Cornwall it is advised to postpone your journey if at all possible' 165 UK flood warnings in place – majority in Midlands and the South WestThree people were killed in a crash near Midlothian, which had heavy rain Scotland and West Country are likely to suffer the most Christmas Eve rain Up to 30mm of rain is expected to fall between midnight and noonMet Office: Britain is now set for one of its wettest years since 1910 | UPDATED: 01:08 GMT, 25 December 2012 Homeowners are on alert for further flooding on Christmas Day as forecasters warn of heavy rains as the bad weather continues to threaten homes, businesses, roads and railways. With 165 flood warnings in place, tomorrow is expected to be a rather showery day across the UK, with the continued risk of thundery downpours for southern and western parts. The great Christmas getaway has been stalled by floods which are hampering the rail network with lines in the south-west among services hardest hit

A heatwave in March, a twister in Bicester and the wettest summer on record: Britains topsy turvy weather which kept Britain talking

A heatwave in March, a twister in Bicester and the wettest summer on record: Britain’s topsy turvy weather which kept Britain talking | UPDATED: 00:09 GMT, 25 December 2012 From sunbathers on the beach during the third warmest March in history, to mass flooding around the country during the wettest April in 100 years, this year's weather has certainly been one of extremes. In many cases, it has been impossible to predict whether it was going to snow, pour down with rain or be gloriously sunny as the traditional seasons appear to have become a thing of the past. Here we look back on the weather events that hit the headlines in 2012…

Just a Mini problem! Car swept under bridge as owner tries to ford flooded river and rain brings chaos to Christmas travellers

Just a Mini problem! Car swept under bridge as owner tries to ford flooded river and rain brings chaos to Christmas travellers Families in Ystalyfera spend night in leisure centre after evacuationTonnes of earth crushed terraced houses in Pontypridd when wall collapsedWoman in Devon rescued by RNLI and fire crews after she was swept from her car Environment Agency issue 186 flood warnings and one severe flood warningRail routes under pressure as Christmas commuters try to get homeFirst Great Western advises passengers not to use trains in the South West Almost half of the expected monthly rainfall fell in one day in parts of UK Eleven families fled their homes in Wales over night after two landslides | UPDATED: 19:27 GMT, 23 December 2012 A 70 year old former Royal Marine has saved a woman from her sinking car after it was swept away by flood water and trapped under a bridge.

Winter storm "Draco" continues to wreak havoc with heavy snow and winds

Winter storm 'Draco' wreaks havoc across U.S. with 5,200 flights delayed and heavy snow stranding millions trying to get home for Christmas 131 flights cancelled today and 5,843 delayed across the U.S.National Weather Service issues winter storm warnings for Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York and Ohio as well as parts of Northern California and Oregon Delays of an hour or more were reported at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey and La Guardia Airport in New YorkAt least four people dead in treacherous driving conditionsThree people killed in 25-vehicle pileup in Iowa after drivers were blinded by snow | UPDATED: 21:47 GMT, 22 December 2012 Powerful winds and snow whipped parts of the eastern United States on Saturday, carrying the promise of a white Christmas while threatening to cause havoc for the many Americans traveling for the holidays. The storm moving in from the Midwest was sending strong winds into the mid-Atlantic states and southern New England and buried parts of Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin in more than a foot of snow earlier this week.

Packets of ten and menthol cigarettes could be banned by EU as they bid to stop youngsters taking up the habit

Packets of ten and menthol cigarettes could be banned by EU as they bid to stop youngsters taking up the habitProposals will have to be agreed by all Europe's health ministers Plans will also ban 'slim' cigarettes and require packs are 75 per cent covered with warnings // E-cigarettes will also have to carry warnings | UPDATED: 22:18 GMT, 19 December 2012 Packs of ten cigarettes could be banned under a European proposal to crack down on smoking. The EU’s Health and Consumer Commissioner also unveiled plans to ban menthol cigarettes and to force companies to cover three quarters of their packets with a picture warning

Ready meals better for you than TV chefs recipe: Dishes created by star cooks Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson contain more calories than TV dinners

Ready meals ‘better for you than TV chef’s recipe’: Dishes created by star cooks contain more calories than TV dinners Health warnings should be on cooking programmes, say researchersStudy compared nutritional content of chefs' recipes and ready mealsNo meal met all of WHO’s recommendations for a balanced healthy meal | UPDATED: 23:54 GMT, 17 December 2012 If you feel guilty about eating a ready meal while watching TV chefs making something from scratch, don’t worry – your food’s probably healthier than theirs. Researchers say programmes from the likes of Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson should carry health warnings or even be shown after the watershed, because the recipes contain hundreds more calories than TV dinners.