Extreme Weather Warning from IOW Council & Met Office – 7.12.23

The Met Office have issued a Yellow Warning of Rain, between 11:00 and 22:00  Thu 7 Dec 2023, affecting the Southeast which includes the Island.


A period of heavy rain and winds is expected in the area during Thursday before clearing during the evening. Rain will be heavy at times, especially over hills, with 20-30mm likely in places. Rain will be accompanied by strong south-easterly winds.


Here is a summary of the weather we are expecting over the next few days:



  • Expect light rain or drizzle in the morning followed by a band of locally heavy rain during the afternoon and evening
  • The Yellow Rain Warning (Medium Likelihood of Low impacts) for tomorrow shows the Island as being one of the most impacted areas
  • Impacts could include difficult driving conditions, disruption to transport and isolated flooding of homes and businesses
  • Rain will clear to the east during the evening to leave a dry night with clear spells developing



  • Sunny spells and showers with a brisk, south-westerly wind
  • Locally heavy rain, accompanied by a strong west to south-westerly wind, will move east on Friday night clearing to the east



A mix of sunny spells and showers followed by a dry night



Further cloud and rain


Temperatures will generally rise into the high-single to low-double figures.


As the ground remains damp and saturated, it is expected that this weather will likely cause some flooding impacts.


We are signposting islanders, via the council’s social media pages, to their nearest sandbag stores:

Well Road, East Cowes.
Simeon Street Recreation Ground, Ryde.
Carisbrooke High Street, Car park.


We are sharing links to further information regarding:


Further detailed forecasting from the Met Office:

Local information via the Isle of Wight Council Website:



We are also providing the detailed list below of who to call in the event of a flood:

If you need to be evacuated because of severe flooding or damage, contact the police or dial 999.

If you believe the flooding is from a main river or the sea, The Environment Agency provides help on flooding issues via its Floodline: 0345 988 1188.

To report flooding on the highway or drainage issues in an emergency contact Island Roads on (01983) 822440

Notify Southern Water if flooding affects your mains sewage/public drains by calling 0330 303 0368

Notify the National Grid to report a gas leak as the result of flooding on 0800 111 999.

Notify SSE of electrical issues such as power cuts by calling 105.

For non-emergency calls pertaining to vulnerable older people, call adult services on (01983) 823340 (office hours) or (01983) 821105 (out of hours).

NHS ‘111’ for non-urgent health concerns.