Welcome to 2012! 2011 was the second warmest year ever and this one seems to have gotten off to a bit of a ropey start with fierce storms battering Kent and Medway and possible winds of up to 85 miles-an-hour along with heavy rain.
The Met Office has issued a severe weather warnings across Kent and the weather caused massive travel disruption during the morning rush hour. The Queen Elizebeth II bridge was closed all morning and created a 90 minute queue at peak commuter time.
Scotland will be hit the hardest though – with snow on the way.