Wet & Windy or Cold & Snowy? Find out the weather for the next 5 days

UK forecast for the next 5 days
Sunny, dry and rather cold.

Today:
After a frosty start, today will be fine and dry for most of us, with plenty of long sunny spells. It will be windy in the southwest, and there will be more cloud in parts of eastern England.

Tonight:
A cold cloudless night for many, will allow frost to develop widely, with some fog patches too. Thick cloud in south-west England and south Wales will curtail frost there.

Monday:
After a frosty start, Scotland and northern England will have another dry, cold and bright day. However, it will be milder, but rather cloudy and grey further south and west.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:
The next few days will see milder weather, with rain and strong winds at times, particularly in the north and west. South-east England is likely to stay dry until Thursday.

UK Temperatures well below freezing with some places at -5c or lower already!

Once again parts of the UK are in for an extremely cold night with the lowest temperature from last night of -7.5 recorded at South Newington under threat.

It is possible we could see the lowest temperature this year.

As of 9pm many areas are below freezing with a few recorded temperatures at -5c

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Click here to Check the current temperatures

UK Met Office releases its Winter forecast highlighting the risk of a COLD start to winter!

The Met Office has released its long-range outlook for December 2016 to February 2017, highlighting the risk of a cold start to the winter for the UK.

Latest observations from around the globe and long-range weather prediction systems suggest that the early part of the winter period is more likely than usual to be cold. This implies a heightened risk of wintry weather during December and into January.

Overall, it should be stressed that more normal winter weather, with temperatures ranging from slightly below average to mild, is still marginally more likely. Nevertheless, the risk of cold conditions at the start of winter is now greater than it has been in recent winters.

The graphic below illustrates the current outlook for temperatures in early winter. For a normal year the most likely outcome is in the near average category.  This winter, however, the probability is shifted towards below average temperatures, with the most likely outcome – the widest part of the curve – remaining above the ‘cold’ category.

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Doctor Jeff Knight, who leads the production of the Met Office long-range outlook says: “This time last year our outlook gave advance warning of the risk of the very mild, stormy and wet start to winter that was linked to the flooding in Cumbria, but this year indications are very different. Weather patterns with more frequent northerly or easterly winds are favoured, which increases the risk of cold weather.”

Our winter weather patterns respond to influences from across the globe: Currently, the winds circulating around the North Pole in the stratosphere – between 10 and 50 km in altitude – are much weaker than normal and this is expected to weaken the westerly winds across the Atlantic.

Furthermore, tropical East Pacific Ocean temperatures are slightly below average, just above the threshold for La Nina.  Although these cool conditions also tend to impede the UK’s usual westerly winds in early winter. Warmth in the North Atlantic Ocean near Newfoundland and record low Arctic sea ice are also contributing to the same tendency, favouring a colder-than-average early winter.

Professor Adam Scaife, head of long-range prediction at the Met Office, explains: “The stratosphere, tropics and Arctic sea ice are all trying to push our weather towards becoming colder over the next few weeks.  Although it is not guaranteed, our long range predictions and those from other forecast centres suggest an increased risk of cold weather patterns early this winter.”

Later in the winter, there appears to be a shift towards less risk of cold conditions. More detail about this period will be available in updates to the Met Office long-range outlook which will be released as winter progresses and our 30-day and week-ahead forecasts will provide advance warning of specific weather events throughout the winter.

BIG FREEZE STARTS TONIGHT as Brits are braced for -10C cold snap which will see temperatures plummet!

BOOKIES are tipping this week to bring the coldest night of the year so far, as Brits are warned by weather experts that temperatures could dip to as low as -10C.

The week across the United Kingdom is set to be sunny during the days, apart from in Northern Ireland and north west Scotland where clouds will linger.

However that won’t stop temperatures from lowering to 7C in northern England, 10C in the South, 6C in Wales, 5C in Scotland and 8C in Northern Ireland throughout today.

But the evenings are when conditions are set to become harsh – starting tonight.

Most of England is set to see temperatures fall to -4C tonight, and -6C in the South.

Northern Ireland and Scotland will fare slightly better with lows of 2C  or 3C.

Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said: “Tonight will be cold with almost a repeat performance for temperatures on Tuesday.

“There’s an area of high pressure that has developed across most of the UK over the weekend and that is due to stick around for the rest of the week.

“That will move southwards, so it will not be as cold in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
“Most places will stay dry until the weekend when there will be a slight risk of rain.”

Ladbrokes have now slashed the odds on the UK seeing temperatures fall below -10C before next Sunday, offering 2/1.

If this happens, it would make temperatures the coldest of 2016.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “Winter’s coming, and the odds are falling as quick as the temperature’s dropping, leaving punters already dreaming of a White Christmas.”

The UK set for Heavy Snow and Freezing temperatures as we start December!

So it looks like winter is going to start with proper winter weather for many of us!

A number of the weather forecasting models have been hinting at an arctic outbreak for a number of days and as we close in on the start of winter confidence amongst forecasters is growing.

Were not going to start with how much snow and for who as pinning down that detail is to far off to be worth mentioning.

However the pattern most likely for this period will see winds from the North or North-West initially bringing snow for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Northwest England.

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The risk doesn’t end there though, Once cold air is established the possibility of more general snowfall as low pressure crosses the UK is increased and could see areas such as the Midlands and the south east at risk.

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Its certainly shaping up to be an interesting period of weather. We will have a further update closer to the time along with any early warnings of snowfall including where and how much should it be required.

Storm Angus to smash into the UK with Winds of 80MPH+

Storm Angus is currently knocking on the door for southern most Britain bringing with it the threat of strong winds, Heavy rain and possibly even some snow!

The first of the named storms to come crashing into the UK after what has been a relatively calm autumn will no doubt be a shock to the system for those caught in the worst of the conditions.
The strongest of the winds which has the potential to cause minor damage with roof tiles, Fences and power lines at risk will be for those in the far south and south east of the country.
Elsewhere it will feel breezy and wet with a large amount of rain associated with the system, Whilst for the highest parts of Wales and then later on the Peak district Snow is a possibility for a short time.

See below the UK MetOffice’s take on storm Angus.

“Storm Angus is expected to bring some very strong winds to coastal counties of southeast England for a time on Sunday morning, when gusts of 70-80 mph are possible. Be prepared for disruption to travel services, interruptions to power supplies and some damage to buildings.”

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Whilst the Chief Forecasters view was as follows…

"Angus" will move northeast across southern and southeast England during Sunday morning. Southerly then southwesterly gales are likely with storm force winds developing over the English Channel and affecting some coastal districts. Very squally showers are also expected such that isolated gusts of 70-75 mph are also possible further inland in the Amber warning area.

Damaging Tornadoes hit Wales and the Midlands!

A number of tornadoes have struck parts of Wales and the Midlands, BBC Weather says.

Brought in by a squally cold front, they are expected to clear to the east through the course of Thursday afternoon.

Any further tornados are likely to be confined to northern parts of the Midlands over the next couple of hours.

However, further squally winds are anticipated, BBC Weather added.

Storms and high winds have already caused damage to buildings and cars in mid and west Wales.

There were reports of a small tornado near Aberystwyth and the town’s RNLI station recorded a gust of 94mph.

Dyfed Powys Police said several roads are closed in the Machynlleth and Aberystwyth areas due to fallen trees.

Thomas Scarrott, director of the Clarach Bay Holiday Village, near Aberystwyth, said around 15 to 20 caravans had been upended and overturned.

He said: “As I was walking out of the door the wind started to increase and it went from zero to take cover in seconds. My initial thought was it must have been a tornado.”

Scottish Power has confirmed it is experiencing disruption to its power network in mid Wales.

Heavy Snow moving into parts of the UK!

A quick update on our post yesterday and another look at the areas at most risk.

We said yesterday about the risk posed by a large area of moisture sweeping off the Atlantic and hitting the cold air currently in situe over large parts of the UK.

This in turn is going to see the first meaningful snowfall that has the potential to cause disruption in some areas through this evening and into tomorrow.

As of the time of writing 1pm GMT the precipitation falling as snow is moving into Western parts of Scotland gradually pushing Eastwards. By around 6pm this Evening parts of Northwest England will also see the first snowflakes begin to fall. By Midnight tonight the areas shown in pink in the image below are at most risk of seeing any accumulating snow although for low ground this may only be temporary during the heaviest spells.

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The UK Met Office has released an updated warning that reads as follows…

"Rain will turn to snow in places later on Tuesday and into Wednesday morning. This could bring accumulations of 4 to 8 cm across some hilly areas of northern England and Scotland, largely above 200-300 m, with as much as 15 cm possible above 300-400 m. 

Overnight Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, as snow peters out over Scotland, Pennine areas are expected to receive a covering of snow, largely on vegetated surfaces above 200-300 m. However, there is also the potential for 5-10 cm of snow to settle to low levels over parts of Yorkshire and down into the northeast Midlands, though with a good deal of uncertainty about this. 

Please be aware of the potential for difficult driving conditions in some areas."

The UK set for the first HEAVY snowfall tomorrow night!

Ok so the usual heard it all before etc etc will no doubt take over the comments section, But for those in the areas at risk lets take a look when and potentially how much.

As we head in to tomorrow evening an area of low pressure is set to move across the UK bumping in to all that cold air that has had us all shivering for the past few days.

As it does so we will see rain readily turn to snow for the places that are shown within the band of pink (Snow).

And without wanting to blow our own trumpet the areas shown seem very similar to those that we mentioned were at risk two weeks ago (Ok apart from Northern Ireland).

The UK & US set to face early blast of Wintry weather with HEAVY snowfalls! Posted: October 25th 2016.

So will we see settling snow?

For many within the area highlighted we will only see a temporary covering at best due to very marginal ground temperatures. However the further north you go or higher altitude you have then the potential is there for between 5-10cms with the very highest ground in both England & Scotland seeing in excess of 20cms!

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This could be the first of many snowfalls this winter as experts such as the guys at the UK Met Office are predicting there is an increased chance for a colder than average winter.

We wait to see…

August HEATWAVE to arrive towards the end of the week with temperatures exceeding 30c!

A hot plume of tropical air from the Continent will sweep in parts of the UK towards the end of next week bringing the warmest spell of weather since July’s scorching heatwave.

As far as current output shows this hot spell FINALLY marks the start of a genuine barbecue summer, with August potentially delivering the best spell we will see.

Thermometers will start to rise this weekend with highs of 25C (77F) forecast in the south while the north nudges 21C (70F).

Parts of the southeast are likely to have breached the 30C (86F) mark by the end of Sunday next weekend with the rest of the country basking in the mid 20Cs.

It will turn dry and very hot and sunny before an extreme heatwave returns with searing heat

The start of next week will see a brief cooler blip but the mercury will rocket again by next weekend.

If the Global Forecast System predictions are correct then the potential is there for at least 10 HOT days in the south of the country with temperatures exceeding 25-27c daily.

However at such range reliability is low and this is echoed by the ECM Weather forecasting model that shows only 3-4 days of hot conditions.

All we know is its good to see this weather being shown in the charts once again so dont put the sunscreen away just yet!

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