How the ‘pest from the west’ will beat the ‘Beast from the East’

10 12 2012

There was much talk at the end of last week about the ‘Beast from the East’ being set to bring some cold and wintry conditions to the UK this week. However, the balance in the atmosphere has changed and the current cold weather looks set to be replaced by milder, wetter weather by the end of the week.

So what has happened in the atmosphere to bring such a dramatic change in the forecast?

As expected at the end of last week, we do have winds blowing from the northeast, tracking across the North Sea from Scandinavia and bringing scattered showers to eastern parts of the country as shown on the chart below. So, we can expect a couple of days of cold and mainly dry weather with a few showers in eastern counties, sharp frosts and some freezing fog at night.

Actual chart Monday 10 December 2012

The atmosphere is always finely balanced and for the ‘Beast from the East’ to really ‘bear’ its teeth the high pressure area over Greenland would need to develop and draw the wind in from Europe. It now looks like this is not going to happen and instead the depression to the west of the UK is going to win the atmospheric battle and bring heavy rain and strong winds to us all from Thursday.

Met Office forecasters will be monitoring this developing weather situation throughout the week and have already issued warnings to give advanced notice of the potential impacts from the heavy rain in some parts of the country.

The latest forecasts and warnings can be found on the Met Office website, on our mobile apps and through TV and radio broadcasts on the BBC and ITV.





The forecast for the run up to Christmas

21 12 2010

The very cold weather will continue for the rest of the week, but the risk of snow decreases for most of the UK.

Met Office forecasters said: “There will be further outbreaks of snow over parts of Wales and some central regions of England tonight and into Wednesday.”

Met Office forecasters continued:  “On the run up to Christmas and on the big day itself we will have a respite from the snow. However, there will some severe frosts  and freezing fog patches at night. So, while there will still be snow lying on Christmas Day, the day itself is expected to be dry and fine in most parts of the UK”.

Below is a media forecast for use in print publications. All temperatures are in degrees Celsius and represent those likely to be seen in urban areas. Rural areas are likely to be significantly colder at night. For the latest weather forecasts and warnings you should refer to the Met Office website where regional and location based forecasts are available for the next 5 days.

Southern England

Northern England

Scotland

Wednesday

Bright spells, some snow.

Max:  2
Min:  minus 2

Bright spells, snow showers in east.

Max: Zero
Min: minus 7

Bright spells, a few snow showers mainly in east. Feeling very cold Max: minus 2
Min: minus 9

Thursday

Bright. Further snow showers in east. Windy and feeling very cold.
Max:  2
Min:  minus 5

Bright spells, some snow showers. Feeling very cold.

Max: 1
Min: minus  7

Sunny spells, snow showers in east. Feeling very cold.

Max: Zero
Min: minus 7

Christmas Eve

Bright. Very cold. Possible snow showers
Max: Zero
Min:  minus 5

Bright and very cold. Possible snow showers
Max: Zero
Min:  minus 10

Bright and very cold. A few coastal showers.
Max: Zero
Min:  minus 8

Christmas Day

Dry and bright. Sunny spells. Very cold
Max:  minus 2
Min:  minus 8

Bright, risk of sleet or snow showers in east. Very cold
Max: minus 3
Min:  minus 10

Dry, bright and very cold.

Max:  minus 1
Min:  minus 8

Boxing Day

Bright, risk of further sleet or snow in west.
Max: 1
Min:  minus 5

Bright, risk of further sleet or snow in west.
Max:  minus 1
Min:  minus 10

Dry, bright and very cold.

Max:  Zero
Min:  minus 6

Source: Met Office

 








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