Latest snow depths and wind speeds – 24 March

24 03 2013

As forecast, we have seen some very wintry weather over the last few days. Here are some figures showing where the most snow has fallen.

Wittering in Cambridgeshire saw the deepest snow, with 24 cm recorded at 9 am this morning.

Many areas also saw strong winds, with a gust of 61 mph recorded at Shap, Cumbria and 48 mph recorded at Machrihanish, Argyll . These winds have caused even deeper drifts of snow in some areas.

Snow depths at 9 am 24 March

TIME SITE NAME AREA ELEVATION (m) SNOW DEPTH (cm)
09:00 WITTERING CAMBRIDGESHIRE 73 24
09:00 WATTISHAM SUFFOLK 89 20
09:00 NOTTINGHAM, WATNALL NOTTINGHAMSHIRE 117 19
09:00 SHAWBURY SHROPSHIRE 72 14
09:00 ANDREWSFIELD ESSEX 87 12
09:00 CRANWELL LINCOLNSHIRE 63 10
09:00 LEEK, THORNCLIFFE STAFFORDSHIRE 298 7
09:00 ABOYNE ABERDEENSHIRE 140 7
09:00 HIGH WYCOMBE BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 204 7
09:00 SENNYBRIDGE POWYS 307 7
09:00 SHAP CUMBRIA 252 7
09:00 COLESHILL WARWICKSHIRE 96 6
09:00 HAWARDEN AIRPORT CLYWD 11 6




Turning colder this weekend

22 10 2012

There have been many references in the media to the UK having an Indian summer this week, with temperatures expected to reach 20 °C. However, as forecast by the Met Office many of us woke up today to rather grey, misty and drizzly skies and although temperatures are well above average for the time of year, it certainly doesn’t look or feel summery outside for most of us. We have also seen widespread mist and fog overnight across England and Wales, which the Met Office warned for over the weekend, and further foggy conditions are expected for the next couple of nights.

This morning's satellite image

Visible satellite image from 0900 22 October 2012

So are we going to see any sunshine at all this week? Well, yes, the cloud should break in some places, and we may even see temperatures rise to the high teens along the south coast of England at times, but these temperatures will be short lived.

For most of us it will be the end of the week before the sunshine returns and when it does the weather will be far from warm.

By Friday, much colder air from the Arctic will spread across the UK, bringing drier and clearer weather but much lower temperatures. In fact, daytime highs will struggle to reach double figures by the weekend and there may even be a few wintry showers across north-eastern parts of the UK. It will be cold and frosty overnight too and for many of us this will be the first cold snap of the season.

In this video, Deputy Chief Forecaster Baden Hall explains exactly what we can expect over the next few days.

The latest information about the weather and warnings can be found on the Met Office website, iPhone and Android apps and on twitter. Cold weather can also have an impact on people’s health and you can find out more on the Met Office’s Cold weather and health web pages.








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