10/02/2017 Weather for the Week Ahead


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At this time of year, we can often get weather stories

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which reflect the battle between winter into spring,

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and that's what we've seen this week

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across the pond, in New York in the US.

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On Wednesday, they had a high of 17 degrees.

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By Thursday afternoon, a daytime high of just -2.

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And it was accompanied by some snow as well.

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This was the scene at Times Square

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during the course of the day on Thursday.

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Now, we've had a similar kind of story this week,

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not quite as extreme.

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Just like the UK, we tend to do things

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in a slightly smaller fashion.

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But out to the west, we had some blue sky, sunshine

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and some spring warmth on Wednesday.

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Cold out to the east.

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And that cold air and cloud

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filtered its way steadily westwards during Thursday,

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so a real change,

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a contrast in the feel of the story generally across the country.

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And that's going to stay with us for the next few days.

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The high pressure across Scandinavia

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still in the driving seat at the moment,

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drifting in this easterly breeze,

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drifting a lot of cloud across the country

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and making it feel pretty disappointing.

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We're likely to continue to see a scattering of showers,

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showers of rain to the coast.

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Just head further inland, with a little bit of height,

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there could be some sleet and snow.

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But on Friday, there will be some sunshine around.

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Scotland, Northern Ireland, perhaps parts of Pembrokeshire and Cornwall.

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But it's going to be a cold day.

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1 or 2 degrees on the east coast.

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4 or 5 at the best further west.

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Now, as we move out of Friday,

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with those clear skies and sunshine across Scotland,

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the temperatures will fall away quite sharply through the night.

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Lows not out of the question of -10.

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And at the same time, we're likely to see

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a few more enhanced showers drifting further inland.

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Now, this is when we could see a few centimetres of snow

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settling at higher ground,

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maybe even a significant dusting at lower levels.

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But don't get too excited about it.

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As we go through the day on Saturday,

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the snow showers are likely to turn back to rain.

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And it's still going to feel pretty cold and grey.

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Still some sunshine, though,

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likely across Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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Very little change in the scenario

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through the second half of the weekend.

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A different day, the same old shade of grey, I'm afraid.

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5 to 7 degrees, still rather breezy, though, as well.

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You will need a few extra layers.

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As we move into the start of a new working week,

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on Monday, the breeze picks up a little

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and potentially helps to stir up that cloud,

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break it up a little across England and Wales.

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And as a result, we'll start to see those temperatures climbing,

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maybe up as high as 9 degrees across the south coast.

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And that marks the indication of something changing a little.

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Still the high pressure very much in control,

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blocking these weather fronts and areas of low

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out in the Atlantic, spiralling around,

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but the isobars will squeeze together

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and the wind may well change direction.

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Let's just recap before we look at the longer six- to ten-day period.

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We have seen this blocking high pressure across Scandinavia

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driving in this easterly flow,

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producing the cloud and the cool-ish wintry feel to things.

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But the high pressure looks likely to sink south a little.

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Still a level of uncertainty where that's going to be sitting,

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but if it does sit close towards the Alps,

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it'll drag in the southerly flow.

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A milder source, certainly,

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and that could potentially give us some spring-like weather,

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dare I say it,

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Maybe even the snowdrops putting in an appearance

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with a little bit of sunshine.

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However, clear skies by day

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will still lead to the potential of some frost and some fog

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overnight and first thing in the morning. Take care.

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