07/12/2017 Weather for the Week Ahead


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Hello. If you've written off this week's weather as grey and mild,

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not worth paying much attention to,

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then think again, because big changes are underway now.

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So far this week, a lot of this,

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and temperatures as high as this,

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but give it 24 hours or so and, by Friday morning,

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some of us will be waking up to scenes like this.

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It may be 4 degrees on Friday.

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It'll feel much colder in the Arctic air

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back across the UK, and that's the big change -

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turning much colder, and just about anywhere could see a snow shower

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Thursday night into Friday morning.

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Why? Storm Caroline,

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this deep area of low pressure,

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is the game-changer in this week's weather,

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passing to the north of Scotland during Thursday,

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closest to it stormy,

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windy across the UK,

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and as Caroline pulls away,

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then the Arctic air surges south across the UK.

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That process begins on Thursday,

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behind this band of wet weather clearing south-east England,

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and then sunnier skies,

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then the showers that follow in will turn increasingly wintry

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as the colder air moves in.

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We could see blizzards

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in Highland Scotland

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as temperatures drop away.

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So, by this stage of Thursday,

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attention turning to snow and ice,

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but until then it is very much wind.

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The closest to Storm Caroline, northern Scotland,

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with a Met Office amber "be prepared" warning,

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gusts possible in excess of 80mph,

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60 to 70 elsewhere in Scotland,

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parts of Northern Ireland,

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with a yellow "be aware" warning.

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There will be travel disruption,

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absolutely check before you head out.

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Thursday night, the winds aren't as strong,

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attention turning to snow and ice.

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Snow showers possible anywhere,

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particularly northern and western Scotland,

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Northern Ireland, Wales, the Midlands,

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even south-east England.

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Some of us will wake up to a covering of snow

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on Friday morning, icy in places too.

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A lot of sunshine across eastern parts on Friday,

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but sun or snow showers,

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in the wind, still strong on Friday,

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it'll feel like it's at or below freezing.

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Quite a bitter-feeling day.

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A quieter day on Saturday.

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Still cold, windy, some wintry showers,

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but then on Sunday, an Atlantic weather system,

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with its moisture, coming into the cold air,

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brings a risk of further snow in places.

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Saturday is the quieter day of the weekend.

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A few wintry showers in the west,

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near North Sea coasts, where the wind is strongest,

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so it'll feel coldest, but some sunshine too.

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But by Sunday, here comes that frontal system.

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Rain, sleet and snow, as it pulls into that colder air.

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A lot of uncertainty about who will see the snow.

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At the moment, it looks like North Wales, the Midlands,

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northern England, but that could change.

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There's certainly a risk of significant snow in places

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so keep an eye on Sunday's forecast

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for the updates.

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At the start of next week,

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that system is pulling away.

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We're back into a chilly northerly flow,

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but as the week goes on, there could be a repeat of Sunday's weather

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with this weather system in the Atlantic again bringing moisture

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into the cold air, which will be established across much of the UK,

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just occasionally milder towards the south and south-west.

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For next week's weather,

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it looks like it will stay cold for most of us for much of the week,

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often windy - winds from the north

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or north-west - and the risk

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of further snow, either in the form

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of wintry showers or from those

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Atlantic weather systems bringing in

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perhaps some rain, but also some sleet and snow.

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Don't be fooled by the quiet start

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to the weather this week.

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It is changing. Keep your eye on it

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and don't get caught out.

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