02/03/2018 Weather for the Week Ahead


02/03/2018

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Hello. This is the time when we take a look at the forecast

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for the next ten days.

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And we will do that,

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but I want to focus first of all on the next few hours.

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We've had this Met Office red warning in force across parts

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of south-west England, south-east Wales.

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That expiring through the early hours of Friday morning.

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Still an amber warning in force,

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though, across parts of the south-west, also parts

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of Northern Ireland, north-east England,

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northern and eastern Scotland.

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Those Met Office warnings show where we are most likely to see

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the disruptive snowfall through the first part of Friday.

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Northern and eastern Scotland seeing the snow showers continuing

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and after a slightly quieter period, it looks like snow will

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return across southern areas later in the day.

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A lot of uncertainty about just how far north that snow will get.

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Another cold day, though, particularly

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when you factor in the strength of a biting easterly wind.

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The vast majority of places

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will feel sub-zero.

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But this snow could well be quite troublesome for Friday's rush hour.

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As I mentioned, though, uncertainty about how far north it will get

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and how much snow it will bring to

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places like Birmingham, London, Cardiff, Bristol.

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But it does look like that weather system will limp its way

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further north as we move out of Friday into Saturday.

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The snow on it tending to weaken.

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With low pressure still in charge down to the south-west,

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we're going to see a southerly wind attempting to bring us

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something a little bit less cold.

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I hesitate to use the world milder because I think it is

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still going to feel decidedly chilly through this weekend.

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But particularly down towards the south, a bit less cold than

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it has been and there is still the risk, in some places, of some snow.

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So let's take it day by day.

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This is Saturday.

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Remember that weather system limping northwards.

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It doesn't look like much at this stage, just some very patchy snow

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drifting across northern England, Northern Ireland, southern Scotland.

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Still snow showers into the north-east,

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a mix of rain and sleet and snow into the south-west.

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Still chilly, yes, but not quite as cold as it has been

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and that is a trend that continues into Sunday.

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It looks like we could see an area of patchy snow drifting northwards.

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A lot of uncertainty about the positioning of that.

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Still some snow showers into eastern Scotland and, again,

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we nudge those temperatures up by another degree or two.

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2 to 8 degrees at best.

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Now, as we move out of Sunday into Monday,

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low pressure still in charge of the scene,

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but not too many white lines,

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not too many isobars on the chart.

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That means relatively light winds.

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But with those light winds,

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it is going to be a bit of a forecasting headache to work out

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exactly where the weather systems will move.

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We are likely to have some patchy snow

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drifting its way across some northern areas,

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but down to the south,

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the temperatures up to 7, 8, 9 degrees.

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Still below average, though, for the time of year.

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For Tuesday, a lot of dry weather around, some spells of sunshine.

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Any showers that fall at low levels

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most lightly to be rain and sleet

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at this stage with these slightly higher temperatures,

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but still the potential for some snow over high ground,

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particularly in the north.

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Later next week,

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the jet stream remains well away to the south of the UK.

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That leaves us in the cold air

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but as this dip in the jet stream approaches from the west,

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it is likely to spin up an area of low pressure.

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Now, exactly where this low ends up

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will be crucial in determining

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the temperatures for the end of next week.

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If it moves its way northwards, it will allow us

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to bring some milder air in our directions but

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if it slides away to the south, we are likely to be left in the cold.

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So still a lot to play for as far

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as the temperatures go next week.

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