14/03/2018 Weather for the Week Ahead


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14/03/2018

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Hello, again. Are we still expecting the Beast from the East?

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Well, probably, but it's going to be a mini beast -

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but a far cry from what we're seeing at the moment.

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We've got an area of low pressure spinning to the west of the UK,

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bringing some rain to western areas,

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but it's drawing up the air from Iberia,

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so, it's a milder wind that's picking up on Wednesday.

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It will be a breezy day, some gales, actually,

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around some of these western hills and coasts,

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where we're going to find some outbreaks of rain coming in, too.

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For many central and eastern areas, though, it'll stay dry,

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and there will still be some sunshine, albeit a little bit hazy -

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but those temperatures could get as high as 14 or even 15 degrees.

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That's the peak of any warmth over the week ahead.

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These weather systems here will tend to migrate

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further north and east overnight into Thursday.

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The low pressure still stays out to the west of the UK,

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so, this is where we end up with this area of rain in the morning,

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and it will slip its way slowly northwards and eastwards

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to clear away from the south-east.

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Sunshine follows on behind,

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but there will be some heavy and thundery showers developing

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towards the south-west and into Wales.

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Here, temperatures 11, maybe 12 degrees,

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but to the north of our band of rain

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across Scotland and north-east England,

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it will be a little bit chillier -

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but there's colder air still to come.

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That weather front sort of grinds to a halt, really,

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as we head towards the end of the week.

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Instead, we've got high pressure dominating across Scandinavia.

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It's blocking everything off,

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so we're going to find some colder air starting to arrive

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around that area of high pressure.

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So the wet weather in Scotland and north-east England

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beginning to turn to sleet and snow.

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Still got some heavier showers further south

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across England and Wales,

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and still potentially some more rain to come in Northern Ireland.

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You can see the contrast in those temperatures -

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the numbers are dropping in the north-east.

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We're going to find that high pressure influencing our weather

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as we head into the weekend,

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drawing in some colder air from the near continent.

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The easterly wind returns

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in time for the weekend.

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It will be a strong wind,

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possibly gale force winds,

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and there will be a significant wind chill.

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It will feel much, much colder than it does at the moment,

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and we're going to find some snow showers almost anywhere -

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more, especially, down the eastern side of the UK,

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coming in further west across England and Wales,

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but largely missing Northern Ireland,

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largely missing the north-west of Scotland -

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but those temperatures struggling to make 1 or 2 degrees,

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and in the wind it will feel quite a bit colder, of course.

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Within those showers,

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we may well find a cheeky little weather front,

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an area of low pressure,

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which could organise the showers into some longer spells of snow

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across southern parts of England, the Midlands,

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perhaps into Wales overnight and into Sunday morning.

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That pushes through,

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and then the showers become fewer.

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Behind that, we've still got an easterly wind, still cold,

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still a lot colder than it should be at this time of the year.

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So, not a great weekend ahead.

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We've still got the cold air in the outlook, as well,

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but this time, instead of an easterly wind,

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we're going to find an area of high pressure

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building down from the north,

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and that brings with it more of a northerly wind,

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always strongest down the eastern side of the UK.

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Look at the upper level wind

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and we've got this undulation of the jet stream.

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Now, we talked earlier on

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about this idea that we could get milder air

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longer term into the outlook -

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that looks like it's been delayed,

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because we don't really get into that stronger jet stream just yet.

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So, instead, with high-pressure,

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it remains cold.

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There'll be some really frosty nights to come,

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but we probably won't see an awful lot of snow falling.

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It should be largely dry.

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The milder conditions, the Atlantic winds,

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hold off till the end of the week.

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