18/03/2018 Weather for the Week Ahead


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18/03/2018

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Hello there. So, the Beast from the East has arrived.

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As we know, it's just a minibeast. This one's not going to be as nasty.

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We have seen a significant drop in temperature

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and we have seen some snow already.

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These are just two of the many Weather Watcher pictures

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we've been sent in the past 24 hours.

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Keep sending them in on Sunday,

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because there will be more wintry scenes across the UK.

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We've still got warnings out from the Met Office - some yellow ones,

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the more significant amber ones are still in place for snow

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and ice across parts of England and Wales as we head into Sunday.

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Any milder air that we had over the past few days has been

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pushed all the way down into Africa instead.

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Our air originates from Siberia, hence that cold easterly wind

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bringing some more snow overnight and into Sunday, as well.

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The main heavier snowfall towards the south-west of England and Wales

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tending to creep away through the day. Some heavy falls over hills.

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Behind it, dry, cloudy conditions for the south-east.

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More snow showers coming in off the North Sea, mind you,

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mainly for the Humber northwards,

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and temperatures, well, struggling to make one or two degrees.

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And add on the strength of that easterly wind,

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it'll feel like minus five or minus six.

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Cold winds feeding in from the east around an area of high pressure,

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but the position of the high pressure is going to change

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over the coming few days - the centre of the high towards Scotland,

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so here the winds will be lighter.

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Very frosty, still icy conditions on Monday. Stronger winds for England

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and Wales, but not as strong, so it won't feel as cold.

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The air's a bit drier, so most places will be dry.

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And there'll be some sunshine around, as well.

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Indeed, not much falling from the sky, really, on Monday at all.

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We're losing the snow, because high pressure is building in

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and it's just calming things down.

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There's the high pressure, more across the UK on Tuesday.

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Around the edge of it we get a northerly wind.

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It's cold, but it's not as cold as an easterly wind.

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It'll be mainly affecting eastern England, that wind,

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where there'll be more cloud. You might get one or two showers,

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but on the whole again it's going to be dry,

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sunshine, temperatures creeping up to seven or eight degrees.

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Still cold, but it's better. It's a trend.

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The really mild air is more towards the Atlantic, and to get that we

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need to change the wind direction, squash away the high pressure,

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around the top of it bring in the south-westerly winds,

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and that's what we start to do on Wednesday.

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It comes, of course, with a lot more cloud,

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and we get some outbreaks of rain towards the north-west of the UK,

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nothing very much.

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Towards the south-east it's probably going to be dry.

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Ten degrees in Belfast, a significant change here.

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A little rain on that weather front there pushes away, and then we get

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a more significant weather system from the Atlantic again on Thursday.

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That's going to bring thickening cloud, outbreaks of rain.

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It could be a bit heavier, this rain, in the north-west.

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Over the hills of Western Scotland, some wet weather here,

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but again not much reaching the eastern side of England.

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It's probably going to be dry and bright. A little bit of sunshine.

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We're not going to be seeing so much frost, because the air's

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a bit milder, and temperatures widely ten or 11 degrees.

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So, let's head into the outlook, and things will change again,

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because a lot of that milder air gets pushed away.

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Instead, you can see the swirl on the wind pattern in the colder air.

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With the jet stream to the south of the UK,

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we've got an area of low pressure,

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and that means it's going to be very unsettled as we head into next

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weekend. Things slowly improving beyond then.

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But what we'll find is next weekend it's going to be quite windy.

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There may well be some gales around, we'll have some rain or showers,

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not much snow around at all.

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And then, as the low clears away, we get a north-westerly

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and it will turn a little bit cooler.

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