Published on : Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Temperatures of -10 deg C are on the way and the Met Office has predicted snow in the UK almost every day for the next two weeks, including today.
Forecasters say they may even see a rare white Christmas as an Arctic blast holds the UK in its grip. Land, roads and some properties may flood and there may be travel disruption.
It’s officially winter time and the Met Office has rounded up a chart of the biggest weather extremes for December since 1961.
Local inland flooding is possible but not expected tonight and on Wednesday in parts of the north of England and also more widely on Saturday across England and Wales.
Rain and strong winds likely to clear Sunday morning from southeastern areas, with a mixture of sunny spells and showers elsewhere.
Showers mainly confined to coastal districts with inland areas likely to remain largely dry. Generally cold, with milder interludes briefly in the south. Overnight frost and icy patches likely throughout.
Power repair crews across Scotland will encounter snow and high winds tomorrow as they battle to re-connect thousands of customers for the first day of winter.
Storm Arwen is now believed to have caused much more damage than previously thought and power firms can’t say for sure of all customers will see supplies restored by Friday, fully a week after the 90 mph tempest.
More snow showers for northern Scotland by Thursday with perhaps as few on the east coast Britain and sneaking down the Cheshire Gap and over Wales.
Possibly wintry on Friday as an Atlantic front moves in and hits the cold air, so mostly from the northwest for northern hills.
Most areas seeing some sunshine, especially towards the southeast, where some places dry. Heavier showers further west and north, with possible hail and thunder, increasingly wintry across Scotland.
Visitors have been told to stay away from forests across much of northern England after Storm Arwen blew over tens of thousands of trees.
Forestry England will conduct an aerial survey of the damage in the coming days and have sent teams to clear roads for people living in the affected areas.
The UN’s World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said La Nina, which last held the globe in its clutches between August 2020 and May this year, had reappeared and is expected to last into early 2022, they said today.
One of the worst snowstorms of England fell in February 1940. During the height of the second world war, the United Kingdom was suddenly hit by the second coldest winter in 50 year.