Cold again this weekend

Official blog of the Met Office news team

After a cool few days, temperatures will recover through the middle part of this week, before turning cooler again by the weekend.

The cool spell we saw during the weekend just gone, and the colder conditions expected at the end of this week, are linked to the Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) event that occurred early last month. We are seeing high pressure to the north and west of the UK, resulting in a chilly northerly air flow – a type of weather pattern often called ‘blocking’ by meteorologists.

Blocking is frequently seen in the aftermath of SSW events, which involve the disruption of the normal westerly winds in the stratosphere. If the SSW had occurred earlier in the winter, the resulting pressure patterns could have produced some very cold and wintry weather.

Last weekend many places experienced rather chilly conditions with some wintry weather. Balmoral, Aberdeenshire, reached…

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