Weather forecast weekend – Cold snap to hit Britain as temperatures plunge to 4C

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21 Nov 2020, 23:53Updated: 21 Nov 2020, 23:53

BRITAIN is braced for a cold end to the week, with temperatures plunging to 4C.

Snow is forecast at lower levels in Scotland while the rest of the UK is set to experience the first "real taste of winter" of late 2020.

Thankfully the temperatures will have picked up slightly by Saturday, before an extremely changeable front moves in next week.

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81MPH GUST RECORDED IN SHETLAND

An 81 mph gust of wind was recorded in Lerwick, in the Shetland Isles on Saturday.

Achnagart, also in Scotland saw the most rainfall on Saturday with 25.6mm, the Met Office has said.

Scotland though secured the top spot for the sunniest place in the UK with Dyce on the east coast getting 5.7 hours.

SHELTERS OVERCROWDED AFTER HURRICANES ETA AND IOTA

Shelters for people whose homes were flooded or damaged by hurricanes Eta and Iota in Honduras are now so crowded that thousands of victims have taken refuge under highway overpasses or bridges.

The International Red Cross estimates that about 4.2million people were affected by the back-to-back Category 4 hurricanes in November in Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala. Several hundred thousand are in shelters or informal camps across the region.

But nowhere are the evacuated victims piled up more densely than in the northern Honduras city of San Pedro Sula, where some neighborhoods are still under water.

The evacuees say they fear that even when they are eventually allowed to return to their flooded neighborhoods, they will find everything gone.

GRITTERS OUT IN NORTHERN IRELAND

Gritters are out and about salting the roads in Northern Ireland, Trafficwatch NI has said.

Temperatures are set to fall below freezing overnight and motorists have been urged to use caution when driving.

Trafficwatch NI said in a statement: “Temperatures are forecast to fall below freezing with a risk of ice on the roads across the parts of the South and East overnight.

“Salting of roads on the scheduled network considered to be at risk is currently underway in the East and planned overnight in the South.

“Road users are advised to exercise caution when travelling, particularly when driving on untreated roads.

“Dfi Engineers will continue to monitor the weather and road surface temperatures overnight and undertake further salting of the network if required.”

COLD AND BRIGHT START TO SUNDAY

It will be a cold, bright and sharp start to Sunday in central areas, the Met Office is predicting.

The south will see a cloudy start with a few areas of patchy rain.

Northern Scotland will see a windy Sunday morning with some blustery showers.

TONIGHT'S FORECAST

There will be further blustery showers in the north as it becomes dry across many areas tonight.

A band of rain continues south and will become rather slow moving along the south coast by dawn.

Temperatures are expected to be colder than last night.

SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW

It was a day of sunshine and showers as a brilliant rainbow illuminated the sky at Wallace monument in Stirling, Scotland today.

ATLANTIC INFLUENCE

Temperatures of -10C in Scotland and -5C in England are expected in December, with snow in the north including to lower levels at times, and a risk in the south, with some travel disruption.

“January and February temperatures look more average, with an Atlantic influence – but also cold spells and not the extreme mild temperatures of last winter,” a forecaster said.

COLD COLD COLD

Leon Brown, head of meteorological operations, said: “People will get a shock after recent mild winters.

“It looks like a close call for this winter to be 0.3C below average, which would make it the coldest winter since the early 2010s.

“A colder-than-average December is favoured, with Arctic influxes from the north-west due to the jet stream's position.”

BELOW-AVERAGE TEMPERATURES IN DECEMBER

Forecasters have already warned of below-average temperatures in December, and a higher chance of cold spells than in recent years.

Meanwhile, bookies have slashed the odds on a snowy Christmas Day.

TEMPERATURE MAP

WINDY DAY

Waves crash against the lighthouse at Newhaven in Sussex.

RAINBOW OVER STIRLING, SCOTLAND

CLOUDY DAY

Cloud is lingering across much of England and Wales this afternoon, although there have been a few bright spells 🌤️

Blustery showers are spreading in from the west across Scotland and Northern Ireland 🌦️🌬️ pic.twitter.com/0HOrJWWQIw

— Met Office (@metoffice) November 21, 2020

COLD SPELLS

According to the Met Office, the chance of cold spells is much higher than in recent years.

“Temperatures will feel reasonably cold in late November,” officials from the service said.

“December 5 to 19 has temperatures close to or below average, with an increasing chance of wintry showers, especially in the north on high ground.”

COLDEST WINTER SINCE 2012

Officials at The Weather Company say in recent years, our winters have been milder – and the cold this season will “shock” us.

Met Office records show that if the average temperature is just 0.2C below normal, at 3.5C or lower, it'll be the coldest winter since 2012/13.

DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS

There's a 60 per cent chance Brits will see a white Christmas – amid claims this winter could be the coldest in almost a decade.

Arctic blasts ahead of the festive season could bring -10c temperatures, along with snow and ice, it has been claimed.

More on the story here

STRONG WINDS AND SHOWERS IN SCOTLAND

Strong winds and blustery showers in northern Scotland this evening 🌦️🌬️🍃

Largely dry, clear and cold in Northern Ireland and northern England, just a few showers 🌜

Mostly cloudy in the south with patchy light rain ☁️ pic.twitter.com/G7MJgmXwET

— Met Office (@metoffice) November 21, 2020

OUTLOOK FOR MONDAY TO WEDNESDAY

The Met Office said the weather from Monday to Wednesday is set to be rainy, with strong winds particularly in the North West.

Rain is expected to be heavy at times, according to forecasters.

Elsewhere it will be mostly dry and bright, but most places will experience rain on Wednesday.

Temperatures will stay mild, the Met Office said.

SUNDAY WEATHER FORECAST

The Met Office's weather forecast for Sunday says: “Further blustery showers in north, heaviest and most frequent across northern Scotland.

“Many central parts dry with some sunshine.

“Cloudier in the south with light rain and drizzle at times.”

SENTINEL6 LAUNCHING TONIGHT

WET WEATHER

Saturday afternoon will bring a band of wet weather across the South of England with wind blowing from the West.

Only some parts of the UK will stay dry, the Met Office said.

WINTER SUNRISE

The winter sun tries to break through gloomy skies at Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset at sunrise this morning.

MILD IN THE SOUTH

Met Office forecaster Steven Keates said: “In the South it will be a relatively mild day on Saturday afternoon, with temperatures of 12C or 13C.

“Towards the North of the UK, however, temperatures will be colder.”

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