Weather in UK: Cold snap will end unusual heat wave | UK weather
The unusually warm period of weather, which included record high temperatures in the New Year, will come to an abrupt end overnight, plunging to 10 Â° C (a drop of 18 Â° F) in parts of the UK.
The forecast follows the hottest New Years weekend on record when 16.5 Â° C (61.7 Â° F) was hit in Bala, Gwynedd on December 31, 2021 – a New Year’s record for the Kingdom United and Wales, when it is usually around 7 Â° C.
The Met Office has issued warnings for snow, ice and winds in the north and east of Scotland, with cold air affecting Scotland expected to descend southward through the Pennines and into the Lake District , North Wales and the Peak District. These areas could receive snow showers.
Tom Morgan, a Met Office meteorologist, said: âCompared to the 16C experienced in London this weekend, for example, tomorrow it will probably be 6C or 7C. It’s not just the cold air that will make us feel much colder – it will also be the force of the wind. When these factors are combined, the change will be a shock to the system. “
An arctic cold will engulf most of the country by midweek, bringing frost and icy road conditions for many. âTaking into account the wind speed, in many parts of the country it will feel like -1C or -2C,â Morgan said.
Parts of northern Scotland, including the Highlands, Aberdeenshire and Moray, are on yellow alert to frequent flurries and high winds from 3 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday. The Met Office has warned of difficult driving conditions, especially on coastal and mountain roads.
He said: “In combination with winds at times 50 to 60 mph, temporary blizzard conditions and snow drifts on higher grade roads are likely.”
With cold air spreading south across Scotland and bringing winter showers, patches of icy ice are expected to form late Monday afternoon. In Orkney, gusts can reach 80 mph.
Forecasters predict that some train or bus services could be canceled or delayed in the event of flooding and spray caused by heavy rains.
Although the Met Office has only issued warnings for Scotland, commuters in England and Wales returning to work on Tuesday could also see snow, Morgan said. âThere’s a band of rain that could briefly turn to sleet or snow, from breakfast time to mid-morning. Seeing snowflakes might come as a surprise to many people, given the mild weather. “
Jack Cousens, AA’s Head of Roads Policy, said: âA mild start to the year will suddenly turn cold and windy over the next few days, with warnings of snow and ice in the Highlands. Drivers should make sure their cars are in good condition before setting off. Most breakdowns can be avoided by checking the fuel, oil, and coolant levels while making sure the tires are not damaged and have plenty of tread.
“Preparing for the worst is worth it, so keeping warm clothes and coats in the car, along with some candy and water, is recommended.”
The UK Health Safety Agency has urged people to check vulnerable members of the public in the coming days, including the elderly and the critically ill.
UKHSA consultant Agostinho Sousa said: âThe cold can have a serious impact on health, especially for the elderly and those with heart and lung problems, as it increases the risk of heart attacks, d ‘strokes and lung infections.