Cold Arctic air to reach UK this week, spread to the rest of Europe


The UK Met Office has issued wind warnings for Friday and Saturday, November 26 and 27, 2021 as a low-pressure system brings strong winds and heavy rain, and even sleet and snow in some places. The strongest winds will arrive across northern Scotland during Friday afternoon and will then spread across the rest of Scotland, Northern Ireland, and some exposed coasts of northern England by evening, and the rest of the UK away from the far southeast by Saturday.

Wind gusts are expected to reach 95 km/h (60 mph) widely, with 110 to 130 km/h (70 to 80 mph) possible in coastal locations, particularly in parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

"As well as strong winds, rain will also move south across the country on Friday, with showers following turning increasingly to hill snow in the north. This wintry mix of showers will continue on Saturday, and although snow is possible almost anywhere away from the far south, accumulations are likely to be confined to hills," said Chris Almond, Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist.1

It is going to be a windy period with potentially disruptive gales, which could cause some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport with a small chance exposed roads and bridges could close. There is a slight chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs and damage to temporary structures such as Christmas markets.

Temperatures will be widely below average for many with daytime temperatures in single figures for most with overnight frosts possible.

The unsettled pattern looks likely to continue into next week with showers and rain, possibly falling as snow over hills, in the north at times.

According to weather models available today, cold air will quickly spread to France and Spain and then to the rest of Europe on November 29. 

Another surge of cold air will push in with the start of December and spread all the way to Greece and Turkey by December 6.

The winter is here. Hope you are all ready.


1 Windy and cold spell to come – UK Met Office

Featured image credit: UK Met Office


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