UK weather: Met Office forecasts frost and fog patches
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Parts of Britain will see the first snowfall this year before the end of October, according to new forecasts which show the mercury plummeting due to an Arctic weather front. A large swathe of Wales will experience snowy conditions from Friday, October 28 – with up to 7cm falling in North Wales and up to 2cm in central parts. This, according to British Weather Service’s senior meteorologist Jim Dale, is due to a colder snap which will move in days beforehand. He believes the snow will lay – and that it could be around for as much as two days.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, he said: “It’s on one of the models covering Wales and northern Scotland. There will be a frosty spell – with a front moving in.
“It probably will not be very severe but we will have to wait and see. If it arrives as shown then a day or two of lying is possible, but certainly, the cold is going nowhere fast.”
Temperatures will begin dropping from the start of the week beginning October 25 with the north seeing lows of around 5C – but the southeast will still remain fairly warm with thermometers still recording low teens.
But for the areas set to be affected by snow – on October 28 temperatures will struggle to sit above freezing, with highs of 2C to 3C.
Mr Dale added: “It’s a gradual thing – the cold arrives from the north on the 25th and onwards from there. But, caution is required though. What you see now will probably be different by the time we get there.
“It will be caused by a northerly plunge from the Arctic as low pressure passes northern Scotland from west to east.”
While Mr Dale has thrown his weight behind snow predictions, WX Charts, an interactive weather model, shows snow will move in from midnight on Thursday, October 27 remaining in place for the entire day.
But due to the length of time between now and then – the maps do not show how this weather front will play out into November as yet.
However, the Met Office’s forecast for this period does not allude to any snowfall at all. It says: “This period is likely to see a continuation of the unsettled weather, bringing spells of rain or showers and strong winds across the UK at times, with temperatures near normal for the time of year.
“However, as we move into November, there is an increasing chance of more settled weather across the UK, which would bring colder conditions with mist, fog, and overnight frost.”
And its long-range forecast leading up to this period says: “Unsettled conditions continue to dominate throughout this period, with showers or longer spells of rain, potentially heavy, for much of the UK.
“The heaviest and most persistent of the rain is likely in the south to begin with, and then in the west. Moving through the week, frontal systems continue to affect the UK, however, some drier, brighter, and showery periods can be expected in between the passing of these systems, especially in the northeast.”
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The end of this period is likely to see a continuation of unsettled weather, especially across the north and west. Strong winds likely throughout this time in association with the passing of weather fronts, with a chance of coastal gales in places.
“Southern parts likely to be mild for a time, otherwise temperatures near normal.”
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