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As England takes another step in lockdown easing next week the cold flow also eases. Not back to the warmth of late March but not as cold and high pressure should bring fair weather.

England's lockdown easing: What's the weather looking like from the 12th April?

As England takes another step in lockdown easing next week the cold flow also eases. Not back to the warmth of late March but not as cold and high pressure should bring fair weather.

Australian floods: More heavy rain for east coast as evacuations continue

Australian floods: More heavy rain for east coast as evacuations continue

Australia - New South Wales and southern Queensland have seen torrential rain, over 900mm this week. Disasterous flooding and yet more rain with damaging winds up until midweek.

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Cold waves hitting Europe continue to threaten growers, is there a link to climate change?

Cold waves hitting Europe continue to threaten growers, is there a link to climate change?

Much of Europe, not just the UK, has experienced unseasonably cold weather since the Easter Weekend, creating problems for growers, with the vineyards of France particularly badly affected.

Get Growing This Easter Holiday: 5 Ideas for Family-Friendly Garden Projects

Get Growing This Easter Holiday: 5 Ideas for Family-Friendly Garden Projects

With spring well and truly upon us, it's time to get busy in the garden. But if you're not sure where to start, here's a list of 5 spring gardening projects to help you get growing this Easter holiday.

Could you get your Weather or Meteorologist badge?

Could you get your Weather or Meteorologist badge?

Scouts and Guides have had many weather badges over the years, such as the Meteorologist Activity Badge. Have a go in lockdown, as you record two weeks of weather observations.


Surprising high UK temperatures: The Foehn or Fohn Effect

Surprising high UK temperatures: The Foehn or Fohn Effect

Occasionally you can get high temperatures at unusual locations across the UK. It's due to the air drying out and warming up after moving over hills and mountains. The Foehn Effect; it can break records.

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Showers didn't stay away infact really coming down at the moment

NUT
NUT | 4 Minutes Ago

 

That's very similar to the April 1986 CET (5.8C).  It's a very tall order - we're currently running at 5.6C, 1.2C below the 1961-90 average for the first 12 days of April.  If that anomaly was maintained in the second half of April we'd end up on 6.7C, which would make it easily the coldest April since 1989, but not up there with April 1986.

Also, the model outputs are increasingly agreeing on a warm up around Sunday/Monday - OK, not as warm as many on here would like, but allowing for the GFS's typical underestimations of daytime maximum temperatures there's strong support for daytime highs creeping a little above the seasonal norm, peaking at 13-16C and possibly nudging 18C in the south-east.  For comparison 18C is London's long-term average maximum for May, using the more recent averages (for 1961-1990 it was 17C).

Thundery wintry showers
Thundery wintry showers | 10 Minutes Ago

What's the chances this month could be the coldest April on record? Needs to come in below 5.7°C here, which was 1986. I reckon it's possible especially with the dire outlook.

Thundershine
Thundershine | 34 Minutes Ago

-5.7C here was the low. A bit of an easterly influence in the next few days but it's April now. If it was January we'd be looking at max's close to zero. The sun is just too strong now and overpowers the cold continental air.

Frost HoIIow
Frost HoIIow | 34 Minutes Ago

Thundersnow in fact Zak, direct hit in St Neots, was quite a surprise!

James1979
James1979 | 42 Minutes Ago
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They do occur (2006 was the closest to this year) but they've never been quite this big in early April before. Agreed though, winds are shifting at the moment so it's likely to close up again.
Something else interesting, is that the Central Arctic hasn't yet fully frozen over this year. This has happened only twice before up to this point, in 2018 and 2016.

Anywho, on a separate note, different things going on around the Arctic.

On the Pacific side, ice melt in the Sea of Okhotsk is slower than normal, with the current the rank rising from 16th to 21st lowest in the last 7 days. The Bering Sea has even increased ice cover, going from 8th to 12th lowest.

 

Meanwhile, on the Atlantic side, sea ice cover in the Barents sea is plummeting, going from 10th to 4th lowest in 7 days. Melt in the Kara Sea has started early too, going from fully frozen to 4th lowest extent.

 

Finally, extent in the Central Arctic continues to drop, remaining lowest on record for the time of year & the lowest ever recorded in the first half of April.  Overall were 5th lowest on the 5 day average too, and essentially joint 2nd lowest (with 2020 and 2018) in the single day extent values.

BornFromTheVoid
BornFromTheVoid | 43 Minutes Ago

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Dark based cumulus develop over Chasewater, in Norton Canes, West Midlands today as April showers again develop in optimum conditions. 

Deeptricky74
Deeptricky74 | 2 Days Ago
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Ominous skies in the heart of the Black Country today. This taken over the M5 looking North-West. 

Deeptricky74
Deeptricky74 | 3 Days Ago
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Impressive development of springtime April showers today over the West Midlands. 

Deeptricky74
Deeptricky74 | 3 Days Ago
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Another picture of an impressive shower cloud that developed over the West Midlands today. Not a funnel, just skud unfortunately. 

Deeptricky74
Deeptricky74 | 3 Days Ago
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