UK weather:  Enough of grey, steady gloom?  Weather shakeup starts this Sunday for the end of January

24th January 2020 08:57

UK weather: Enough of grey, steady gloom? Weather shakeup starts this Sunday for the end of January

This week our weather has been dominated by high pressure, which reached 1050.5hPa last Sunday. This continues to bring settled, mostly dry weather to the UK today and on Saturday but changes are on the way. Next week, as the high finally disappears, we see frontal rain and low pressures returning from the Atlantic bringing wet and windy weather from the west and even some snow for northern hills.

StratoCumulus Anticyclonic Gloom

The main low pressure governing this change is already heading towards Iceland today. Various low centres develop near to Iceland and southern Greenland, throwing frontal rain and colder air down over the UK on Sunday. A secondary low develops during Monday heading out into the North Sea for the start of Tuesday and this has had some interest. Solutions show output varying from a deep stormy low to nothing more than a flat wave, plenty of uncertainty but most show main development once the low has moved east from the UK.

Low pressure UK

Next week really will be quite different; windy, unsettled, rain or hill snow on showers whizzing in from the west. Much more mobile than the current settled, steady and often grey conditions.


This morning there is fog about, again for parts of southern Britain. The high has trapped layer cloud which gives grey, ominous skies. It is known as Anticyclonic gloom and can be rather depressing. There are still chinks of sunshine and cheerier blue skies but in other areas, especially western coasts the cloud is thick enough to give a damp feeling, even drizzle. We have a mild enough start this morning and temperatures during the day will peak at 6 to 9C. The winds are very light, near calm for southern Britain with a westerly further north. There is still a moderate breeze for the far north of Scotland with showers for the far NW. A weak weather front which starts the day over Northern Ireland and southern Scotland rotates with proper rain for NW Scotland and a freshening SW wind, a warm front.

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Saturday starts off grey and dry for most, mild again with light winds in the south but more of a breeze picking up in the north. In the southerly flow, temperatures will be around 7C with a few showers for Cornwall, Devon and up to the Solway Firth. The cold front lurks over the Western Isles but for most, it’s a fair, settled Saturday, just rather grey.

UK snow Sunday rain

By Sunday a cold front will be sweeping in from the Atlantic bringing rain and a little snow for the highest hills and mountains. The wind picks up although the rain band may take its time to reach SE England. Behind the rain, there will be colder air.

UK snow late January

And that’s the weather for next week. Unsettled with rain and hills snow from the west so more shelter and brightness for eastern Britain. There will be colder air over the UK for a few days with blustery winds. The start of February looks mild.

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