17th November 2018 09:41

Cold Easterly Winds Arrive As The Scandi High Builds This Weekend

Winds off the nearby continent remind us of the 'Beast from the East', but the good news is that it's too early in the season to see the temperatures experienced in early March. You will notice the difference though over the next few days, in an increasingly cold wind. Don't be fooled, therefore, particularly tomorrow, when you'll need to wrap up well despite most places seeing a fair amount of sunshine as a large anticyclone over Scandinavia dominates.

Scandinavian High Pressure

For today though it's a typical November morning, with extensive areas of mist, very low cloud and patchy fog. This has been thick enough to give a little light rain and drizzle in places overnight but don't despair; there's an improvement on the way.

Sunshine Making A Comeback

Skies have already broken over Kent, Norfolk and Suffolk and this'll spread North and West to reach most of England, Wales and Scotland through the morning to give some sunshine as drier air moves in off the continent.

Drier air arriving off of the continent

The far West and parts of North and West of Scotland are also waking to largely clear skies and this has lead to a frost in some Highland glens. Northern Ireland and some eastern slopes of the Pennines will probably keep a lot of cloud, but the tendency here too will be for things to brighten up later with sunny intervals coming through by the afternoon. Apart from patchy drizzle at first it'll be mainly dry today, in a light or moderate South East or Easterly wind that'll be fresh along exposed coasts. Despite this, it'll still be mild for mid-November, with top temperatures mostly between 9 and 13C.

Once skies have broken over Northern Ireland, much of the United Kingdom will see largely clear skies after dark. The exception will be around the Moray Firth and across the Northern Isles where you'll keep a lot of cloud, with patchy mist and low cloud perhaps also affecting some East facing slopes of the Pennines and parts of the East coast at times. In a colder night, sheltered rural parts of Wales, North West England, Dumfries and Strathclyde, in particular, will see a touch of frost, where temperatures may fall close to freezing. For most though despite feeling a little raw, a mostly light or moderate Easterly wind will help prevent a frost, with lowest temperatures mostly between 3 and 6C.

North East Scotland and some eastern coastal counties may see mist and some cloud at times, but for most, Sunday will be fine and dry with a good deal of albeit slightly hazy sunshine. This'll make it ideal for a brisk walk or a visit to the countryside but take a coat because a mostly light or moderate East or North Easterly wind that'll continue to be fresh along exposed coasts will feel quite bracing. As a result, it'll feel more like 2 or 3C despite the temperature reaching 8 to 11C across the country by early afternoon, before falling sharply in sheltered areas towards dusk.

Wind chill temperatures on Sunday

A dry, fine evening and night will follow particularly across Northern Ireland and in central and western areas, where there'll be a frost as temperatures fall close to or just below freezing. Eastern parts of both Scotland and England, however, will probably see more cloud and mist at times. This should prevent temperatures from falling 3 to 5C particularly towards North Sea coasts, but that East or North Easterly wind will continue to feel quite raw.

Frosty on Sunday night - away from the east coast

As we enter the new working week, it'll begin to feel more like winter, as winds continue to blow off the nearby continent. There'll be some sunshine particularly in the West, but also cloud at times that'll give some mostly light showers these mainly in the East. These could turn wintry especially in hilly areas, with some places seeing their first flakes of snow of the coming winter. There'll be night frosts, particularly in the West.

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