Freezing air from the Arctic will sweep over the UK in a northwesterly direction at the end of October, bringing snow with it, according to WXCHARTS’ latest snow depth charts. Central Scotland will see a sprinkling of snow settle as temperatures drop to freezing lows of 0C. Met Office meteorologist Becky Mitchell predicted northwestern parts of the UK will also see snow falling by the end of October.
She told Express.co.uk: “The end of the month will be unsettled, wet and windy.
“North Westerly winds will bring a chance of seeing wintry weather, including snow on higher ground, in Scotland and as far south as the Pennines.”
The Met Office also predicted wintry weather in its long-range forecast between Tuesday, October 27 and Tuesday, November 10.
The forecast said: “Confidence becomes low towards the end of the month.
“However, the early part of the forecast period will likely see a gradual transition to a generally more unsettled pattern across the whole of the UK.
“Spells of rain and showers are likely, with these turning wintry over high ground in the north and northwest.
“There may also be the odd settled spell at times during this period, but they are likely to be short-lived.
“Temperatures likely to stay at or just below average throughout.”
The icy weather may also be caused by the “La Nina” pattern over the tropical pacific.
The BBC’s long range forecast between Monday, October 26 and Sunday, November 8, explained this is due to sea surface temperatures in this region cooling down.
The forecast said: “We can have more confidence than usual that we’ll see some cold northerly plunges in late October and especially in November, due to a ‘La Nina’ pattern over the Tropical Pacific.
“This means colder than normal sea surface temperatures to the west of Peru, out across the Tropical Pacific.
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“When La Nina develops in autumn, this favours a higher chance of northerly winds over the UK during November, as high pressure develops to our west more often.”
Netweather’s Terry Scholey warned this week will also be chilly as North Easterly winds sweep freezing lows of 0C across the UK.
He said: “In the East and South East, a cold and ‘nagging’ North to North Easterly wind continues to bring a few showers into the evening and overnight.
“But skies should break sufficiently at times to give a few clear intervals.
“Here despite the chill temperatures shouldn’t fall below 6 to 8C.
“Further West and North there’ll be clear spells, and with lighter breezes, it’ll turn cold enough for a ground frost in sheltered rural spots.
“Some Highland glens could see temperatures falling just below freezing, but 2 to 4C will be a more general minimum.”
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