Met Office warns of ‘peculiar’ weather as snow threatens.
Our recent seasons sure like lulling us into a false sense of security! No sooner have temperatures hit double figures and once again we’re being warned to prepare for arctic blasts over Easter. Make sure you check your oil tank level and don’t get caught out. Unexpected freezing spells usually mean a higher than usual demand for heating oil. Also, with some areas being told snow is threatening, it’s a good idea to be prepared.
The Easter weekend is expected to be colder than usual as a pattern of “peculiar” weather threatens to plunge temperatures and cover the UK in snow for the third time this month.Britain is set to be plagued by a mixture of rain, sleet and snow over the Easter bank holiday weekend as the country prepares to be hit with the third huge cold spell this month.Britain could once again be engulfed in snow as arctic blasts threaten plunge temperatures over the Easter weekend – potentially making it one of the coldest Easters on record.Met Office warned there could be a second Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) of the air high in the atmosphere over the Arctic.Meteorologist Aidan McGivern said in February there was a sudden warming of air in the stratosphere above the North Pole.He warned that when that warming happened it disrupted something called the Polar Vortex, which is a pool of very cold air above the North Pole.When the Polar Vortex is disrupted, the jet stream brings mild and unsettled weather from the Atlantic.
Mr McGivern warned: “Through next week the jet stream will be coming from the west at times bringing us areas of low pressure.
“But we’ve already seen that jet stream disrupted twice so far this March and we’ve seen winds arrive Siberia.”
The Met Office forecaster added: “Into next week, well the jet stream looks to be continuing in this fairly disrupted state. That means that we won’t get so many strong westerlies and we could potentially open the door to northerlies.
“That’s the most likely scenario as we head into the Easter weekend. Winds generally from the north and of course that will mean colder than average temperatures as we head into good Friday and into Saturday.
“With those colder-than-average temperatures, we will see showers and those showers will be wintery – a mixture of rain, sleet and snow. Particularly in the north but not exclusively.
“So that’s the most likely scenario as we head into Easter weekend.”
Mr McGivern said the weather does not look as extreme as the previous easterly wind events that took place during March.
He added: “Night-time frosts, some snow showers by day, perhaps some settling snow, particularly over northern bills. But also some sunshine.”
BBC Weather warned that Britain could be engulfed in snow for the third time in March as the Beast from the Easter threatens to make a return. BBC Weather forecaster Tomasz Schafernaker said: “We’ve been looking at the weather for the Easter period and it looks like things might turn cold again.
“Some computer models are suggesting that we are going to have a blast of cold Arctic air so obviously winds coming in from the north.”
He tweeted: “Who likes trilogies? When you get a sudden stratospheric warming event like we saw in Jan, it often means you can get more than one/two/three bouts of colder weather. Beast From The East continued?”
The UK could suffer the coldest Easter on record if temperatures drop below the -12.5C (-12.5F) recorded at Braemar, Scotland in March 2013.
WeatherAction forecaster Piers Corbyn also said another potentially severe cold blast could grip the country before the end of March.
He said: “There is going be another very cold blast over the Easter weekend and there will be some more snow around.”
Barton Petroleum offer domestic heating oil at the right price plus a reliable delivery service in all weather. We are closed from Good Friday to Easter Monday inclusive, open on Tuesday 3rd April as usual.