Met Office weather warnings: heavy snowfall for Somerset with ‘temperatures dropping sharply’ to -4C
Weather maps show snow could hit the southwest this week as the Met Office predicts sub-zero temperatures for the area.
Winter has so far been exceptionally mild for the season, with record high New Years Day temperatures of 16.3C recorded in St James’s Park in central London.
Forecasters are now predicting gradual climate change after warm Azorean air raised temperatures across the UK.
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The Met Office said “temperatures will drop sharply” tonight with the mercury expected to drop to -4C tonight.
WX Charts, which provides international weather data, reveals that heavy rain could turn to snow in parts of Somerset and the wider region this week.
The Westcountry could see around 5mm of rain per hour on Friday morning, but charts reveal heavy snowfall could fall in Taunton and West Somerset and South Wales and the Bristol Channel.
Weather warnings for ice are currently in place for Birmingham and parts of the North West and Northern Ireland, while a weather warning for ice and snow is in place across Scotland.
The Met Office says in its five-day forecast for the southwest: “After a cold weather start, most places will be dry with long periods of sunshine. Devon and Cornwall may see a few isolated showers, but even these will tend to subside during the afternoon. Strong winds at the start will weaken steadily. Maximum temperature 9C.
“(Tonight will be) dry with clear skies this evening and overnight. As the breeze drops lightly, temperatures will drop sharply with widespread freezing and isolated shallow patches of fog developing in the morning. Minimum temperature -4C.
“(Thursday) Starts cold with a little sunshine, but gets cloudy all morning. Rain and strong winds will arrive in Cornwall and Devon around noon and get wet elsewhere in the afternoon. Temperature maximum 9C.
“Cold and windy on Friday with windy winter showers. Windy and milder on Saturday with outbreaks of rain.
Long term weather forecast for UK – January 9-18
Windy and unstable weather persisting at the start of the period, with episodes of rain crossing the country. Generally mild in the south, while temperatures are closer to normal further north. High pressure is expected to develop in the south by the end of next week, with lighter winds and more stable conditions and temperatures closer to average, and a risk of overnight frosts. During this time, the north is more likely to continue to see episodes of cloud and rain at times, with stronger winds. Confidence wanes by the end of the period, but a likely return to generally more volatile conditions across the UK, with the western and north-western parts expected to continue to experience the wettest and windiest weather conditions . Temperatures becoming near or slightly above average.