Winter WARMER! The “tropical” plume of the Azores will bring a gentle heat of 58F to Great Britain this weekend
Britain will be hit by a “tropical” plume from the Azores this weekend, bringing mild temperatures of 58F after weeks of destructive storms.
Mercury is expected to rise from tomorrow, with weather experts predicting that mild, steady weather will last until Christmas.
For today, the Met Office says daytime showers will subside during the evening and become increasingly light and patchy.
The night will then be dry with long clear spells, but patches of haze and fog will form, as thick cloud cover sets in from the west across Northern Ireland and the west of the Great -Brittany, with a risk of rain at dawn.
Saturday will see some clearing or sunshine in eastern areas as temperatures rise, but rain is expected to become heavy and widespread by the evening.
Sunday will bring another cloudy day with outbreaks of rain and showers in the northern and western regions. Mist patches will persist elsewhere, while Monday will be generally dry but dull with large areas of thick cloud cover.
Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services, told The Sun: “We are on the verge of having a subtropical airflow from Saturday and we could see temperatures in the south reaching 14 ° C (58 ° F ).
“This is air coming in from Spain and the Azores Islands, and although a cold front will come in after the weekend, the generally mild weather will last for about a week.
“It will also be very calm and settled with no storms on the radar, so a big change from what we’ve seen so far.”
Thursday night revelers are soaked as they walk in the heavy rain in Newcastle last night, but conditions are expected to improve this weekend
Long-term forecasts, meanwhile, suggest that stable conditions are likely heading into the Christmas season, with temperatures near or even slightly above average for this time of year.
The last week of December and early January are expected to remain calm, with an increased risk of frost and fog during the clearer times over Christmas and around New Years.
It comes after Scottish households whose electricity supply was cut off by Storm Barra can now turn lights back on once power is restored.
About 1,000 customers were still off the grid as of Wednesday morning due to disruption from the second winter storm of the season, provider Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks said.
But the network has now confirmed that supplies to all of its customers in northern Scotland were restored just before 7 p.m.
Deputy Prime Minister John Swinney told MSPs in Holyrood yesterday that he recognized the “inconvenience and hardship” caused to those affected – some of which had only recently been restored after damage from Storm Arwen.
The previous storm caused “catastrophic damage” to power grids, primarily in North East Scotland, affecting 135,000 properties.
Labor MP for North East Scotland, Michael Marra, raised the issue in Holyrood, saying: “With further adverse weather forecasts it is imperative that the situation is resolved as soon as possible”.
He told the Deputy Prime Minister: “Storm Barra of course comes just after Storm Arwen and many residents had just had their power supply restored after the damage last week.
“Part of the widespread frustration, and in some places the anger that exists, is the lack of clear communication from government and energy suppliers.”
Scottish Police said they said the major incident was over on Wednesday afternoon, and Superintendent Murray Main thanked “everyone involved for their dedication and for working around the clock to restore power”.
Ritchie Johnson, Aberdeenshire Council, said that with “any major event like this we are always learning about our response and our resilience”.
“Reconnecting homes and businesses and ensuring the well-being of Aberdeenshire’s most vulnerable people has been our shared number one priority over the past week and more,” he said.