World weather this week

14 10 2015

Over the past week high pressure situated over or near the UK has brought fairly quiet and settled weather across the country and this is expected to continue into next week. Elsewhere across the globe there are some potentially significant weather events evolving which our meteorologists are keeping an eye on. Here we take a look at a few key areas and explore what the forecast has in store over the coming days.

Central and western Mediterranean
Recent thundery outbreaks of rain in the central Mediterranean are likely to continue into next week. Parts of central Italy, Croatia, Montenegro and Albania may see 150-250mm of rain, with as much as 500mm possible in some places over a few days, which is over twice their monthly average rainfall. As a result, significant flooding, with a risk of landslides may affect central Italy and Croatia Wednesday and Thursday, then affecting coastal parts of Montenegro and Albania on Friday.

Visible satellite image at 3pm showing clouds building over the central Mediterranean. Credit MSG.

Visible satellite image at 3pm 14/10/15 showing clouds building over the central Mediterranean. Credit MSG.


Parts of the Midwest and Northeastern states of the USA are expected to see their first snow showers of the season this weekend. Cold air is expected to push south across the Great Lakes by Saturday, reaching the northeast by Sunday, meaning that daytime temperatures are likely to be in single figures (Celsius), close to the average night-time temperatures for this time of year. This comes after some states recorded their warmest September on record. Some places may see snow showers, including parts of upstate New York and Pennsylvania. The snow is not expected to cause significant disruption and is likely to fall as sleet rather than snow in most urban areas but it will feel rather chilly!

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Very cold air across eastern parts of the USA and across eastern Europe



There is also some active weather in the tropics, with Tropical Storm Koppu currently sitting over the western Pacific to the east of the Philippines. This storm puts the Philippines at risk of flooding and wind damage later this weekend as the storm moves westwards and strengthens to probably become a significant Typhoon by the end of the week. Current forecasts take Koppu into the northern part of the Philippines (Luzon) later this weekend, with heavy rainfall, very strong winds, high waves and a storm surge likely to have significant impacts.

Infra red satellite image at 2.30pm showing Tropical Storm Koppu approaching the Philippines. To the east lies Tropical Storm Champi which is not expected to reach the Philippines. Credit: JMA.

Infra red satellite image at 2.30pm 14/10/15 showing Tropical Storm Koppu approaching the Philippines. To the east lies Tropical Storm Champi which is not expected to reach the Philippines. Credit: JMA.

Spring swing brings colder weather and snow

7 03 2013

Frosty fence

We’ve had some very mild conditions this week with welcome sunshine pushing temperatures into the high teens. However, in a classic spring swing, colder weather is on the way as we head into the weekend.

By Saturday, we will see a return of easterly winds which will bring in much colder air from Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. Snow is expected across some eastern parts of the country over the weekend. By the start of next week, most of the UK will see daytime highs in low single figures with some frosty and icy nights.

So how unusual is it to see cold weather and snow in March?

The UK’s weather is very much at the mercy of where our winds come from, and throughout spring we can see sudden swings in the weather conditions. If we look back to last year we had very high temperatures at the end of March as the UK was under the influence of high pressure and light south-easterly winds. This year, this week’s south-easterly winds are now giving way to colder easterlies.

What about snow?

Statistics show that snow is more likely in March than around Christmas. As we know, heat from the sun increases as we head towards summer and this can lead to some interesting weather in March. With more heat from the sun the ground warms up more quickly and gives very unstable air, which can lead to a greater number of showers. Warmer air also holds more moisture so showers can give heavier rainfall. If this combines with cold air we can potentially see some heavy snowfall. However, easterly winds tend to be dry and so substantial snow fall is not expected over the next week.

As always, the Met Office will be working with different agencies to keep Britain on the move, and to keep people safe and well during periods of cold weather. The latest forecasts and warnings can be found online, through our mobile apps and through TV and radio broadcasts.


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