UK weather: ‘Beast from the east’ cold snap to stay into next week

Posted: February 22, 2018 by oldbrew in Natural Variation, Temperature, weather

Cold end to February 2018 in Davos

Unusual for the start of March in the UK perhaps, but this looks quite tame compared to forecasts of well below -15C (overnight) for some parts of central Europe.

Forecasters warn of prolonged spell of icy and snowy conditions into early March, reports The Week.

The United Kingdom is bracing for a severe wintry snap in the coming days, as a blast of cold weather dubbed the “Beast from the East” approaches.

The icy conditions are believed to be caused by a weather phenomenon called a “sudden stratospheric warming” above the North Pole, which will drag very cold air from Siberia to the UK as early as next week.

Sky News warns that winter is “far from over”, with temperatures expected to hit 1C or 2C for most of the country, and -5C at night.

The Weather Channel says temperatures will be “dropping 2-3C below average by the end of the week”, with the possibility of disruptive heavy snowfall associated with the freezing easterly blast.

Bloomberg reports that “prices for electricity, natural gas, coal and carbon” have risen sharply in the UK and across much of Europe, as demand for heating is expected to increase significantly.

But it’s set to get even colder next week when “polar continental air brings freezing weather from Siberia,” the Met Office said.

Meteorologist Alex Burkill told the Evening Standard that the cold snap was likely to mirror freezing winter weather seen in March 2013 – the second coldest March recorded in more than 100 years.

He said: “Britain faces what we could call a significant cold period that is likely to last for much of next week and beyond.”

“Temperatures will remain below 0C in some places dropping to minus double figures overnight.”

“It will be similar to a cold period seen in spring 2013 and is very likely to be colder as it is slightly earlier in the year meaning the sun is not as strong.”

Continued here.

  1. Bloke down the pub says:

    Should put a stop to all those claims of plants flowering early because of global warming.

  2. ivan says:

    Hopefully people will begin to ask where all the global warming has gone? If they do it could go a long way to the IPCC scam unravelling.

  3. ren says:

    A powerful high in the north.

  4. Extreme cold was always predicted to be one of the outcomes of global warming – wasn’t it? Or am I getting confused with children not knowing what snow is?

    [reply] try to keep up 😎

  5. waterside4 says:

    From Bloomberg above ‘prices for electricity natural gas coal and carbon?????? ‘
    It’s so bad now that we are burning soot.
    This global warming will be the death of us

    [reply] 😆

  6. oldbrew says:

    Maybe give Scandinavia a miss next week.

  7. Doonhamer says:

    Re carbon combustion.
    Rising energy prices will soon make diamonds a cheap fuel.

  8. oldbrew says:

    Britain braces for the coldest day in FIVE YEARS next week as freezing Russian winds bring -10C lows and the threat of snow hitting ANYWHERE in the UK

    — Met Office said air over the UK will probably be at its coldest since March 2013 when temperatures fell to -13C
    — London and the South East of England will be first impacted by snow with ‘significant’ accumulations forecast
    — Weather will turn very cold as week progresses with snow highly likely this weekend and bitterly cold winds
    — Temperatures will then drop further on Monday as ‘Beast from the East’ cold air from Siberia heads to the UK

    But Moscow will be a lot colder than anything in the UK.

  9. tom0mason says:

    Animation of the Upper air temperature (850hPa) values and movement as it comes across the continent.

  10. ren says:

    The pressure over the Gulf of Bothnia has increased to over 1,045 hPa.

  11. Mjw says:

    Five will get you ten that this is the warmist February since records began.

  12. ren says:

    The previous such a strong jump in temperature in the stratosphere occurred during the previous solar minimum in 2009.

    “A remarkable major SSW in January 2009 led to stronglydisturbed stratospheric dynamics which manifested in both accelerated polar descent and tropical upwelling. During thefollowing 2 weeks up to the end of January, this transien signal of cross-isentropic transport propagated down fromaround 1 to 100 hPa. The radiative relaxation of this anomalyin diabatic heating was relatively fast (∼10 days) in the up-per stratosphere, but took more than a month in the lowerstratosphere, which resulted in accelerated polar descent andaccelerated tropical upwelling through late March (Fig. 2).”

  13. oldbrew says:

    Met Office: Freezing conditions to last into spring
    23 February 2018

    Conditions over the weekend and into the early part of next week will become increasingly cold, possibly exceptionally cold.

    A Yellow National Severe Weather Warning for snow is in force for parts of eastern and southeast England from 4pm on Monday and through Tuesday. Snow showers are expected to develop widely, with some locations likely to see accumulations of 5 to 10 cm.

  14. oldbrew says:

  15. craigm350 says:

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    In waiting for the nutters to claim this as evidence of climate change, as they have in the US polar outbreaks, when the SSW and ours effects were forecast weeks ago.

    BTW temperatures are looking to be about 10°C+ below average, during Weds/Thurs with highs below zero widely.

    Can we have some global warming please? 😁

  16. ren says:

    The previous such a strong jump in temperature in the stratosphere occurred in 2009, in the period of the previous solar minimum.

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