Cold snap to persist in UK through Monday
By By Kristina Pydynowski, senior meteorologist
February 15, 2016, 10:54:25 PM EST
Instead of being targeted by windstorms, the United Kingdom will have to deal with a cold snap that will last into Monday.
The stormy pattern that allowed storms Gertrude, Henry and Imogen to batter the U.K. within a 10-day period has ended. Soaking rain and gusty winds will instead be directed at France and Spain into the start of the week.
Despite not being affected by storm systems, showers, many wintry, will fall along the east coast of Britain on Monday as cold air continue to filter into the Isles.
High pressure beginning to build into the western United Kingdom will allow for many areas to have a dry start to the week after seeing scattered showers over the weekend.
As this high builds across the region, the wind will tend to lessen later in the day on Monday, but many people heading outside during the morning can expect blustery conditions with frigid AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures.
Air temperatures early on Monday will range from -5 Celsius (23 Fahrenheit) in northern England to near 0 Celsius (32 Fahrenheit) in the South. The coldest air will be felt in the Scottish Highlands with some residents waking up to temperatures near -8 Celsius (18 Fahrenheit).
Away from the major metropolitan areas of southeastern England and coastal communities of the entire U.K., widespread air frost is expected on Monday morning. Standing water along swollen rivers could freeze and turn icy. Any wintry shower in eastern Scotland and the northeastern of England could lead to slick travel.
AccuWeather Meteorologist Rob Richards said “It will feel much colder than it actually is due to the wind.” AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures will be significantly lower than air temperatures. Residents will definitely want to bundle up before heading to work or school.
“The weather will then moderate Tuesday and into Wednesday in southeastern England ahead of a cold front,” Richards said. “There will be more sun and less wind, so it will feel milder.”
Richards does not expect another named storm to accompany the front.
“The front will slowly move across the U.K. with a period of rain or scattered showers at midweek. It can turn breezy, but there will nothing significant in terms of wind," he said.
Content Contributed by Meteorologist Adam Douty
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