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Weather in Britain: why is it suddenly cold and when is it expected to get warmer?


When temperatures reached almost 22 degrees Celsius in parts of England earlier this month, people may have thought spring had finally sprung.

But as May quickly approaches, temperatures have dropped precipitously, forcing some to don their winter coats again and others to turn the heating back on.

So what has caused the mercury to drop near freezing in some parts?

According to Sky News weather presenter Jo Wheeler, behind this lies a high-pressure area west of Great Britain.

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“High pressure west of Britain and Ireland gave hope of a few days of stable weather, even though it was forecast to be a ‘cloudy high’,” she said.

“And that’s pretty much what we saw, although the location of the high winds brought cold northerly winds – and eastern provinces can vouch for that.

“The high temperature was also weak enough to allow frontal systems (a collision of cold and warm air) to move through it, so we didn’t see completely dry weather either.

“And the wind was strong enough to cause a significant wind chill along the North Sea coast, which was quite bitter.”

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That, she says, has resulted in temperatures dropping a few degrees below the April average, but Ms Wheeler says “not by much”.

So when will temperatures rise again?

“We are now just days away from May and change is coming,” she adds.

“Low air pressure spreading from the south this weekend will bring milder conditions, but also some rain and fresher winds.”

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However, the coming days could still be relatively cold, especially overnight on Friday and possibly Saturday, when temperatures could drop to near or even below freezing in parts of northern and eastern England, the Met Office said.

And while they say temperatures will likely “rise” from Sunday, rain and cloudy weather will dominate next week, especially in the south.

The Met Office forecast for next week will see drier weather in northern parts of Britain and a chance of rain or even thunderstorms in the east for a while.

“Temperatures are likely to rise, with the potential for a warm to very warm spell in some southern and eastern parts, before conditions are likely to become drier, cooler and calmer from the west towards the end of the period,” they say. .

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