BBC Weather: Carol Kirkwood warns sleet and SNOW to hit UK as temperatures plummet

BBC Weather: Carol Kirkwood warns sleet and SNOW to hit UK as temperatures plummet

Giving the forecast on Breakfast on Wednesday morning, said temperatures are set to plummet by almost 15C this weekend after the mercury hit 29.6C on Tuesday. The BBC Weather forecaster was shocked to report sleet and snow will hit parts of Scotland on Friday prompting her to ask “can you believe that?”. She said: “Temperatures today down from yesterday. The top temperature yesterday was down at Southampton at 29.6C but today it’s going to be more like 18C and 17C.

“As we head into the evening and overnight rain will continue into the south-east corner, with some heavy bursts in it.

“Behind it, some clear skies and also a few bit of cloud around and we’re also looking still at some showers.

“It will be breezy, a cooler night than the one just gone.

“For tomorrow, we say goodbye to the rain in the south-east and then it’s a mixture of cloud, some sunny skies and showers.

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“But still, pretty breezy. And then on Friday, the wind starts to pick up especially so across northern Scotland and Northern Ireland, it’s a cold northerly.

“For the rest of the UK, a mixture once again of a fair bit of cloud and also some showers around.

“It’s worth mentioning too that on Friday night and into Saturday morning what we are looking at is the risk of some sleet and snow above 700 metres in the hills of northern Scotland.

“Can you believe that? Only last Friday we had the highest temperature of the year so far!”

May was the sunniest calendar month on record, the Met Office has announced. The weather forecaster also said it had been the driest May on record in England and the sunniest Spring on record for all UK nations.

The Met Office said “626 house of bright sunshine were recorded” in Spring 2020.

The previous record of 555 hours was set more than 70 years ago, in 1948.

The figure for England is even higher, as Spring 2020 recorded 696 hours of sunshine, exceeding the previous record set of 594.3 hours.

It has also been the eighth warmest spring on record for the UK, with both England and Wales having their fifth warmest spring on record.

Head of the Met Office’s National Climate Information Centre, Dr Mark McCarthy, said: “The most remarkable aspect is just how much some of the May and Spring records for these climate statistics have been exceeded.

“Exceeding the UK sunshine record is one thing, but exceeding by over 70 hours is truly exceptional.

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“The sunshine figures for spring would even be extremely unusual for summer and only three summers would beat Spring 2020 for sunshine hours.

“The principal reason for the dry and sunny weather is the extended period of high pressure which has been centred over or close to the UK.

“This has suppressed the development of clouds and rainfall over the UK, while allowing plenty of sunshine to reach the surface.

“There has been a band of similar weather conditions extending across central parts of Europe, whereas Iberia and parts of Scandinavia have experienced rather wetter conditions.”

However, a shift in the weather is now approaching, with cold winds from the north heading toward the nation.

In its outlook for Wednesday to Friday, the Met Office said: “Thundery showers likely in the south on Wednesday whilst drier, cooler conditions extend south across northern and central areas.

“Thursday and Friday will be showery and markedly cooler than recently.”

Published at Wed, 03 Jun 2020 07:05:00 +0000