Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

UK to warm up - despite latest snow

After months of wintry weather, forecasters believe a change in temperature may be about to hit Britain
After months of wintry weather, forecasters believe a change in temperature may be about to hit Britain

It is the news millions of Britons have been waiting to hear - it is about to get warmer.

As the nation shivered and wrapped up during last month's unseasonable weather, many Britons wondered if the big wintry chill would ever end.

Despite freezing temperatures on Thursday and flurries of snowfall, forecasters said next week would usher in comparatively balmy conditions of 13C (55.4F).

John Lee, of Meteogroup, said: "With the snow and sleet combined with a brisk north-easterly wind it feels especially cold, it is a repeat story of the last month or so.

"However, looking ahead there are signs it will break down next week and return to slightly milder conditions.

"At the moment temperatures are getting nearer average but certainly not warm. The average temperature is about 13C and there are signs of that next week.

"Compared to what we have had, that will feel quite nice but it will be accompanied by some rain and not particularly dry weather from Monday."

Thursday saw contrasts across the British Isles, with the warmest temperatures at Helen's Bay in Northern Ireland where it was 10C (50F), and 8C (46.4F) on the Isle of Skye.

But it was 0C (32F) in Wych Cross, Sussex, and Kenley, Surrey, and there were flurries of snow across London though it mostly failed to stick.

Last April the northern half of the UK saw up to 25cm of snow. The snowiest April on record was in 1981 when between 50cm and 60cm fell across the Forest of Dean and Gloucestershire.

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