Brace yourselves for a cooler week
Temperatures are set to plunge by as much as 10 degrees in less than a week, meteorologists have predicted.
Northern winds are set to bring a chill to the United Kingdom, which has so far seen mild autumn temperatures. The mercury is set to drop by a few degrees every day to 8 or 9C (46.4F) on Friday.
Alexi Boothman, a forecaster with Meteogroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: “Clearly, it is a gradual decrease in temperatures from the beginning of the week and it is quite a marked fall in the space of a week with the air mass being turned around.”
Low pressure systems tracking over the UK will maintain the unsettled theme. And it is western areas that are likely to see the heaviest rain, with an attendant flood risk. On the whole there should be limited frost, forecasters say, and there is a signal for higher pressure near the south east which would mean drier and sunnier spells here.
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The situation is looking rather mixed as we go into November. Wet and windy spells will be punctuated by periods of drier and more settled conditions.
The soggy aftermath of Britain’s record-breaking wet summer could increase the risk of winter floods. Months of monsoon-like weather has left the ground unusually waterlogged for the time of year.
Under the present conditions, a spell of heavy rain might be enough to cause further deluges like those which swamped many homes and businesses this summer.
Despite the winter drought, November to April is traditionally the wettest time of year, when soils around most of the country are close to saturation.
Sarah Jackson, chief adviser to the Government at the Met Office, said: “We are coming into a period which is traditionally the wetter period. Because the ground is so wet, if we do have any prolonged heavy rainfall in any part of the country, there is going to be heightened risk.
“We would encourage people to keep an eye on the Met Office severe weather warnings, to sign up for the Environment Agency’s flood warning service, and to make themselves aware of what to do.”
Paul Mustow, head of flood incidence management at the Environment Agency, said the winter risk of flooding was “relatively heightened” but he did not expect to see “extreme flood events”.