Tem­per­a­tures re­treat as win­ter chills blow in

The Sunday Telegraph - - Weather - By Peter Stanford

It is hard to de­cide what is the ap­pro­pri­ate weather – if such a thing ex­ists – for Re­mem­brance Sun­day. Cold and damp would re­call the hor­rific con­di­tions in the trenches dur­ing the First World War, but po­ten­tially de­ter some from com­ing out. Cold, bright and crisp wakes us up and makes it harder to avert our gaze from the chill­ing enor­mity of what we are re­mem­ber­ing.

And those will be the con­di­tions this morn­ing in most parts of the coun­try, in­clud­ing at The Ceno­taph in White­hall. The cold air from the far north that started stream­ing down the spine of the coun­try yes­ter­day is now dom­i­nant, pin­ning back tem­per­a­tures every­where, with just 48F (9C) in Lon­don and Cardiff, 44F (7C) on the ex­posed East Anglian coast, 43F (6C) in New­cas­tle and Aberdeen. Even in the shel­tered south west, Ply­mouth will see no more than 50F (10C). The sun will be out, and the only show­ers will be iso­lated, but that chill in the breeze will negate any ben­e­fits.

As the work­ing week gets un­der way, those win­try con­di­tions re­main, though high pres­sure from the south will start nudg­ing in across south­ern Eng­land and Wales briefly on Tues­day, push­ing up the mer­cury, be­fore be­ing knocked away again by the ar­rival of At­lantic lows. And so the week ahead is set to be a suc­ces­sion of rain and gloom, though the change to west­erly winds will at least see a gen­tle in­crease in tem­per­a­tures to highs of 53F (12C).

The later part of the week re­mains un­cer­tain, with more tur­bu­lent low pres­sure sys­tems and milder, more set­tled highs in com­pe­ti­tion. Their ef­fects, now eas­ier to record with the open­ing of an au­to­matic weather sta­tion 4,411ft up on Ben Ne­vis.

Re­mem­brance Sun­day will be cold, bright and crisp across most of the coun­try

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