Warn­ing over cold snap as month draws to a close

South Wales Echo - - News -

WALES looks set for plung­ing tem­per­a­tures by the end of the month.

There have been lots of re­ports in re­cent weeks about the UK be­ing blasted by an­other Beast from the East after sud­den strato­spheric warm­ing in the Arc­tic over Christ­mas.

The Met Of­fice is now say­ing tem­per­a­tures are ex­pected to plunge as we move to­wards the end of Jan­uary, but fore­cast­ers still can­not say if the coun­try will be hit by a white­out.

Tem­per­a­tures are ex­pected to drop and con­di­tions to be­come more “win­try” by the end of Jan­uary.

Cardiff-born weather pre­sen­ter Liam Dut­ton said long-range models were “hint­ing” there was “greater po­ten­tial for no­tably cold weather” for the last week of Jan­uary and first week of Fe­bru­ary.

He also warned there were “big un­cer­tain­ties” about the de­tail of how cold it will be and if there will be snow.

Welsh weather fore­caster Derek Brock­way said: “It looks like ther­mals will come in handy later in the month into Fe­bru­ary.

“Sig­nif­i­cant cold spell most likely end of Jan early Feb with threat of snow but uncer­tainty in how long it will last and how cold it will get.”

A Met Of­fice spokesman said: “Next week there will be colder spells and there could be a lit­tle bit of win­tri­ness in the north, but noth­ing too ex­cep­tional for this time of year.

“As we head to­wards the later part of Jan­uary it will turn colder but there’s still a lot of uncer­tainty in that fore­cast about where any snow will fall. The week be­gin­ning Mon­day, Jan­uary 21, there is a stronger sig­nal of it get­ting colder, that would in­crease the risk of snow.”

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