So far, Christmas more likely to be windy than white
THERE is plenty of gloom around at the moment, so dull and dreary has the seemingly never-ending combination of rain, wind and basic greyness been for the past week.
But, in this Advent season, let’s count our blessings – like the well above seasonal average temperatures and those spectacular purple, pink and lilac skies that have been greeting early risers around our coastline, caused by rapidly rising air over the sea that puts extra salt molecules into the atmosphere and makes the light scatter to colourful effect.
Treasure them while they last, because today will see the start of a subtle shift in our weather patterns. The key change is in wind direction. The westerlies and south-westerlies that have been bringing wave after wave of rain in from the Atlantic are being replaced for the time being by a more northerly air flow, drawing down colder air from the Artic.
So you should notice a downturn in temperatures compared to yesterday pretty much everywhere, just 44F (7C) in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Newcastle, with the southernmost parts of the country doing best – Plymouth at 53F (12C).
As the working week gets under way we will have something of an east-west divide. All along the eastern seaboard, and inland areas behind it, it will be calm but cool, and there should even be decent spells of sunshine. Over the in west, though, those low pressure systems will continue to push in, with their accompanying wild and wet conditions, under grey skies, but no chill factor.
Not much sign yet though of anything to encourage us to think about a white Christmas.
Last week’s spectacular coastal sunrises are to vanish as wind directions shift