So far, Christ­mas more likely to be windy than white

The Sunday Telegraph - - Weather - By Peter Stan­ford

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

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