Temperatures plunge as 'beast from the east' takes hold of country


24 February, 2018

The Met Office said: "From late Monday afternoon, snow showers may become aligned into bands pushing into parts of southeast England". The lowest mean minimum temperature for the entire month at the airport was just above freezing.

Europe will experience a "Beast from the East" weather pattern next week as cold air is pulled from Siberia into the region and may cause snow over several days in the United Kingdom.

Met √Čireann said it is expecting much colder weather to set in from Sunday night while forecasters in the United Kingdom and elewhere say the cold snap next week will be caused by what is known as a "sudden stratospheric warming" in the polar vortex.

These will also be accompanied by bitterly cold temperatures, and a significant wind chill.

The weather will get colder as we head out of February.

Friday is set to be chilly with plenty of winter sunshine, turning colder by the weekend as the easterly winds strengthen.

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The national forecaster warned of potential disruptions to power lines, roads, railroads and even cuts to mobile phone services.

The Met Office Chief Forecaster's assessment adds: "There is a lot of uncertainty in the extent and timing of snow during Tuesday".

Looking ahead to next week, it will most likely still be mainly dry on Monday with some sunny spells and perhaps the odd light snow flurry in eastern areas. Those with ski vacations may find it hard to impossible to reach their destinations due to the sheer amount of snow, with skiing made more challenging due to frigid air temperatures and strong winds.

"There is the potential for locally five to 10cm of snow across eastern parts however where showers become more organised there may be more widespread snow cover".

For the rest of the week, temperatures will remain cold but will rise above freezing for the rest of the week.

Very cold, with brisk winds and overnight frosts. This could fall as snow or sleet.

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