If you are disappointed that this Christmas was not white, do not be annoyed as 10 centimeters of snow may fall in mid-January after a possible record high temperature for New Year’s Eve.
Parts of the UK have had a blanket of snow this year with stormy weather in early December, but it has generally been an seasonally hot month with temperatures in their mid-teens this week.
But winter is not over yet as there is another Arctic explosion that will hit in January, bringing freezing temperatures and snow.
Maps from WXCharts show that heavy snow is expected on January 12 by up to 10 inches for the north of England including Newcastle and the north east, while five inches may land in Scotland.
The charts show three inches for Manchester, while Wales and the Midlands can expect light coverage.
Similar snowfall is expected in the following days in mid-January, while temperatures will begin to fall at the beginning of the month with mercury close to zero for England and as low as -5C in the Scottish Highlands.
Before that, Britain could see the mildest New Year’s Eve ever, with sunshine in some areas, reports the Mirror.
Meteorologist Rachel Ayers from the Meteorological Office said there was a ‘good chance’ that New Year’s Eve will be the mildest ever.
“In the south of the UK, the weather should be dry tomorrow so people should be able to enjoy dry weather with some light periods around,” she said.
“For New Year’s Day, another rainstorm is coming in from the west, so the further east you are, the drier your day will be with some clear periods.”
On New Year’s Eve, Britain can expect to see early rain over central, eastern and southern England, which will head east to leave a brighter and drier day.
It is expected to be ‘unusually mild’ with temperatures up to 14-15C, and a possible high of 16C, Ms Ayers said.
On New Year’s Eve, rainboats will continue to spread to the northeast, affecting mainly Northern Ireland, Scotland and northern England.
It may have been mild, but it has also been bleak as the UK has seen less than 27 hours of sunshine over the last 30 days – 38 per cent less than the national average for this time of year, according to the Met Office.
The figure places this month in the run-up to becoming one of the 10 saddest December ever ever, Met Office forecasting chief Craig Snell said.
Mrs Ayers said: “It has been quite mild and cloudy through December and one reason for this is that we have drawn southwesterly winds from the Atlantic Ocean, which has caused a lot of moisture which produces a lot of clouds, hence the dull and milder. weather.
But climate change may also play a role, and Mr Snell added: “The globe is warming, so we expect our winters to be milder than they were.”
North West England weather forecast for the next 5 days
Remains generally cloudy with a few clear periods under development. Rain is rapidly shifting to the east around midnight. The wind decreases through the evening, although it picks up again in the early hours. Remains mild. Minimum temperature 9C.
A dry start to New Year’s Day, but clouds gather quickly from the west with eruptions of rain pushing east, and subsequent sunshine. Maximum temperature 13C.
Prospects for Sunday to Tuesday:
Continued windy with additional showers on Sunday and public holidays on Monday. A band of rain is likely to pull south on Tuesday, introducing colder conditions and showers becoming wintry over hills later.