Temperatures will be at the lowest for several years this week as the beast from the east grips the UK, so here is everything you need to know about it impacting Merseyside.
What is the BFTE ?
The beast from the east is the phrase used to describe cold and wintry conditions arriving over the UK from an Easterly direction.
The change in the jet streams position has allowed colder winds from Russia to hit the UK, resulting in a drop in temperatures.
— Met Office (@metoffice) February 22, 2018
How cold will it get ?
The weather will get very cold on Merseyside as the mercury will struggle to climb above 0C through the week.
By Wednesday temperatures wont climb above 0C during the day and there could be nightly lows of just -4C, with the weather feeling closer to -7C at times.
As temperatures will be at the lowest for several years, Public Health England has warned that vulnerable people could be affected by the freezing weather.
Whilst it is cold today, even colder air is going to move in from the Eurasian Arctic this week causing temperatures to drop further pic.twitter.com/F61gjBRsEP
— Met Office (@metoffice) 25 February 2018
Will it snow ?
Just about anywhere in the UK could see snow, including Merseyside, so the Met Office have placed the region on a yellow weather warning for snow during Wednesday.
Snow is hard to predict sometimes but the greatest chances of snow are pointing to around Wednesday afternoon.
There could be even more snow as we head into next week as an area of low pressure bumps into the cold air, this will lead to a significant amount of snow across parts the UK with places seeing blizzard like conditions.
Interesting weather forecast from BBC for next week. Temperatures will be freezing but an area of low pressure could bump into the cold air dumping a significant amount of snow on the UK #beastfromtheeast pic.twitter.com/lU76ryC31y
— Wirral Weather (@Wirral_Weather) 23 February 2018
How long will it last ?
Amazingly forecasters expect that colder than usual weather could last until mid-march, with further risks of snow and ICE though the month.
As we approach the middle of March it may turn more unsettled and less cold with milder and wetter weather spreading up from the south or southwest meaning an end to the harsh temperatures.
Bitterly cold air all the way from Siberia will continue to push across the UK next week bringing some potentially significant #snow in places. Warnings from the Met Office in place https://t.co/T2DVTpBQYo Alina pic.twitter.com/fGwWBcrt6g
— BBC Weather (@bbcweather) February 24, 2018
What do the Met Office say ?
The Met Office say that ‘snow showers are likely to be more frequent, widespread and heavier as we head through the week, with significant snow accumulations for some. Even colder too with significant wind chill’.
Friday could see heavier and disruptive snow developing across southern and some central areas, combined with strong to gale force easterly winds, leading to blizzard conditions. However, there is a lot of uncertainty with this.
Showers will bring a large variation in amounts of snow across even small areas with some places seeing very little snow.
— Met Office (@metoffice) 24 February 2018
A forecaster commented on the recently issued weather weather warnings: “There is the potential for 10-15 cm of snow in places where showers become more frequent whilst nearby locations may see much less frequent showers and only small accumulations of 1-3 cm in places.
“Strong winds will lead to drifting of snow, and lightning could be an additional hazard, particularly near North Sea, Irish Sea and English Channel coasts.
“By the end of Wednesday, more than 20 cm may have accumulated in places in some eastern counties of England, Scotland and Norther Ireland from a culmination of Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday’s snow showers”.
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