Mild UK, but hot Spain and Canaries. That’s the general rule these days. Azores high pressure replaced the low pressure which brought the fierce and damaging winds to France back on Monday, spread across Italy Tue-Wed and now drifts into Greece and Turkey to end the week.
Check out this very summer-like visible satellite view from yesterday afternoon and note the absence of cloud over Iberia.
Spain enjoyed a widespread 25-30, locally 33C yesterday while it got up to 17.5C in London, 12C on the Moray Coast.
Several Spanish records for March were broken yesterday.
Further south and the hot, dusty Calima wind drove the thermometer at Tenerife South Airport to a new March record of 34.2C yesterday and it’s likely just as hot in other parts of both Tenerife and Gran Canaria this afternoon.
Better still, TODAY, Alicante sets a new March record with a blistering high of 34.8C!
UK Pattern Remains Highly Changable
After a mild end to the week, the weekend promises a cool down across the UK as the next Atlantic system rolls in with windier, wetter weather followed by showers but the noticeable aspect will be the wind shift from S to WNW.
No real change on next week’s ideas with another surge of spring into the UK ahead of the next front but the low crossing the UK this weekend replaces warm air with cool across Iberia and this cooler air holds over Spain and Portugal while the next surge of mild runs over top into the UK.
The below 850mb temperature charts are a good representation of the setup and air mass fluctuations ahead and behind Atlantic lows.
Once that front mid next week pushes through, the models still suggest ‘waves of much colder air with snow) late next week. This will be the ocean modified version of the bitter blast descending upon the Eastern US this weekend.