Strong Atlantic jet contains line of lows with sights on the UK through the next 10 days

Written by on August 11, 2017 in Rest of Europe, Summer 2017, United Kingdom & Ireland with 0 Comments

As we head into the weekend we catch a break from the wet and windy but I’m afraid it’s once again temporary. Temporary because our rather strong zonal jet stream contains a line of lows queuing up over the Atlantic with the UK in their sights.

The current North Atlantic SSTA profile and sharp warm-cool-warm may be aiding in a stronger, zonal jet and unseasonably deep lows for the time of year.

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

GFS shows the hits every 48 hours or so through the next week to 10 days.

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

At this time of year, to get a pattern shift, you almost want to see the tropics liven up as interaction between low and mid latitudes can recast the atmosphere and bringing a break in the unsettled weather over Western Europe. I expect the tropical Atlantic to waken as we go through August, here’s hoping we don’t have an August like this.

The good news is, in between the lows we have pleasant, usable weather.


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