Scotland/UK: Chilly Weekend of Wind, Rain, Snow Replaces Summer Sun and Heat

Written by on June 5, 2020 in Rest of Europe, United Kingdom & Ireland with 0 Comments

After yet another warm, wet winter, it’s been nothing short of a stunning spring for the UK (sunniest, driest on record) thanks to high pressure dominance. This flip can be at least partially attributed to a shift in MJO.

While UK temps peaked at 28.3C at the beginning of the week in Cromdale, Speyside, we’ve a dramatically different end to the week compared to where it started as a deepening low slides into Northern Scotland from the North Sea today bringing cold northerly gales and a spell of heavy rain.

Winds are expected to peak at 60 mph on exposed coasts and likely over 100 mph over exposed ridges of the Cairngorms. As well as heavy rain, we may see a fresh covering of snow over the highest mountains too as colder air digs down from the north.

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Credit: BBC Weather

Credit: BBC Weather

Snow? For the tops of the Cairngorms it’s possible.

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

The weekend shall see a continuation of cool, showery weather as our flow remains northerly thanks to a temporary negative North Atlantic Oscillation and twin ridges either side of the UK trough….

500 mb height anomaly for the next 5 days.

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Precip anomaly

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Following 7 days sees the return of northerly HP and a drier pattern, especially for the north. Chance of more unsettled weather for south.

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

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