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Nottingham Post
Ryan Merrifield & Lana Adkin

Warning Polar vortex could trigger another 'Beast from the East'

Reports suggest Britain could have a major freeze this month over fears a Polar vortex may trigger another 'Beast from the East'. Meteorologists are keeping an eye on the vortex spinning over the North Pole as they believe it could spark a Sudden Stratospheric Warming event, also known as an SSW.

The Mirror reports a similar weather event five years ago drove the UK into deep snow and was hit with blizzards. British Weather Services’ Jim Dale said a big freeze was "not something that I will rule out".

Jim said: "At the moment I am favouring a more mobile weather pattern from the Atlantic. Instead of a big snow event we may be more likely to see a named storm during the start of 2023.

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"However that does not mean it is not going to happen. If it does it will be more likely to affect northern parts of the country.’’

On Sunday morning, Met Office meteorologist Dan Stroud said of the national bank holiday weather: "We're expecting temperatures to drop quite quickly, quite widely - actually below zero - with some rural spots getting down to minus 7C, minus 8C tonight in the Highlands."

"So we're expecting temperatures to get low enough for a few icy stretches to develop by around midnight across parts of Northern Ireland and northern England. The big thing tonight, most people will notice across England and Wales, is it will feel colder than it has done the last few nights. We're looking at temperatures into mid-single figures with a rural frost possible in parts of Wales, for example.

"There's the risk of some icy stretches around, so definitely anyone out early tomorrow morning just needs to take some care. We're expecting a lot of wet weather as we move into the working week.

"The best day of the week is probably going to be Bank Holiday Monday, with a lot of dry and generally fine weather across the country, a bit of a cloud in the mix, with cloud and rain moving in early Tuesday morning.

"And then our focus gets to a spell of wet weather (on) Tuesday into Wednesday and that could produce quite a bit of rain across some western locations."

For Monday, January 2, weather experts say Nottinghamshire will be mainly dry with lots of sunshine, but feeling chilly. Whilst Tuesday (January 3) will see rain with the maximum temperature being 12C.

It's expected to be windy with sunshine and showers on Wednesday (January 4), with Thursday set to be most likely cloudy, breezy with patchy rain but becoming wet and windy overnight.

Towards the end of the week across the UK there will be patches of mist and fog in parts of the North. Whilst in the South it’s expected to see cloud and rain. For the rest of the weekend across the UK, unsettled weather conditions are expected to continue for many, with the wettest and windiest conditions most likely in the west and northwest. As well as strong winds possible across the UK.


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