Britain Braces for ‘Disruptive’ Snow and Freezing Temperatures Next Week –
Britain is preparing for a significant drop in temperatures and the possibility of ‘disruptive’ snowfall in the upcoming week, particularly in London, where it is expected to feel as cold as -5°C.
While coastal areas in the north are likely to be most affected, London could experience substantial snowfall in the middle to latter parts of the week.
Previous Snowfall and Health Warning:
Last Monday, regions from County Durham to Kent and Cumbria to London witnessed snow as temperatures plummeted to -7°C (19°F).
A cold weather health warning has been issued across England, effective from yesterday until Thursday next week, cautioning individuals over 65 and those with health conditions about the potential risks associated with the extreme weather.
Uncertainty Regarding Snowfall Locations:
The Met Office indicates a potential for ‘substantial snow,’ although the exact locations remain uncertain. The initial snow risk appears to favor coastal areas in the north, including North Sea and Irish Sea coasts.
However, the forecast emphasizes ongoing uncertainty regarding where the milder air from the southwest will intersect with the cold air over the UK, leading to possible disruptive snow.
Met Office’s Insight:
Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist David Hayter elucidated the weather dynamics, stating that the collision of milder air and cold air masses is a critical factor in predicting substantial snowfall.
The models currently present various scenarios, and further details are expected to be refined in the coming days.
Health Advisory and Preparedness:
Dr. Agostinho Sousa, Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), emphasized the health risks associated with plummeting temperatures, particularly for individuals over 65 and those with pre-existing health conditions.
Urging preparedness, he advised checking on friends, family, and neighbors to ensure they are ready for the cold weather.
Road Safety and Travel Preparedness:
RAC Breakdown spokesperson Simon Williams emphasized the importance of travel preparedness, especially with an increasing risk of snow and ice.
He recommended drivers carry essential items in their vehicles, including a warm coat, sturdy footwear, gloves, a blanket, and a power bank for phones, to navigate potential breakdowns or emergencies in freezing conditions.
As Britain gears up for a challenging weather week, both health and travel precautions are urged to mitigate the impact of the impending cold snap and possible disruptive snowfall.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn