Burns night forecast

  • Haggis. Photo: Danny Lawson/Pa Archive/ Press association,images

    A windy day. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe /Pa Archive/ Press association,images

    Map of the approaching low pressure

  • Burns night forecast
    25.01.2014 15:47

    Tonight; Showery rain with a risk of hail will clear the south-east. There will then be clear spells in many parts but with wintry showers in western areas. The showers will be most frequent and heaviest in Scotland, falling as snow on high ground. Winds will freshen during the night as a low pressure system in the Atlantic tracks east towards Scotland. Cloud will thicken as rain pushes in from the west with the arrival of the low.

    A stormy day tomorrow will follow as the low stalls over north-western Scotland.

    London and SE England will have a windy day with outbreaks of rain, these often heavy and prolonged, turning drier towards the evening. Wales, Northern Ireland and the rest of England will also have heavy rain, with snow falling over the Pennines; however this will give way to sunny intervals and blustery showers through the afternoon. It will be stormy and wet in Scotland with persistent heavy rain, sleet and mountain snow, along with gale force winds.

    Not a night to be caught outside, even if it’s Burns night!

    Robbie Burns was a Scottish poet who lived in the late eighteenth century. After his death his friends celebrated his life on his birthday, the 25th of January. This tradition has been carried on through the ages and is now a national celebration.

    Some hae meat and canna eat,
    And some wad eat that want it;
    But we hae meat, and we can eat,
    And sae let the Lord be thank it


    The Celebration is marked by a feast which has several courses. However the main highlight is the eating of the famous Haggis which will all washed down with the water of life – Whisky. 

    The Haggis, a savoury pudding containing the heart, lung and liver of a sheep which are minced with onion, oatmeal and spices and served in a sheep’s stomach, is bought to the table and presented by the chef. This is then followed by the address to the Haggis. During the recite of the Burns poem the Haggis is cut open.

    Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
    Great chieftain o' the puddin-race!
    Aboon them a' ye tak your place,
    Painch, tripe, or thairm:
    Weel are ye wordy o' a grace
    As lang's my arm.


    This will not be the first time a storm has hit the UK on this date, the most noteworthy in recent years was in 1990. The storm started in the mid-Atlantic as a low pressure system. The low pressure tracked east towards the UK, reaching Scotland on the 25th. In many parts of the UK winds rose above 70mph and gusted above 100mph. The central pressure was likely below 950 mbar. The high winds caused large amounts of damage and killed over 40 people in the UK. The high death rate was put down to the fact the storm hit during the day time. The last time a storm caused so many deaths was in 1953.

    By: John Griffiths