Finally a taste of Spring

  • A taste of Spring in London. Photo Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images.

    Wintry showers on Wednesday 27th April. Image Credit: MeteoGroup

    High temperatures at 13:00(GMT) on Thursday 5th May. Image Credit: MeteoGroup.

  • Finally a taste of Spring
    05.05.2016 14:20

    Spring appears to have finally arrived this week with temperatures expected to reach 20-21C this afternoon which would make it the warmest day of the year so far. Although seeing temperatures reaching 20C in early May is far from unusual, it’s a welcome relief from the particularly cold weather much of us experienced last week.  A prolonged northerly flow led to unseasonably cold conditions at the end of April with hail, sleet and snow falling across much of the UK. Even London saw showers that were wintry in nature with graupel (also known as ‘soft hail’) falling from passing showers.

    Not only was it chilly during the day, but also at night when temperatures dropped below freezing quite widely with many people still needing to scrape the frost off their cars before work each morning . Even on the morning of the 1st May temperatures had fallen to -3C in Santon Downham in Norfolk. Thankfully, the risk of frost has now passed and overnight temperatures will be returning to around or above the seasonal average over the next few days. 

    Now the warmer weather has arrived the big question is how long will it last and is Spring finally here to stay? As winds will be mainly east to south-easterly in direction, then temperatures are expected to continue to climb over the coming days, reaching up to 25C in the south-east of England by Sunday and Monday.  Unfortunately, not everywhere is going to see wall to wall sunshine accompanying these climbing temperatures. Many western areas could see a few showers over the weekend, some potentially heavy with the risk of thunder.

    However, eastern areas are likely to remain mainly dry and fine, eastern parts of Scotland and north-east England may see a lot of low cloud. This is due to the east to south-easterly wind flow pulling moist air in off the North Sea, which is still relatively cold from the winter, causing low cloud and fog to form. This scenario unfortunately can be quite common along parts of the North Sea coasts at this time of year. So much so that it is given specific names, for example in eastern Scotland, the fog is referred to as haar, while fog in north-east England is known as fret.

    Later next week temperatures will moderate slightly, but staying above average for this time of year. Low pressure to the south of the UK may try and push northwards bringing some showery rain into southern areas at times next week. However, northern parts of the UK look to stay drier and more settled with the best of the sunshine potentially in the west away from the cloudy east coast. 

    By: Claire Austin