BBC Weather: Strong gusts of wind to hit as temperatures drop
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BBC Weather’s Sarah Keith-Lucas warned rain clouds will blanket the UK as harsh conditions push in from the Atlantic. She said: “Cloud is increasing today and over the next few days, a bit more unsettled too and things turning briefly colder at the end of this week.
“We’ve got a lot of cloud waiting in the Atlantic and that’s pushing from west to east through the day.
“But the best of any blue sky and sunshine will be the east of England.
“Further west under that thicker cloud we will see a few spots of light patchy rain, particularly around coasts and hills.
“Wind gusts will become more of a feature, could touch 60 mph towards the western isles where the rain will become heavier today.
“The temperature for most of us is around 9C to 12C but we could see 14C in the warmer spots.”
Looking ahead, she added: “It’s all change on Thursday night into Friday because a weather front will sweep its way eastwards and that’s going to draw in some much colder air.
“We’re going to be seeing some sunshine but quite windy conditions that will bring in some showers which will be falling as sleet and snow over the higher ground in the northwest.
“Temperatures only around 7C to 11C on Friday, a bit of a reminder of winter before we head into British Summertime this weekend.”
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It comes as large parts of Europe could experience warmer than normal temperatures from April to June, the Weather Company said in an outlook on Monday.
The Weather Company, owned by IBM Corp, provides weather forecasts aimed at the commodities and energy markets.
It said forecasts suggest April could be warmer than normal across Northwestern Europe and cooler than normal in Southern Europe.
Looking forward to the summer months, recent climate trends and models suggest cool, wet and windy conditions across northern and western Europe and hot and dry conditions in southern-eastern Europe.
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However, soil moisture looks plentiful heading into spring and although it is early, this could limit hot weather this summer.
Seventeen of the past 23 summers have had a negative North Atlantic Oscillation which resulted in wet, cool summers in Britain and Western Europe and hotter, drier conditions in Southeastern Europe, the Weather Company said.
Notable exceptions to this were in 2018 and 2018, it added.
The Weather Company said it will provide another update on summer forecasts on April 15.
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