Weather: 16 degree warmth fades as wind and rain set to lash Britain
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Following the rain, thunderstorms and gusty winds which rolled through this weekend, Monday is set to offer Londoners a milder and dryer day. Yellow warnings are already in place for wind and snow in northern Scotland for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Bus, ferry, and train services may be affected, and commuters have been warned driving conditions will be particularly affected on higher routes.
AccuWeather meteorologist Renee Duff told Express.co.uk: “Later in the week, a storm will sweep through the United Kingdom and bring the next chance for widespread rainfall and travel disruptions to much of the region.
“This storm is also likely to pack gusty winds, so there may be concern for localized power cuts and tree damage, depending on how strong the storm becomes.
“No Arctic air is likely to follow with this storm, however, as temperatures will remain right around seasonable levels for early January.”
Before the storm batters the UK, many should expect a dry start on Monday, however, parts of southwestern England and Wales may experience light showers, Ms Duff predicted.
She said: “London can expect dry weather on Monday with unseasonable warmth continuing with a projected high of around 11C.
“Showery spells may continue in parts of southwestern England and Wales, as well as farther north toward Manchester, but most commuters Monday morning will not have to face any wet roads or additional slowdowns due to the weather.”
While many will be looking forward to the milder conditions on New Year’s Day Bank Holiday, cooler weather will be brought in and even allow temperatures to dip to 2C in some areas.
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Ms Duff continued: “Cooler air will move into the region for the rest of the week.
“High temperatures are expected to be around 5-8 C for central and southern England and 2-4 C in northern England, so quite a bit of a difference from the past week!
“These cooler conditions will help to trigger frequent snow showers across the Scottish Highlands, with slippery travel expected in the high terrain areas Tuesday and Tuesday night.”
The warnings follow unexpectedly mild weather over the weekend as revelers rang in the New Year.
Forecasters said the conditions were due to warm subtropical air flowing up from the Azores, west of Portugal.
Temperatures have been reaching 16C at a time when they are normally almost 10C lower.
Things are expected to change from Tuesday, with highs of no more than 7C expected in London and the South East.
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