BBC Weather: Brits told to ‘dig out winter coat’ as temperatures plunge to single figures

BBC Weather: Temperatures forecast to plunge across the UK

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BBC Weather’s Sarah Keith Lucas told Brits to dig out their winter clothing as temperatures are set to drop to 4C in Aberdeen and 0C on the border. She said: “We’ve got a bit of a change in the weather coming through the course of the weekend. Quite a lot of mild and fine weather today but much colder.

“Yesterday in Aberdeen we saw temperatures of 17C, well above average for this time of year but as we head through this week there will be a significant drop.

“By Friday we’re looking at temperatures of only 4C, a 13C drop in temperature. Definitely, time to be digging out the winter coat.

“Through this evening and overnight, the cloud in the south fizzles out and we’ve got the clear skies working in.

“It is going to be a colder night than we’ve seen recently.

“Quite a widespread frost in the north with temperatures around 5C.

“Then we’ve got a northerly wind importing showers, they could be quite heavy and thundery across Scotland.”

It comes as a “whirlwind” relative, a “quick-as-lightning” goalkeeper, and a daughter who “leaves a trail of destruction” are among friends, family members, and pets to feature in a new list of storm names.

More than 10,000 suggestions were submitted to the Met Office for the list of names for the strongest weather systems to hit the UK, Ireland, and the Netherlands over the coming year.

UK Weather: Met Office forecast temperatures to drop

The first storm of the year, which runs from September 2021 to the end of August 2022, will be called Arwen, a name thought to be of Welsh origin and popularised by JRR Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings books.

Kim, Logan, Ruby, and Dudley are among the names put forward by the UK public and selected by the Met Office, along with Met Eireann and Dutch national weather forecasting service the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI).

A Met Office spokesman said Kim was nominated in recognition of a “whirlwind” relative and a self-confessed weather watcher, while Logan, a name of Scottish origin, was nominated by several parents and grandparents, including a mention of a grandson who “runs through the house like a tornado” and another who is “as quick as lightning” when playing as a goalkeeper.

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Ruby made the final cut after being nominated by a pet owner whose cat “comes in and acts like a storm” and a parent whose daughter “leaves a trail of destruction” when she enters the house.

Dudley fought off competition from seven other names beginning with D to top a poll on Twitter after being submitted by a couple who will share the last name of Dudley when they get married in 2022.

Other names on the list – which does not use names beginning with Q, U, X, Y, or Z – include Barra, Corrie, Eunice, Franklin, Gladys, Herman, Imani, Jack, Meabh, Nasim, Olwen, Pol, Sean, Tineke, Vergil, and Willemien.

The naming of storms – which is now in its seventh year in the UK, Ireland, and the Netherlands – aims to raise awareness of the potential impact of severe weather events and help people to stay safe and protect themselves and their property before the storm arrives.

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