BBC Weather: Start of ‘meteorological winter’ as forecasters warn strong winds to continue

BBC Weather: Carol Kirkwood warns of ‘meteorological winter’

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Carol Kirkwood told BBC Breakfast the UK can expect to see sunny and clear skies as the week goes on but winds and potentially ice could hit parts of the country. Some areas in Scotland can expect to see patchy rain which will be wintry with some moving down the east coast. Ms Kirkwood also remarked it was the beginning of the meteorological winter as she looked at temperatures that fall below freezing in some areas.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Ms Kirkwood warned snow was on the way with ice and frost also on the cards.

She told the programme: “There’s some snow in the forecast, so first of all, it’s a mild start in the south at the moment.

“It is colder as you move progressively northwards and today it’s going to turn colder during the course of the day.

“It’s also going to be quite windy, but we will see some sunshine and showers and some of us will see some snow.

“So at the moment, we’ve got this weather front which will clear the southeast in the next few hours.

“Because showers of patchy rain are pushing behind it, cold air feeds in, some wintry showers even at low levels across the far north of Scotland.

“And wherever you are it’s going to be windy, but the winds especially strong along the west and also the east coast and coming from a northerly direction – so you will notice that.”

Ms Kirkwood then looked at the maximum temperatures across the country with the highest on the mainland only reaching 7C.

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She continued: “So as we head on through the [Wednesday] evening and overnight, the weather front will clear and then there will be lots of clear skies.

“There will be some wintry showers at all levels across the parts of Scotland.

“Bare in mind they are showers so not all of us will see them.

“And then there will be some showers coming down the east coast, as well as Northern Ireland through Wales, the West Midlands and down towards the west country.

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“Some of those will also be wintery but most of them will be on the hills.

“It’s going to be a cold and frosty night, a widespread frost and ice on untreated surfaces.

“That takes us into tomorrow, so some wintry showers mostly on high grounds in eastern areas.

“We’ll see wintry showers at all levels in Scotland if you catch a shower, but a lot of dry weather and not as windy.

“More sunshine until later when there are signs of a new weather front coming our way which will introduce some clouds and then some rain.

“But look at those temperatures, anybody would think today was the start of the meteorological winter!”

Weather forecasters look at two types of winter, meteorological and astronomical.

Astronomical winter changes over time with this year’s date falling on December 21 and 2023’s date falling a day after.

However, the metrological winter always falls on December 1 and ends on February 28, unless it is a leap year.

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