Londoners to enjoy last day of warm sunshine before ‘Arctic dome’ hits

Londoners can look forward to enjoying the last of the warm sunshine today before forecasters say temperatures will plunge as a 2,000-mile wide ‘Arctic dome’ strikes the country.

London may see highs of about 15C in some areas today before the last dregs of winter arrives, reports the MirrorOnline.

In stark contrast from the ferocious winds of recent days there will be light breezes felt in some areas and much calmer conditions than were felt earlier this month.

But the pleasant climate is expected to radically shift from Wednesday (March 17) as some forecasters warn of a surge of bitingly cold weather in some places.

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A 2,000 mile-wide ‘Arctic dome’ of cold air is forecast to blow in from Scandinavia from Wednesday, bringing bitingly cold temperatures until Easter.

The south of the country is expected to bear the brunt of the cold weather at first, with -5C nights and 6-11C days feeling as cold as 3C in wind chill.

Check the forecast where you are.

By Friday the Met Office is warning of snow in the south east.

The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said earlier: “It will feel more like winter than spring, with polar air expected in coming weeks.

“Snow could settle, particularly in the South-East from Friday, with -5C lows in the South in the second half of the week.”

A London bus drives through Stoke Newington, Hackney, as snow falls in London
(Image: Ian Hinchliffe/PA Wire)

A Met Office forecaster said: “Temperatures will potentially turn much colder than average in the South from Thursday, where showers could be wintry.

“Temperatures are also expected to be at or slightly-below average later in March and at the turn of the month.”

One flood warning, meaning immediate action is required, remains in place – for the River Burn in Norfolk.

Meanwhile, 20 less severe flood alerts are in effect elsewhere across England.

UK Five-Day Forecast

Today:

Low cloud and outbreaks of rain and drizzle moving southeastwards, though many southern parts staying dry. Sunnier skies following from the northwest. Mild for many, and feeling warm in the sunshine.

Tonight:

Cloud clearing from southeast England then clear skies for most. Breezy in the east, but light winds in the west where a frost is likely, along with some fog patches.

Wednesday:

Most parts dry with sunny spells; sunniest in the west where it will feel warm. Cloudier in the east, perhaps with a few coastal showers.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

Although many areas will remain dry with variable cloud cover, there will in drizzle affecting north and western areas and light showers of rain affecting the southeast at times.

My London – Local News