Strong winds will continue as a bitter Arctic airflow brings frosty mornings to the UK

Strong winds will continue as a bitter Arctic airflow brings frosty mornings to the UK
The current high winds across the UK are expected to continue for much of this week (Photo: Shutterstock)

Strong winds are currently hitting parts of the UK, accompanied by a considerable drop in temperatures.

Some might be hoping it will all blow over soon, but the windy weather looks set to continue, and an arctic chill is expected to hit by the end of the week, possibly bringing frost with it this weekend.

Today’s forecast

Today (Tue 23 Oct) will continue to be windy and, according to the Met Office, “Many places will have a dry day with bright or sunny spells. Skies will be cloudier in north and west Scotland with outbreaks of rain and drizzle. Windy in the north with gales in the northeast at times, breezy elsewhere.”

Rain and drizzle will also continue in parts of Scotland during this evening, but it will be largely dry elsewhere with patchy cloud. Some drizzle is possible over hills in northern England. Winds will then gradually ease as the evening progresses.

Looking ahead

Wednesday will be mostly dry, with sunny spells in some areas. It is set to be cloudy in north and west Scotland and Northern Ireland with some patchy drizzle, experiencing lighter winds than Tuesday, but still breezy in the north.

Rain and drizzle will also continue in parts of Scotland during this evening, but it will be largely dry elsewhere with patchy cloud (Photo: Shutterstock)
Rain and drizzle will also continue in parts of Scotland during this evening, but it will be largely dry elsewhere with patchy cloud (Photo: Shutterstock)

However, according to the Met Office, “Thursday is set to be largely cloudy with rain moving into the northwest. It will then turn bright, windy and much colder on Friday and Saturday with heavy blustery showers. Snow is also likely over northern hills.”

Met Office forecaster, Matthew Box, said: “It is going to turn cold towards the end of the week with a change to a northerly Arctic airflow expected as we head into Friday.

“We are also expecting some strong northerly winds on Friday, and on Saturday morning much of the UK could get frosts.”

Long-term forecast

According to the Met Office, it will be noticeably colder next weekend, with frosty and perhaps icy starts.

“A cold northerly wind is expected, which may be touching gale force in parts of the north and northeast.

“There will be sunshine and showers during the daytime, which could bring a mixture of sleet and snow to the tops of the hills and mountains in the north, but perhaps to lower levels at times in parts of Scotland.

“Into the following week, the forecast becomes more uncertain, but it may be drier and more settled to begin the week, before a return of wet and windy weather. It looks to be staying generally on the cold side, with further overnight frost.”