A stormy end to November
The pattern of weather that is now establishing itself, dominated by westerly winds, is common across the UK in winter.
Vigorous depressions are likely to develop in the coming days, and the strength of the wind is likely to catch the headlines.
This weekend looks particularly stormy, with widespread gales likely from North Wales northwards tomorrow - with gusts as high as 65mph as far south as the North Midlands, around 70mph across the more exposed parts of Yorkshire, and possibly approaching 80mph in Northeast of England and East Scotland later.
Looking into next week, and early December looks set to stay unsettled, and turn generally colder, with the first snow of the season possible in places, mainly over northern hills.
But almost a year to the day since the beginning of last year's extreme cold, there seems little chance that next month will see a repeat of the weather patterns that led to the coldest December since 1890 (on the Central England Temperature measure), despite numerous headlines in the tabloid press in the last few months.