Christmas and New Year 2013 weather outlook

Stormy weather looks set to continue throughout December, with further spells of heavy rain and gale force winds.


The depression which is bringing today’s rain is deepening explosively, with a central pressure of around 930mb expected on Christmas Eve to the west of Scotland.


This won’t be a record, which was set way back in January 1884, but it’s still an exceptionally deep area of low pressure.  


We will feel its force in our region on Christmas Eve, with widespread south-westerly gales.


Peak gusts will be in the range 60-70mph across more exposed parts of Yorkshire, but this is some way below the peak winds we experienced earlier in the month when 87mph was recorded at High Bradfield in South Yorkshire.


The good news is that both Christmas Day and Boxing Day will see a significant improvement in weather conditions.


For many it will be dry with sunny spells – and although a few showers are possible some of which may be wintry – most of our region will have a green Christmas with temperatures just a little below the average for late December with some frost and ice first thing in the morning.


The quieter interlude won’t last long though with another deep area of low pressure bringing further heavy rain and gales on Thursday night into Friday.


With another spell of wet and stormy weather forecast early next week, attention is likely to turn towards the Environment Agency and the risk of possible flooding with Pennine catchments becoming increasingly saturated.


On a happier note may I take this opportunity to wish all readers of my blog both here in the UK and overseas a very happy christmas and prosperous new year!


And if you want to hear the weather show christmas special which I recorded on Friday from Lapland in the Arctic circle, here's a link.





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