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Meridional Pattern Developing

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Been some interesting developments in the weather models in the past couple of days with some strange weather scenarios across Europe as we move into November.

Obviously the main thing to understand is that the models are never perfect and we never take any one run as gospel. But, saying that, the models are now hinting at a pattern change which could well bring some interesting weather in the near future.

The pattern developing is a meridional one. The opposite of meridional is zonal, which is the endless areas of low pressure rattling in off the Atlantic. Meridional is where the jet stream starts to meander further from North to South and allows the amplification of areas of high pressure and low pressure to become that much greater.

When this happens there is always the risk of dragging in air from much further afield. Sometimes this can be cold (if from the North or East) or warm (if from the South) at this time of year. There is no any one signal telling us what the outcome is likely to be just yet. It's a bit like getting home and seeing a brown envelope on the floor.... is it a tax bill or a tax rebate?

One thing is for sure and that is the patterns are about to shift and give us a glimpse of what we can expect for the coming season. Worth keeping a close eye on the GFS charts over the next few days.

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Calming Down

Following the gales and squally showers yesterday then many of you will be glad to hear that today is looking quieter with the winds easing. However the changeable theme will continue with another Atlantic weather system moving in from the west bringing outbreaks of rain into many northern and western regions of the UK during today.

This morning is dawning bright and chilly in many areas with some good spells of sunshine developing across central and eastern parts of England and Scotland especially. However out towards the west cloud is already thickening across Wales, western and north-western England, Northern Ireland and over western Scotland with outbreaks of rain moving in across the northwest. The rain will turn heavy and persistent over western Scotland where over 2 inches of rain may fall today, whilst rain will also affect Northern Ireland, north Wales and northwest England. Elsewhere it will be a drier story, but cloud will continue to thicken from the west so that by this afternoon the best of any sunshine will become confined to East Anglia and southeast England. Winds will be lighter than yesterday but nonetheless a fresh to strong south-westerly wind will pick up in the northwest whilst temperatures will be close to normal with maximums ranging from 9C to in the north to 13C or 14C in the southeast.

It will be a milder night for many with a lot of cloud for much of the time. Further spells of rain will affect the north and west, with some patchy light rain and drizzle breaking out elsewhere. Looking ahead to tomorrow and many places will see a lot of cloud at times with some patchy rain and drizzle, most of this towards northern and western regions with the best of any brighter spells towards eastern areas.

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