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▼ David ,226mts ,57 01°N 2 05 °W from AB33

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Changeable End To The Week

Low pressure is sitting slap bang over the UK today and will bring an unsettled and breezy end to the working week in many areas as it only slowly pulls away to the east. The weekend sees the changeable theme continuing although temperatures will start to recover somewhat as the winds back more westerly in direction.

To start off this morning it is a rather cloudy and windy affair for many areas with outbreaks of rain and snow affecting parts of southern Scotland, northern England and northern parts of Wales, the snow bringing some issues in places, especially over higher ground. It's a drier and brighter start elsewhere, but there are scattered showers affecting northern and western regions and as we go through today those showers will tend to become more widespread for a time before easing back to windward coasts during this evening. As always with showers, some areas will see some heavy ones with a risk of hail and thunder, but others will get away with a mostly dry day - southern parts of England most favoured for this today. Temperatures will again be on the cool side of normal with maximums of 9°C to 13°C at best, but remaining colder over some northern regions and it will be feeling cold in the brisk winds.

The showers will quickly die back to northern and western coasts tonight with many places then seeing a dry night with clear spells developing. This means that it will be another cold night with temperatures dropping down to or just below freezing in places meaning a frost and some icy surfaces are likely. Looking ahead to tomorrow and although some scattered showers will break out again, especially in the north, many places will see a drier and brighter day with temperatures a touch higher as a result.

FORECASTER: BARBER

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Early May Day Bank Holiday

 Added : Yesterday at 15:45

The May Day Bank Holiday weekend is almost upon us and following the current cold spell of weather where most parts of the country have seen frost, snow and hail then expectations for a fine and warm Bank Holiday are understandably pretty low....and rightly so. However for some areas the Bank Holiday weekend won't actually end up too bad.

There are going to be some changes in the next few days with temperatures slowly beginning to recover to something nearer normal, but for the majority the unsettled theme is here to stay although it doesn't mean a Bank Holiday washout. Saturday is actually looking the best day of the weekend for many as a weak ridge of high pressure builds in so although there will still be a few scattered showers around, especially in the north, there will be plenty of dry and bright weather around with some sunny spells.

However by Sunday an Atlantic frontal system will be pushing in from the west bringing outbreaks of rain and freshening winds with it, the heaviest and most persistent of the rain towards the north and west, but south-eastern parts of England may well escape with another mainly dry day although it will be turning increasingly cloudy from the west with rain arriving by the evening. Into Bank Holiday Monday and a deep low looks set to be sitting close to the north of Scotland bringing a windy day with another band of rain moving in from the west, although again the southeast may stay dry for much of the day.

If you're off out on your travels this weekend don't forget our Route Planner which not only tells you where to go but the weather you can expect too!

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Cauliflowers and Lapse Rates

 Added : Wednesday at 9:25

Bit of a techie, nerdy article this one but we know you love our nerdy articles like us whispering sweet nothings into your ear.

More showers around today and once again they will be heavy with the risk of thunder. But, how do we know showers will develop and what intensity? The thing we take a close look at in the morning are the wet lapse rates. Lapse rates are really important to us knowing how "unstable" the atmosphere is. OK, let's imagine we have a balloon of air at 5°:c which you are holding in your hand. If the air around it is 3°:c then the balloon is warmer than its surroundings and will therefore rise. Easy eh?

The balloon will continue to rise all the time it is warmer than its surroundings as it's less dense. But as you go up through the atmosphere the air will naturally cool at a rate of around 5.5°:c for every kilometer you go up (you'll see this when you drive up a hill or mountain and look at the car dashboard temperature).

If our balloon continues to rise and cools with the air then eventually it will reach the same temperature as the air around it and then won't rise anymore.

Today however, we have what we call "steep lapse rates". This is where the air above your head gets much colder than the normal 5.5°:c per kilometer. Today, the air at 5km up is around -40°:c which is a lapse rate of around 10°:c, so that means if we released our balloon then while it would cool at 5.5°:c per kilometer the air will cool at 10°:c per kilometer meaning that our balloon will always be warmer and therefore continue to rise.

So, when you see a cauliflower head on the top of a cloud today then all it is is a parcel of air which is rising faster than its lapse rate and condensing. The sharper the definition of the cauliflower head usually the steeper the lapse rate.

Oh, and the other thing. If the temperature is below -20°:c at the top of the cloud then lightning is possible, which is it today across Central and Eastern areas which is why thunderstorms too are possible.

Here endeth the lesson.

FORECASTER : MARSH

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