Met Office’s verdict on claims cyclone to hit UK with days of torrential rain

With Spring just days away now, Brits will be buoyed by the news that warmer temperatures are on the horizon too.

Parts of the country ground to a halt last week as several inches of snow fell in what has been a characteristically cold March.

However, according to the Met Office, the Arctic blast that brought with it those freezing conditions will soon be well and truly behind us thanks to a "quick change" in conditions.

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In its long-range forecast for the end of March and early April the national weather service says the cold is to initially be replaced by a series of other weather events.

It's outlook for March 21 to March 30 states: "Initial cloud and rain clearing northeastwards on Tuesday, likely followed by sunny spells interspersed with showers, these perhaps heavy at times especially in the north.

"Further cloud and rain may then spread from the west later. Locally strong winds possible, with a low risk of coastal gales. The rest of the period will likely be characterised by continued unsettled weather, with cyclonic conditions expected to dominate initially, bringing rain and showers, these heavy at times.

"The west seeing the most precipitation and the east staying comparatively drier. Windy at times, with a continued risk of coastal gales."

Dr Mark McCarthy from the Met Office's National Climate Information Centre, meanwhile, moved quickly to remind Brits that snow in March isn't unusual, adding that it's more likely now than in December.

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He explained: "If we look back at the start of March in 2021, the maximum temperatures for the UK were very similar to the values we’ve seen at the start of March 2023.

"With sudden stratospheric warming taking place in February, the very same weather event which brought in the Beast from the East 2018, many will be forgiven for thinking a repeat performance was due to occur this month."

He continued: "For the first three days of March 2018 there were more than 100 weather observation stations recording at least 2cm of lying snow.

"Just over 50 of these stations had 10cm or more for those first three days. In some locations this snow persisted until March 18 when there was another widespread snow event.

"March 2013 was another snowy month, however this time the snow events were more clustered towards the end of the month."


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