Issued: Sunday 20th October 2013
Duty forecasters: Simon Keeling & Captain Bob
There are strong indications from various forecast models that December is going to a month dominated by westerly winds.
This means that conditions are likely to be rather mild overall, although this does not preclude the possibility of cooler weather making an appearance from time to time, especially later in the month.
It is likely to be a wetter than normal December, especially in Ireland, northern England and Scotland, with conditions to the far south being drier at times.
Snow events may effect Scotland on a few days, mostly confined to high ground behind clearing cold fronts.
Agreement between long range forecast models at the present time that January turns into a significantly colder month.
Lower pressure is expected over the south of the country with a block of high pressure building to the north. Should this pattern become established winds will be turning to the east or northeast for many bringing chilly conditions and periods of rain, sleet and snow.
Drier generally in northern and western Scotland as well as western Ireland although feeling cold.
Captain Bob & Simon Keeling
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