Island Pulse Weather News Update: The Met Office has issued a yellow alert including the Isle of Wight for ice at the weekend, valid from 6pm on Sat 12th Jan 2013 to to 10am on Sun 13th Jan 2013.
It says: ‘Outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow will gradually clear southwards on Saturday afternoon and evening. Temperatures will then fall rapidly, leading to a risk of icy surfaces.
We have had a very mild start to 2013 but Met Office forecasters are predicting that it will turn colder over the next few days.
Paul Gundersen, Met Office Chief Forecaster, said: “All parts of the UK will see cold weather setting in over the weekend. We can expect sleet and snow showers to affect eastern areas at times, but with a battle developing between the cold air in the east and mild air pushing in from the west, no one should be surprised to see sleet or snow over the weekend and next week.”
Whilst temperatures are set to be much lower than the last week or so, there is a lot of uncertainty about how long the cold weather will stay with us and exactly which areas of the UK will see snow.
The reason for the cold weather is that an area of high pressure develops over Scandinavia, allowing cold air from the Baltic and western Russia to move towards the UK. At the same time milder air and Atlantic weather systems are trying to push in from the west, leaving the UK as the battle ground where they meet.
Dan Williams, a spokesman for the Met Office, said all parts of the UK could be affected by snow from Saturday because of a change in the upper atmosphere known as a Sudden Stratospheric Warming. Read more on this click here:
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Throughout the winter, the Met Office works with the Department of Health and NHS to help keep people well at times of severe weather. Specially produced health forecasts, such as Healthy Outlook for COPD patients, give professionals and patients the opportunity to take action to help keep them well during cold weather.
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