The Met Office forecast for today predicts heavy rain in Northern Ireland, Scotland and parts of the north this morning that will brighten up later. For the rest of England and Wales it will be “rather cloudy” in the west with drizzle, and some bright spells in the east. But with chilling predictions of a resurgence of the Beast from the East in a few months time, cold weather may begin to start in the UK next week. The mercury could even drop to 1C in some parts of Scotland on Tuesday.
According to a weather map from WXCHARTS, parts of Scotland are registering potential temperatures between 1 and 3C on the morning of Tuesday, September 17.
At the same time, the map predicts UK highs of 8C at (6am UTC) in parts of East Anglia.
However, Met Office weather maps for Tuesday morning are suggesting slightly higher temperatures, with lows of 7C in Scotland.
As it stands for the next few weeks, the Met Office current long-range forecast for Monday, September 16, to Wednesday, September 25 suggests the north will be hardest hit with rain and wind over the coming weeks.
The Met Office said: “The middle of September is likely to be widely settled and dry with light winds and plenty of sunshine, especially in the south of the UK.
“There will be a greater chance for windier conditions, some rain and a few showers in the north, particularly for northern Scotland.
“Temperatures are expected to be near average by day, although warm in the southeast at first, and cool by night with air frosts likely in prone locations.
“Away from the north, which may remain more changeable, the settled conditions are likely to extend through the period with temperatures remaining near normal for the time of year, with warm days offset by chilly nights and a chance for some patchy fog during the early morning.”
Today’s Met Office weather forecast predicts: “Some heavy rain in Northern Ireland, Scotland and parts of northern England this morning, but brightening up later.
“Elsewhere across England and Wales rather cloudy in the west with drizzle on hills, but some bright spells in the east.”
Will the Beast from the East return?
While temperatures may be bearable for the coming weeks, forecasters predict we could be set to face one of the coldest winters in decades from January next year.
Mark Saunders, a professor of climate prediction at University College London, told The Sunday Times freezing spells are expected to last for weeks through January to February 2020.
The team predict freezing lows of -15C could be recorded in some places.
Professor Saunders said: “This would rank the 2020 January-February central England temperature as the coldest winter since 2013.
“It would also rank January-February 2020 as the seventh coldest winter in the past 30 years.”
The forecast from the team at UCL is one of the longest long-range forecasts ever attempted.
Forecasters predict The Midlands could be one of the areas worst-hit by the arctic jet.
Last year the Beast from the East covered the UK in a blanket of snow, with temperatures recorded as low as -14C.
The extreme weather conditions last year claimed the lives of 17 people.