Wind Clodagh To Strike UK
By Paul Homewood
This is the sort of article that the Met Office were getting squeamish about earlier.
The Star reports (but please avert your eyes from the rugby!):
Clodagh is expected to linger for TWO WEEKS, with Atlantic systems bringing gales and snow until December 9 or even later.
Charities are warning that temperatures over Christmas and New Year could plummet to -14C, which could see as many as 50,000 Brits killed by cold weather.
Scottish mountains could be coated in half a metre of snow at the weekend, while gusts will buffet Black Friday shoppers tomorrow as the frenzy to grab bargains gets into full glow.
Colder air will start flooding south on Saturday, the Met Office says.
Winds will reach 50mph in the west on Friday, 60mph from tomorrow, 65mph in the south on Saturday and up to 100mph in Scotland on Sunday.
Snow of between 30 and 50cm will fall in the Scottish Highlands, while a Met Office forecaster said snow was "likely on northern hills".
MeteoGroup forecaster Laura Caldwell said: "With indications of stormy weather, keep an eye out for Clodagh, the next named storm."
The Met Office said: "Storm Clodagh will become the third storm named by the Met Office when a storm is next forecast to have an impact on the UK.
"From Friday, it will be very windy, with gales possible, especially on Sunday.
"Monday looks like hill snow in the North and a windy day, with a risk of gales.
"From Tuesday to December 9, a succession of Atlantic weather systems are likely to spread across the UK.
"Northern areas are likely to bear the brunt, with the strongest winds, heaviest rain as well as sleet or hill snow.
"Temperatures will feel colder due to the strength of the wind."
The Met Office’s forecast to the end of January said El Nino means a greater risk of New Year freezes due to the bitter easterlies that helped cause December 2010’s -21.3C Big Freeze and January 2013’s -13.6C chill.
Energy Bill Revolution director Ed Matthew said: "This winter’s toll could be far worse, thousands higher than 43,900 deaths in last years mild winter, due to freezing weather forecast this winter."
The Met Office 5-day outlook is rather more muted:
Expect a wet and windy weekend, but, as the Met Office told us in their blog, nothing unusual for this time of year.
Time to take the dog for a walk, I think!