Reigate half term weather: a breath of spring then winter bites back?

February 13, 2013 — Leave a comment

The weather during half term looks drier and more settled for Reigate but temperatures could still bite back with COLD returning from mid-week onwards.  A HIGH pressure ridge is forecast to build near to the south of the country this weekend and then develop over Europe to the east where it should more or less block Atlantic westerlies which bring our usual wet weather.  The air flow over Reigate will be more from the south early in the week and then swing south easterly and even easterly from mid-week.  Milder temperatures are due to arrive in the coming days and reach 8 or 9ºC during the day, which might even feel spring-like early next week!  Temperatures will drop quite sharply at night and low enough for frost on any clear nights.  However, the position of the HIGH becomes important from mid-week onwards and here the models vary a lot: one model moves it north, with a LOW forming over Europe; if this happens then be prepared for much colder weather later in the week, possibly even snow showers for the east coast (see post below and map ECMWF) as cold easterlies make a return.

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