Arctic air brings “warmer” and brighter feel to Reigate

March 12, 2013 — Leave a comment

Tuesday 11 March in Reigate started with very cold wind chill temperatures down to -12°C at 5 am brought by strong NE gusts of +30mph blowing snow wildly into mini-drifts, especially on the North Downs.  Arctic air arrived from the North by mid-morning and, with slackening winds and breaking cloud, brought a much warmer and brighter end to the day with max temps of 4.4°C. The satellite photo shows the advancing Arctic air mass changing the cloud pattern as it nudges the cold NE winds to the south.
Calmer, brighter, drier HIGH pressure will remain in Reigate for a few days until a POLAR LOW from the NW brings rain and wind for the weekend. The arrival of this low from Greenland, wrapped with cold air, will not bring respite from the cool weather but temperatures will rise to 5-7C max so it will seem mild compared with our recent icy Polar experience!  More later on a potential re-arrival of Spring on 20 March!

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