#Reigate: if you haven’t got an umbrella, get one!

May 12, 2013 — Leave a comment

Last week our total rainfall in Reigate was 14mm, some models are predicting 40mm+ this week! Much of this will fall in heavy frontal rain mid-week and in thundery showers Weds/Thurs thereafter.  The jetstream is developing a meridional flow at the moment, which means it is meandering wildly and developing slow moving weather systems which sit around for long periods; the more usual zonal flow is when the jetstream flows west to east and drags weather systems briskly across the UK and keeps weather moving. Meridional flow gives rise to interesting weather: LOW pressure with heavy showers is the basic scenario this week: great for growing awesome cumulus clouds!

LOW pressure sits right over the UK all this week bringing sunshine and showers but with an added twist mid-week when a deepening short-wave trough is predicted to cross southern regions bringing potentially heavy frontal rain across the whole of the south, including Reigate. Thereafter, on Wednesday heavy thundery showers with hail could develop as winds slacken off.  Watch out for tall cumulonimbus clouds and rainbows! Any showers could build into single cell thunderstorms which will be slow moving in the slack winds and persistent and cause localised flooding. Around Reigate these showers will probably be quite isolated and some places will miss them completely but if you get caught in one you’ll know it! Temperatures remain uninspiring at 15C, although climbing slightly through the week. The end of the week remains very uncertain but could develop more heavy rain for us in the SE as the cut-off LOW over Europe feeds a miserably cool NE wind our way.
As always, this is early days and the end of the week looks especially variable and interesting!
Please check @RGSweather for updates!

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