The Weather Review

Weather Update

As predicted the Christmas cold air system lingered over the UK into mid-January, causing issues for national grid in meeting domestic heating demand, which resulted in very high system prices. 

Low pressure brought in cold northerly winds at the start of the month, continuing to keep temperatures below seasonal, and increase heating demand for homes in lockdown.

Mid-month temperatures and wind speeds picked up, the Atlantic low pressure bringing warmer air and gales across the central UK. There was snow for some parts of the country, able to settle in places further north, though this was short lived.

A high-pressure anticyclone then developed to the northwest and more still frosty conditions returned. Overall wind levels were below average for the month, while sunlight and precipitation were at normal levels. Temperatures were colder than January 2020, although fortunately no beast from the east or extreme cold.

Looking to February we may see further snow. The start of the month should be unsettled with low pressure systems tracking in from the west. This could bring more of the white stuff to more southern areas. Colder air from the arctic circle and Russia could move in during mid-month, with high pressure expected to allow air masses to stick over England and could mean lower than average temperatures again. While this could increase heating demand forecasts for Europe and Asia are milder, so energy prices are unlikely to be as extreme as at the start of the year.