Weather maps have pinpointed when the new ‘Beast from the East’ could hit, with Brits bracing for more snow and a chill as low as -7C. There’s talk of the dreaded ‘Beast from the East’ making a comeback later this month.
Some parts of the country are due milder weather this weekend. Expect lots of rain and maybe floods. But it’ll still feel freezing in places, especially up north because of Arctic winds, while the south gets warmer winds.
After this brief warm spell, it’s going to get cold again next week. And chilly winds from Scandinavia might bring back the ‘beast from the east’. Weather charts from WXCharts predict temperatures could drop to -7C up north and below zero in many places starting February 21. They also show up to 20 centimetres of snow could fall in the north and Midlands including Birmingham as snow clouds come from the east.
Met Office forecaster Annie Shuttleworth says looking ahead: “We are then expected the high to build across eastern areas of the UK, there is some uncertainty in the details for next week but the general details are for a large area of high pressure to develop to the east of the UK and a large area of low pressure to develop to the west of the UK.
“Where exactly that high and low in relevance to the UK is, is a little bit uncertain and unfortunately as the UK is a lot smaller in comparison to that high and low pressure it will mean that there is a big differences to the weather depending on where it sits.”
The ‘Beast from the East’ is a term we use when the UK gets really cold and snowy because of winds coming from the east. This happens when there’s high pressure over Scandinavia and we get a polar continental air mass. This means cold air comes in from the Eurasian landmass, bringing us the chilly and snowy conditions that make us call it the ‘beast from the east’.
The most famous ‘Beast from the East’ was in February 2018 when a storm brought really cold temperatures and lots of snow to many parts of the UK. Since then, there have been a few times when people thought a new Beast from the East was coming, but none of them have been as bad as the one in 2018.
Ms Shuttleworth added: “There is a third scenario that could win out which would be if the high pressure were to sit further west across the country. Now this scenario was looking more likely a little earlier in the week for the bulk of the week but it is looking less likely at least until the back end of next week and so probably not until next weekend could we see a situation like this arising.
“This could bring, this high pressure sat more centrally across the UK would bring an easterly wind direction to the UK which at this time of the year is a very cold direction so that could bring a greater chance of colder weather and probably some wintry showers across eastern areas but at the moment this scenario for the bulk of next week is looking less likely.”
The early freeze may soon melt away due to returning milder air as we head into the weekend, with Scotland being the only exception with its current cold phase likely to continue for another day.