Met Office dismisses claims blizzards and brutal winds set for November
The UK’s premier weather service has dismissed reports the Westcountry could be set for its “worst winter in decades”, saying it is too early to predict.
It was reported on the weekend that brutal winds and blizzards could engulf the entire country in coming months with record-breaking snowfall predicted for November.
However, the long-range predictions have been dismissed by the Met Office, who say it is impossible to say with any certainty what will happen this winter.
“The science simply does not exist to make detailed, long-term forecasts for temperature and snowfall even for the end of November, let alone for the winter period, which does not officially start until December 1,” said a spokesman.
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“While we have seen a return to more normal, cooler temperatures for this time of year, this is no indication of what we can expect over the next four months with regards to temperatures and when we might see snow. It is far too early to tell.
“Ultimately, we’re heading into winter and it is perfectly possible that we will see the whole range of weather that we get in winter at some point over the coming months, including snow and freezing temperatures, but also heavy rain, windy weather and mild conditions too.”
The longest-range forecast put out by the meteorological agency, for 30 days, predicts that temperatures will be near average, with milder nights, and a less than usual chance of frost.
The prediction comes after weeks of poor weather which brought the region’s record-breaking summer to a dismal end.
Huge swathes of the Westcountry were put on flood alert at the beginning of the month as almost two-thirds of a month’s rain fell in less than a week.
The Met Office predicts weather for the South West will reach highs of around 14C over the next few days with rain and fog patches dipping to a noticeably colder 5C at night.