Britain will enjoy balmy 54F highs for another week as jet stream keeps European chills out

The UK can enjoy a relatively mild and dry climate before temperatures begin to plunge to a chillier 5-8C and snow hits parts of Scotland.

While countries such as Greece will see freezing temperatures of -23C (-9F) this week, the UK will enjoy highs of 12C (53.6F) with a band of cloud travelling southwards.  

However an arctic air could turn rain into snow for northern and central parts of the country later this month following a sudden stratospheric warming event.

While weather conditions are expected to remain stable over the next fortnight, the sudden stratospheric warming event in the Arctic, that occurred around Christmas, could lead to a surge of cold air and cooler temperatures for the continent.

On their Twitter page the Met Office said temperatures may fluctuate over the next few days before it gets colder next week 

On their Twitter page the Met Office said temperatures may fluctuate over the next few days before it gets colder next week 

On their Twitter page the Met Office said temperatures may fluctuate over the next few days before it gets colder next week 

The country can enjoy a relatively mild and dry climate before temperatures begin to plunge to a chillier 5-8C and snow hits parts of Scotland

The country can enjoy a relatively mild and dry climate before temperatures begin to plunge to a chillier 5-8C and snow hits parts of Scotland

The country can enjoy a relatively mild and dry climate before temperatures begin to plunge to a chillier 5-8C and snow hits parts of Scotland

The outlook for Sunday is set to be mostly dry, mild and windy with a chance of showers and longer spells of rain breaking out in northern parts of Scotland.  

However there will be sunny spells and scattered showers in the southern parts of the country.    

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Coming into Monday and Tuesday temperatures will remain mild and the climate dry, with a few spots of light rain or drizzle possible.

However by Wednesday temperatures are expected to take a dip, with lows of around 5-8C expected to arrive across most parts of the country by Friday. 

As we approach February the country can also expect temperatures to continue along a downward trend. 

In Schierke, Germany, Harz employees were pictured trying to recover a train amid snow and freezing temperatures

In Schierke, Germany, Harz employees were pictured trying to recover a train amid snow and freezing temperatures

In Schierke, Germany, Harz employees were pictured trying to recover a train amid snow and freezing temperatures

Sudden Stratospheric Warming could see the Beast from the East return

Severe conditions that hit Britain in early 2018 were called a ‘cocktail of weather events’ by the Met Office.

The cold spell dubbed the ‘the Beast from the East’ – which also coincided with the arrival of Storm Emma – was caused by a jump in temperatures high over the Arctic, known as ‘sudden stratospheric warming’.

 

The phenomenon, which in Britain usually leads to cold periods, begins 30 miles into the atmosphere in the high altitude jet stream, which usually flows from west to east, bringing relatively warm and wet air from the Atlantic into the UK. 

A disturbance hits the jetstream, pushing its waves down towards the Arctic and reversing the stream from east to west. As the air is compressed over this region, it begins to warm. 

This leads to high pressure over the North Atlantic, blocking the usual flow of mild air that flows into Britain from the west. 

Instead, colder air from the east is sucked over the British Isles, resulting in colder temperatures. 

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