The ‘Beast from the East’ that killed a devastating 49 people with its treacherous weather conditions is set to return to the UK.
A couple of weeks ago, the UK was hit by the conditions followed closely by Storm Emma which caused havoc across Europe with its relentless snow and cold conditions.
Brits were sent home early from work and told to stay at home during the worst of the storm when temperatures dropped to as low as -15°C in certain areas of the country.
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Though the recent cold snap seems to have let up, we are set to have a ‘white Easter’ and it won’t be long until snow threatens our festive plans once more.
Some forecasts predict a blast of bitter air from the Arctic sweeping through Britain during the run up to the holiday.
There is no sign of Spring in sight as high pressure builds north of the country which could allow icy, cold winds to plunge across the UK with the chance of snowfall for the third time after the second bout graced us this weekend.
BBC weather presenter Simon King jokes about a trilogy of the Beast of the East.
He wrote on Twitter:
Who likes trilogies? When you get a sudden stratospheric warming event like we saw in Jan, it often means you can get more than one/two/three bouts of colder weather. #BeastFromTheEast to be continued…?
Who likes trilogies? When you get a sudden stratospheric warming event like we saw in Jan, it often means you can get more than one/two/three bouts of colder weather. #BeastFromTheEast to be continued….? pic.twitter.com/nnt9nJmJDf
— Simon King (@SimonOKing) March 19, 2018
He received many disappointed responses, with many saying how they hoped for a more Spring-like Easter.
Forecaster Eleanor Bell, of The Weather Channel, said:
Temperatures are expected to gradually rise this week as high pressure sinks southwards.
This will bring in milder air from the west. It will be a dry start to the week before it becomes more unsettled.
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For the first Beast from the East, the Met Office issued an amber warning for the UK, and for the Easter weekend, they have said there ‘remains some uncertainty’.
The Met Office said:
There remains some uncertainty in the forecast for the Easter Weekend, but we are likely to see slow moving weather systems across the UK, with wetter weather more probable in the south, and with drier, colder conditions in the north albeit with a risk of snow at times.
British Summer Time begins on Sunday March 24, though we can’t imagine it will resemble anything like Summer.
Here’s to hoping.