Predicting the UK weather never seems straight forward and that sums up the long range forecast for the next couple of weeks.
Met Office says there is an 80 per cent chance of a sudden stratospheric warming event taking place but no guarantee of what type of weather it will bring. Professor Adam Scaife, head of long-range forecasting at the Met Office, said:
“There is now over 80 per cent chance of a major SSW occurring. “Although the impact will become clearer nearer the time, any effect on UK weather is most likely to occur in late February and March.”
We know that it was a SSW that resulted in the Beast from the East in 2018, which saw the country grind to a halt as schools and businesses closed due to the sheer volume of snow.
WX Charts, which is part of MetDesk, is forecasting that a blanket of snow of up to 0.8cm could fall per hour during the morning of Wednesday, March 1.
Snow is also expected on Saturday, March 4, with London and the South East seeing the heaviest snowfall.
Whether a Beast from the East type snowstorm hits or not, it does look likely that we can be expecting a wintry start to March with temperatures dropping. As such we would highly recommend keeping an eye on your heating oil levels over the coming weeks and making sure you order early to avoid the risk of running out in a cold snap.