STV meteorologist Sean Batty has predicted a cold and wintry spell of weather for Scotland next week, with the possibility of snow in some parts.
A cold northerly air flow
Batty said that after an unsettled week with wind and rain, the computer models are hinting at a high pressure system extending into the Arctic, which would allow a cold northerly air flow to develop across the UK. This could bring a spell of snow to the north of the country, followed by clear skies and very cold nights.
He said that he was confident that something was brewing by way of the first proper cold and wintry spell of weather this season, as the models were starting to show a trend. However, he also cautioned that meteorology is not an exact science, and sometimes models can change due to unforeseen factors.
Snowy prediction for Christmas season
Batty said that he was sure he was not the only one who liked the idea of something a bit more wintry as the Christmas decorating and card writing season draws closer. He said that he had decided to let his viewers know his thoughts as it could bring the first snow of the season to some parts of the country.
He said that he did not normally stick his neck on the line, but he felt pretty confident about his snowy prediction for next week. He also said that he would provide more updates as the situation develops.
How to prepare for the cold weather
As the temperatures start to dip, it is important to take some precautions to stay safe and warm in the cold weather. Here are some tips to follow:
- Dress in layers and wear warm clothing, especially gloves, hats, scarves and boots.
- Keep your home heated to at least 18°C (64°F) and check on elderly or vulnerable neighbours and relatives.
- Avoid driving in icy or snowy conditions, and if you have to, make sure your car is well maintained and has winter tyres, antifreeze and a snow shovel.
- Stock up on food and essentials, and keep a torch, a radio and spare batteries in case of a power cut.
- If you go outside, be careful of slippery surfaces and watch out for signs of hypothermia, such as shivering, confusion, drowsiness and slurred speech.
What is the outlook for the rest of the month?
According to the Met Office, the weather for the rest of November is likely to remain unsettled, with spells of rain and strong winds at times, especially in the north and west. There is also a chance of some drier and brighter interludes, especially in the south and east.
The Met Office said that temperatures are expected to be near or below average for the time of year, with an increased risk of frost and fog overnight. It also said that there is a possibility of some snowfall over higher ground in the north, and perhaps to lower levels at times.