Spring might be just around the corner but it won’t feel at all springlike this week as the aptly named “Beast from the East” weather front arrives on Monday. A huge area of high pressure is in control of the weather for the whole of Northern Europe at the moment which has brought about this period of mainly very settled weather.
The centre of the high pressure currently sits over Northern Sweden and, as it makes its way towards the Atlantic, it is drawing in another area of high pressure from Siberia. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday look like being extremely cold as this Siberian weather front is well and truly in charge. As the worst of the cold passes by on Wednesday, we should get some snow on Wednesday into Thursday, when anything up to 25cm may fall. Monday and Tuesday will see daytime “highs” of around -12ºC, feeling like -18ºC with the windchill factor added in.
The North Atlantic Jetstream currently sits over Scandinavia and is sweeping down over Central Europe towards the Iberian Peninsula before tracking easterly across the Southern Mediterranean. The “void” behind it to the north-east is allowing this Siberian weather to move in.