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Winter's on its way after warm start to the week.

Byline: Simon Meechan Reporter bylinetwitter

NORTHUMBERLAND was the mildest place in England on Monday but winter is coming to the North East.

A temperature of 15.1C was recorded in Chillingham Barns in Chatton, Northumberland on Monday. That is 5-6C above the average maximum temperature at this time of year, according to ITV weatherman Ross Hutchinson.

The Met Office and Ross say it's all down to where the weather comes from.

Recently, we have been enjoying the warm benefits of wind travelling towards Britain from the south west, bringing warm and wet "tropical maritime air mass" with it.

But why was Northumberland so warm? ITV weather man Ross Hutchinson puts this down to the 'Foehn effect' The Met Office describes the Foehn effect as: "When air passes over mountains, the valleys on the downwind side (or 'lee' side) commonly experience strong and gusty downslope winds accompanied by abrupt warming and drying. These are known as Foehn winds, and their warming and drying effect - the Foehn effect - can be striking and farreaching."

As Ross says: "Thanks to being to the east of the Pennines with a westerly flow we benefitted from this weather quirk."

However, we haven't got very long before the temperature starts to fall.

The wind is set to switch direction and come from the colder north west instead of the south east.

This, the Met Office says, means we can expect maximum temperatures in the low double digits today, possibly dropping into single figures in the North East towards the weekend.

Ross added: "Wind directions are already starting to change. Colder air will move in from the north over the next 24/48 hours.

"In fact, by the end of the week temperatures will be below average and it will feel far more like winter. So enjoy it while it lasts."

By Friday, The Met Office says we can expect temperatures to drop as low as freezing in the North East.

Winds of around 10mph are pre-dicted around the region until Monday.

There will possibly be some light snow in the Durham and Northumbrian hills, but in general the Met Office only anticipates drifts in Scotland.

Severe gales and heavy rain threaten exposed regions over the next few days, the Met Office says.

Showers will turn wintry in parts of northern England by Friday.

The Met Office said: "The general picture is that it will turn colder by the end of the week, it will also be windy with the risk of localised gales and even severe gales in exposed regions. A band of rain moves across the country on Wednesday and showers could be heavy and squally.

"In northern areas the showers could be heavy and there is the risk of thunder with showers turning wintry over high ground in Scotland. "Thursday is looking unsettled with the risk of hail and thunder and showers falling as snow over high ground in the north.

"Hail and thunderstorms will be the dominant theme for the rest of the week with the potential for snow over high ground."


Albert Park, Middlesbrough, was pleasantly autumnal yesterday

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Nov 16, 2016
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