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Why is it so cold and when will the weather improve? – BBC News



Image source, Northpix/Peter Jolly

Image caption, A dusting of snow at Cairngorm Mountain ski resort last week

  • Author, Steven McKenzie
  • Role, BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands Reporter

The first week of June in Scotland has been marked by chilly temperatures – and a dusting of snow on the highest mountains.

But why is it so cold, and when might it warm up?

Why is it cold?

Image caption, A sharp shower of rain and hail drifts over the Moray Firth towards Nairn on Saturday

“The reason is because we have been drawing our air all the way from Greenland down across Iceland then feeding in over Scotland,” says BBC Scotland weather presenter Judith Ralston.

“This has now been the case for the first week of June.

“The reason for this is because we have a stuck weather pattern at the moment caused by high pressure in the Atlantic and low pressure over Scandinavia which has resulted in a consistent feed of air coming in from the cold north or north-west.”

Judith adds: “This has resulted in coverings of snow across the mountains of Scotland, which in itself is not unusual for June, but to see seven consecutive days of snow falling over the highest peaks is very unusual.”

How cold has it been?

Image source, Ann Dalgaty

Image caption, Ann Dalgaty took this picture of snow-dusted hills from Bonawe in Argyll

Overnight temperatures in towns and cities at times last week dropped to between 3C and 6C.

The Mountain Weather Information Service forecast warned of a wind chill of -10C.

Scottish weather forecaster Kirsty McCabe says there could be a touch of overnight frost in sheltered spots this week.

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Saturday’s weather had a bigger impact on Scottish Hill Runners’ Two Mamores race in the Highlands.

Bad weather forced organisers to remove the route’s two mountain summit sections. Participants were also encouraged to take with them a long-sleeved extra layer of clothing.

The chilly June weather has also meant some people sticking on the heating at home, at a time it would typically be off until at least September.

When will it get warmer?

Image source, olly79/BBC Weather Watchers

Image caption, A cool and blustery day at Portmahomack in a picture by BBC Weather Watcher olly79

Is this ever going to end?.

Well, there’s some better news in the forecast – eventually.

Forecaster Judith Ralston explains: “More of the same to come over the next few days, the change takes place later this week as the winds becoming more southerly, finally cutting of that cold air during Thursday.”

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