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Icy winds set to hit the UK to send feels like temperatures plunging

Posted on: January 31, 2018

The departing Storm Georgina battered parts of Britain with ferocious winds and pelting rain. And now, in its wake, comes a cold plunge with temperatures dropping to minus four degrees. And with winds likely to remain strong, when combined with the prevailing sub-zero air, it will mean it will feel a lot colder. 

Forecasting the feels like temperature
Nowadays, many forecasts and weather apps will give you a feels like temperature as well as the real air temperature to help you work out what it will feel like to be outside and help you to decide what to wear.

Factoring in the wind and humidity 
A feels like temperature takes into account wind speeds and humidity to assess how the human body actually feels temperature.  So, in winter, a strong wind can feel much colder than the measured temperature would indicate. Conversely, on a humid day in summer, it can feel uncomfortably warmer than the air temperature would suggest. 

Calculating the feels like temperature

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Five things to know about snow

Posted on: January 17, 2018

With a yellow warning about the snow that’s forecast to fall this week in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North of England we thought it would be interesting to share with you five facts about snow you might not have known.

It doesn't have to be freezing to snow
Generally, the air temperature does need to be at, or below, freezing for snow to fall. If rain falls persistently through air with a temperature of up to 6°C for a long period, it can cause the air temperature to fall low enough for the rain to turn to snow. 

Every snowflake is unique
Part of the enduring appeal of snowflakes is their intricate appearance and huge variation. The number of possible combinations of temperature and humidity as the snowflake falls to the ground is limitless and means each one is unique. If you look closely at a snowflake you will see countless individual features, all having formed differently in direction or shape.

Snow isn't white
While snowflakes appear white as

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