UK weather: Highest air pressure recorded in six decades

Highest reading since January 1957 documented in Swansea

UK weather: The latest Met Office forecast

The highest air pressure in the UK in more than 60 years has been recorded in Wales.

A reading of 1050.5 hectoPascals (hPa) was recorded at the Mumbles, in Swansea, on Sunday evening, making it the highest UK reading since January 1957.

High pressure brought chilly and sunny weather to much of the country over the weekend, with many waking up to frost on Monday morning as temperatures plummeted.

But a spokeswoman at the Met Office said the rise in pressure “for most of us, means nothing in real terms” and most people “will not notice any difference”.

Nicola Maxey, a Met Office forecaster, added: “I don’t think, as far as most of us are concerned, it has any impact at all.”

The current highest pressure ever recorded in the UK is 1053.6 hPa, taken in Aberdeen on 31 January 1902, which the Met Office said is unlikely to be broken in the current weather spell.

Low pressure leads to unsettled weather conditions and high pressure leads to settled and fine weather conditions, according to the Met Office.

High pressure in the winter leads to cold, dry days, with light winds, and frost overnight if skies are clear.

The mercury dipped to below freezing in the south overnight into Monday, while temperatures in the north were much warmer.

It is expected to be another cold and frosty start across much of the UK on Tuesday, particularly in the south, where there could be patches of freezing fog, according to Ms Maxey.

Conditions in northwest England are cloudier, with the chance of an odd shower on higher ground.

Public Health England issued a mid-range cold weather alert from Sunday to 6pm on Tuesday, urging people to prepare for cold weather conditions and look out for those most at risk.

The forecaster said the spell of high pressure is not related to Storm Brendan, which caused travel havoc when it hit the UK early last week.

Additional reporting by Press Association.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in