Electricity North West weather watch: October

Electricity North West weather watch: October

Last month was an eventful one in the North West in regards to weather. We were impacted by the first two named storms of the season, Storm Ali and Storm Bronagh.

Our engineers worked hard to restore power to more than 36,700 customers in Cumbria and north Lancashire after the region was hit by severe gales and heavy rain.

In just two days we handled 8,400 customer calls, provided 500 free hot meals and drinks and 400 employees worked tirelessly to repair the damage and restore power. Read more about our restoration efforts here and see photos showing what our engineers faced visit our Flickr channel

Let’s find out if Storm Callum will make an appearance this month in the latest update from MeteoGroup meteorologists Richard Martin-Barton and Matt Dobson.

A look back

The first five or so days of September were dominated by high pressure, which gave a lot of settled weather with light winds. However, a weak front straddling the North West region on the 3rd gave some patchy rain and showers during the morning. Further dry and settled weather continued until the night of the 5th, when an occluded front moving down from the North West brought a little rain, with showers moving into the Manchester and Liverpool region on the 6th and 7th.

A period of unsettled weather followed until the 14th, with some heavy rain at times on the 10th and 11th. Westerly winds on the 13th and 14th brought some showers to the region, some of which were heavy along a cold front on the 14th.

However, the third week of September was notable for its storminess, with the Met Office naming two storms affecting the region and one ex-hurricane. This is especially unusual for September. Storm Helene, whose roots could be traced back to an Atlantic Hurricane, brought gusty winds and some rain during the early hours of 18th, while Storm Ali gave a short spell of squally winds and heavy rain during the day on the 19th. Storm Bronagh followed hot on the heels of Ali and brought persistent, heavy rain to the region on the 20th, with gusty winds overnight into the 21st, before moving off into the North Sea.

A look ahead

The first week of October will be rather breezy, with a westerly airflow bringing quite changeable weather. Areas of low pressure are expected to pass from east to west to the north of Scotland, with several fronts moving across northern England, bringing some cloudy and wet weather around mid-week. After the chilly end to September, it should become milder at night in the first week of the month.

MeteoGroup meteorologists have been anticipating a pattern change over the UK and Europe during the first half of October, and this looks increasingly likely to occur week beginning Monday 8th. High pressure to the west of the UK and low pressure over Scandinavia has recently been feeding in a few spells of chilly air from the north. Next week, the high pressure will build over eastern Europe and Scandinavia and low pressure areas will deepen to the west of the UK. This will draw up some very mild air from the south, with the days and also the nights being mild. Some wet weather sweeping across the region at times, accompanied by brisk south-westerly winds.

Through the rest of the month, it does seem that we will see further fairly mild and unsettled weather, as high pressure remains to the east of the UK on many days, while a few more vigorous Atlantic low pressure areas edge in from the west. A slight chance of a more settled and less warm interlude, should the main low pressure track slip down into Spain and France, allowing the Scandinavian high pressure area to move in our direction.

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