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High pressure has brought some fine weather to the West Country but how long will it last?

Since last weekend we've had some long-awaited dry, settled and cold weather to enjoy, all thanks to high pressure. It was a significant weather pattern too, with the pressure rising to over 1050 mb, the highest across the UK since the 1950s.

That's quite geeky I'll admit, but at the peak of the high pressure on Monday morning the boiling point of water rose to 101 °C giving you a better brew and a tastier cuppa at least!

It's also brought largely cloudless skies and very frosty nights, some fog, and some spectacular sunsets and sunrises, reminding us that it is still very much winter out there...

A frosty start around the lakes in Abbotsham Credit: Simon James
The last of the light as the sun sets across Dartmoor
A foggy morning across the Bristol skyline Credit: Ross Hobson

The reason for the gorgeous early and late colourful skies is partly due to the low sun angle scattering most of the light as it shines through the atmosphere. It's also partly because the intense high pressure has trapped little dust particles which also interact with the light to give us plenty of reds and oranges in the sky.

Setting sun and the range of colours at Gunwalloe beach Credit: Lisa Brown

As we head through the rest of this week the area of high pressure will gradually slip away from the West Country allowing cloudier skies to work their way in from the north. It'll stay dry at least and temperatures won't be quite as low, giving us less frost and fog as we wake up.

This few days of dry weather is probably the longest we've seen since around mid-September last year, so it has been well received. The thing is it does look as though we'll see a change to something less settled as we head through the coming weekend and into next week. Make the most of those dry skies this week, even if they are turning cloudier.