An intense high pressure has moved slap-bang over the British Isles. The anti-cyclone moves away the intense storms experienced after Christmas and New Year and replaces conditions with bitter cold nights and striking sunsets.
The weather phenomenon has been described as acting like a "boulder in the scree" by BBC weather experts. Storms continue to blow around the west coast of Ireland and north of the Scottish mainland. The central mainland area in Europe has recently suffered several metres of snowfall, Austria has been particularly badly affected.
The atmospheric conditions which engulfed the British Isles on Thursday night has imposed clear blue skies, bitterly cold starry nights and hardly any wind. Night frosts, the first of the winter season, greeted most areas in Britain with thick fog lingering in the countrysides.
There is an 80% probability of severe cold weather from midnight on Saturday and 0900 on Tuesday in parts of England.
One UK newspaper has requested its readers send in their photographs of sunsets. The Daily Telegraph has acknowledged the combination of low sun, blue skies and red evening skies is producing some stunning sunsets likely to form over the weekend. The response so far has been overwhelming. The settled conditions replace weeks of rain, high winds and exceptionally mild temperatures. The average temperature for London in January is 6c (43f) by day and around 4c (39f) in central Scotland. But even night time lows have hovered well above these levels with some areas in southern England recording 14c (57f) on New Years Eve, warmer than the north African state of Morocco.
widespread frost and areas of mist or freezing fog come shortly after golden sunsets like this one in north Hertfordshire.
Sunsets have always been a source of attraction to amateur photographers and Richard Halfday, a photographer and blogger, wrote about the time he met celebrity photographer David Bailey:
Olympus ran an advert featuring a photographic competition the winning photo was Sunset over Stevenage Station by David Bailey he must have be standing a couple of feet from I was standing. I went out and bought my first "proper" camera haven’t looked back since.
The high pressure system is set to remain stagnate over the British Isles until at least Monday.