Ears popping: Why are my ears popping today? Met Office reveals phenomenon

Ear popping is something we’ve all experienced on planes and trains. When there is an altitude change, the air pressure can be felt in your ears and the same applies when a train moves through a tunnel, which causes high pressure in the carriages.

Why are my ears popping today?

The UK is experiencing a record-breaking level of atmospheric pressure today.

The Met Office said the hectoPascal gauge will rise to its highest mark in three decades.

This unusually high pressure is caused by contrasting temperatures across the pond in the US and a south moving jet stream.


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That jet stream has pushed a pocked of high-pressure air towards the UK.

This evening and Monday the gauges are likely going to rise above 1,050 hPa.

The average value of surface pressure on Earth is 985 hPa.

If the measurement hits 1,050 hPa, it will beat the most recent record of 1049.2 measured in 1992.

As well as a potential increase in ear-popping, the high-pressure will lead to some nice weather.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkhill said: “It’s going to bring lots of fine settled weather and ears might pop a bit more than otherwise.

“It will be largely fine and dry. The high pressure has been here today, which is why it was so sunny and lovely.

“That will stick around for the rest of the week. Sunday night into Monday is the high point when it comes to the pressure.”

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“It’s likely we could get atmospheric pressure of around 1,500 hPa.

“We have only had figures that high around ten times in the last hundreds of so year.

“The highest was 1,053.6hPA. That was on January 31, 1902, in Aberdeen.

“The high point is probably going to be towards the south-west this time.”

What happens when your ears pop?

In your ear is a tiny air pocket that is the same pressure as the air outside your ear and helps you hear more clearly.

When the air pressure changes, you can feel the pocket of air pushing against your eardrum.

When this happens, your ear has a small tube which helps to equalise the pressure inside your ear.

The tube levels out the pressure from the inside and outside of your ear. When the pressure is equal, you’ll often hear a small pop.

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