UK and Europe Weather forecast (Feb 18): Low pressure west of Scotland, Fine and warm Mediterranean
|Snow radar LIVE: Snow risk levels mapped (Photo: WX CHARTS)|
UK's daily weather forecast
Tonight & Feb 18
For the rest of Wednesday, a mild and breezy morning across most of the UK and Ireland on Wednesday. There will be rain at first across eastern Scotland and eastern England although this will be clearing. Low cloud and drizzle affecting western and southern coast and hills. Drier elsewhere with cloud breaking and a few bright or sunny spells developing. The best of the brightness will be in Ireland and southwestern parts of Scotland, although heavy showers in western Scotland. This afternoon seasonal persistent rain returning to southern parts of England and southern Wales. Further heavy showers and strong wins for western Scotland. The scattering of showers affecting other western coasts is generally dry and bright across much of the Midlands, northern England, and eastern Scotland. Gales in northwest Scotland. Highs at 8 to 13C.
An area of rain will be pushing northward overnight, into central and southern England, Wales, and Ireland by this evening, then across northern England and southern Scotland by midnight. Turning drier in the south for a time, ahead of more rain crossing Ireland and moving into Wales and southwest England by morning. The rain becomes heavy in central Scotland through the early hours. A breezy and mild night. Lows at 4 to 9C.
Low-pressure west of Scotland brings rain across most of Scotland, England, and Wales on Thursday morning. The rain may be heavy at times. Brighter but showery weather crosses Ireland and reaches western Wales and Southwest England through the morning. The afternoon eventually sees rain clearing the eastern coast with brighter weather and heavy showers following from the west. The showers may be most persistent in western Scotland and could be heavy here. A tendency for the showers to fade in Ireland. Turning cooler from the west as the brighter weather arrives. Breezy. Highs at 7 to 10C.
|Rain map: Rain is expected across much of the UK over the week (Photo: WINDY)|
Outlook for February 19 - 20
Milder throughout, some heavy spells of rain in the west, tending to be drier in the east. Mild weather remains through the course of this week, although it will be wet and windy at times as well. Most of the rain is likely through more western parts of the country where they could be localized flooding for brief spells. Tending to be dry in the east and it is here where they will be the mildest conditions, according to Weather Online.
Low pressure remains west of Ireland on Friday. A wet and windy day across much of Ireland, western Scotland, Wales, and western England. Rain could be heavy at times especially in southern Ireland and western Scotland. Eastern parts of Scotland and eastern England should be generally drier although windy. Drizzle and outbreaks of rain arrive in central and southern England during the afternoon. Plenty of low clouds, mist, and fog affecting western and southern coasts and hills. Highs at 8 to 10C.
Rain through Saturday across much of southern Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, and western England. Some heavy periods of rain affecting northern England and Scotland. Tending to be dry and becoming very mild across East Anglia and Southeast England. Showers for northern and western Ireland. Mild at 9 to 14C.
|Snow map this weekend (Photo: MET OFFICE)|
Snow radar: Where will it snow in the UK this week?
Maps show the UK is currently split down the middle, with the east of the UK blanketed in snow and the west relatively free of the stuff. Northern Ireland is also coated with snow, and much of Scotland has been frozen over for the past week. It brought some of the coldest temperatures ever recorded in the UK, with temperatures reaching minus double figures in some parts of Scotland. The coldest UK temperature for 25 years was recorded at Braemar in Aberdeenshire on Wednesday night when the mercury fell to -23C. Luckily, temperatures are set to increase in the coming days, with highs of 13C expected across England, causing much of the remaining snow to melt. But some areas will continue to see snow conditions this week.
With the recent cold spell expected to ease up over the course of this week, snow will become more sparse, and fresh snowfall even more unlikely across most areas. However, according to Met Office meteorologist Neil Armstrong, there could be more snow coming for Northern Ireland. He said: “For the past week the UK has been in a very cold air mass with temperatures well below average, this will change through the weekend as milder air moves in from the Atlantic and pushes that cold air mass out into the North Sea.
“Where temperatures were close to freezing in many places last week, we could expect to see 11C or 12C next week.” He also warned “there are still some wintry hazards to get through over the next few days, with low temperatures, strong winds, and further snow, especially in Northern Ireland. Maps from WXcharts show the snow clearing up throughout the course of the week, with much of the remnants cleared by the end of Tuesday in England. Snow will remain in Scotland throughout the week but will disappear from the central belt and remain in the highlands and Aberdeenshire, said Express.
The BBC’s monthly forecast signals there will be a warmer spell coming, but a cold front could come from Scandinavia to send temperatures plummeting again sooner rather than later. The outlook reads: "For the final week of February, high pressure is expected to continue to be the main driver in the weather pattern across Europe. "However, there is some uncertainty on where exactly it will end up. As the high shifts through north-east and eastern Europe, this will tend to keep things colder and drier than normal for us in the UK. The main issue is that if the high-pressure center is too far east, low pressure will be able to creep in from the southwest, bringing mild and wet weather.
*Also Read: UK and Europe Weather Forecast February 2021: Accurate Average Temperatures, How Sunny or Snowy
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Europe's weather forecast
Tonight & Feb 18
Rain in northern Portugal and northwest Spain on Wednesday. Fair for the rest of Portugal and Spain. The Balearics, Corsica, and Sardinia are going to be fair too with lots of sunshine. Staying fair across Italy and bright here as well. Greece and Turkey will be fair but will be feeling cool. Some heavy showers for Cyprus. Some rain in northwest France. Elsewhere it should be fair with lots of sunshine. Breezy and cloudy with some outbreaks of rain in the Low Countries. Breezy in northwest Germany but fair for most. Rain in Poland and cloudy too. Hungary and Austria as well as Switzerland will be fair, although some morning fog patches are likely. Cloud and outbreaks of rain in Denmark. The Baltic States will be cold but dry. Staying cold in Finland and much of central and northern Sweden. Breezy for Norway with snow in the southwest, fair to the north.
Some rain in central Portugal and Spain on Thursday. Fair for the north of Portugal and northwest Spain. Fair too in the east and south of Spain. Warm and sunny through the Balearics and across Corsica and Sardinia. Italy remains warm to with plenty of sunshine here and these conditions continue into Greece. Turkey should be mostly fair although there will be some snow affecting the northern coasts. Heavy rain in central parts of France maybe heavy although brighter weather with some showers follows into the west. Cloudy with further rain across the low countries and the far west of Germany. Eastern parts of Germany and Poland will be dry but cool. Dry and cold across Hungary and Austria, brighter in Switzerland.
Windy in Denmark with some rain later. Staying windy across southern Sweden. Cold for the Baltic states but dry with some sunshine. Remaining dry and cold in Finland. Northern parts of Sweden will also be staying cold but dry. Some rain and strong winds in south-western Norway, but dry in the north.
|Chance of snow on Feb 18. (Photo: Weather Online)|
Europe 'bitterly cold' after showers and storms bring cold air into the continent
Stav Danaos stated that the cold air has been pushed towards the eastern Mediterranean. The BBC Weather meteorologist added that bands of rain across the northeast of Europe will turn to snow. Danaos said: "We have seen a lot of snow across Greece and the Balkans into Turkey, very strong winds have made it feel bitterly cold. That cold air has been pushing its way eastwards towards the eastern Mediterranean. We have seen a drop in temperature in Cyprus as well after some heavy showers and storms today. Bands of rain pushing in from the west will be turning into snow across the northeast of Europe, where it will stay very cold."
"But it is much milder towards the British isles, those temperatures will be a little bit above the seasonal average. There will be quite a lot of wind and rain affecting the northwest of Europe. But with that southwest wind comes the mild air."
On Tuesday morning, BBC Weather's Carol Kirkwood that rain will clear across the UK through the evening and overnight. Kirkwood said: "Through this evening and overnight, we eventually see the tail end of that rain clear, the showers pushed over towards the east. Then there's a dry spell before the next weather front comes in from the west bringing in yet more rain and, again, this will be heavy and it will still be windy. Not a particularly cold night but a little bit colder than it is now. As we head through tomorrow, that band of rain moves over from the west towards the east.
"There's a curl coming into southern England and the Channel Islands, that will move a little bit further north through the course of the day. Showers in the west but, elsewhere, it should be largely dry but still very windy, especially across the northwest." BBC Weather's long-range outlook warns of a "very cold easterly blast" during the first week of March. The BBC outlook from March 1 states: "We expect the colder, more blocked weather pattern with abundant high pressure to stick around for at least the first week of March."
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