UK and Europe Weather forecast (Feb 19): Snow to sweep across Britain, colder Scandinavia and eastern Europe
UK's daily weather forecast
Tonight & Feb 19
Rain this morning for western and central Scotland as well as northern England, Midlands, and southern England. Heavy showers affecting western parts of Ireland. Brighter and fresher weather affecting much of Ireland, this spreading into Wales and most of western England through this morning. Turning drier in eastern coasts. This afternoon sees the rain lingering for some time in East Anglia and the far southeast. At the same time heavy showers across Wales and western England as well as western Ireland, with more persistent rain in western Scotland. Brighter for other areas with good spells of sunshine and feeling fresher. Breezy too with highs at 8 to 11C.
Dry for most to start tonight. Some showers in western Scotland and northwest England this evening, this fading for a time. Thicker cloud and stronger winds across Ireland and the western UK and Ireland bringing rain, some of it heavy. Drier in central and eastern areas and staying breezy. Lows at 1 to 3C.
Fronts passing eastwards through the UK on Friday bringing plenty of clouds and periods of rain. Most of the rain in Scotland and Wales as well as western England. Drizzly and lighter rain in southern and eastern England. Heavy showers for the west of Ireland but tending to be drier in eastern Ireland once the morning rain clears. Turning more showery in western Scotland later in the afternoon too. Highs at 8 to 11C.
Outlook for February 19 - 20
Staying mild through the coming week and some very mild days in central and southeastern parts of England too. Rain will be affecting many areas with most of this in the north and west. Tending to be drier into the middle of next week, according to The Weather Channel.
More fronts will be pushing northwards on Saturday. These will be bringing rain to many areas, the rain heavy in western areas. The rain reaches Scotland through Saturday afternoon, as it stays wet in Wales and western England with drizzle and lighter rain in Ireland. Turning drier in the eastern Midlands, East Anglia, and southern England with some bright or sunny spells coming through, the best of them in the far southeast. Breezy for all. Highs at 8C in northern Scotland, 13C in southeast England.
Cloud and some outbreaks of rain in southwest England, Wales, and northern England with plenty of mist and fog around coasts and hills. Drier in central and eastern areas although there could be some morning drizzle. A few sunny spells in East Anglia and southeast England. Cloudier and drier in northern Scotland, some drizzle in the west and this affects central and eastern Ireland. Highs at 7 or 8C in the north and west, a very mild 15C in central and eastern areas.
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UK snow forecast: Chart turns WHITE as 72-hour Arctic blitz set to strike
Snow blanketed much of the country earlier this month, with wintry conditions hitting most corners of the UK. The freezing temperatures and snowfall look set to return from March 2, with the wintry blitz set to stay put for at least three days, according to new weather maps.
WXCharts' snow probability chart shows the weather begins to turn from the last weekend in February. The chart, valid from Saturday, February 27 at 6 pm, shows the whole of the UK turns white, indicating a change in the forecast. The chart shows a low risk of snow, up to 15 percent, across the country as the Arctic weather front approaches the UK. A second chart shows the mercury is expected to drop from this date, with a -1C forecast in Scotland and highs of 5C forecast in the capital.
But the real risk of snow starts from Tuesday, March 2, with the forecasters' snow probability map turning blue and purple by 6 pm. The purple coloring, observed in the Scottish highlands, represents up to a 65 percent snow risk, while the northeast of England is covered by up to a 45 percent chance of snow. By 6 pm the following day, almost the whole of the UK has turned dark blue, indicated the high snow risk. As daylight breaks on Thursday, the snow risk increases for the east of England.
The maps show the snow risk begins to ease by Friday afternoon, with up to a 20 percent probability of snowfall across much of the country. The snowfall is set to coincide with a fresh cold spell, that is set to start from the end of the month. At 6 am on Saturday, February 27 temperatures will dip to -2C in Scotland, while the rest of the country will see the mercury battle rise above 3C, according to charts by Netweather. Temperatures look set to warm slightly through Sunday and Monday, before plunging again on Tuesday morning.
*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 19
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 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.
Rain will affect Northwest Spain through Friday as well as parts of northern Portugal. Most of the rest of Spain will be dry with some good spells of sunshine. Staying warm and sunny across the central Mediterranean including Italy. Greece will be dry to although there may be a few showers in the Aegean Sea. Fair for the west of Turkey but some rain in the east.
Wet and windy for the north-west of France. Most of the rest of the country will be fair with good spells of sunshine, although a scattering of showers could affect the south. The Netherlands will be dry as well Germany and they will be mild too with some sunshine. Western Poland will be dry and bright but there will be rain in the east. The Czech Republic should be dry. Rain affecting hungry but dry in Austria and Switzerland as well as being mild. Another mild day in Denmark. Rain affects much of central and southern Sweden. There will be some snow and sleet later in the Baltic states, with sleet and snow in Finland. No way will have broken cloud and there will be some showers in the west although it should be mostly dry in the north.
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BBC Weather Europe: Snow and freezing rain moves across the continent despite temperature rise
Nick Miller forecast weather systems coming into Europe from the Atlantic. The BBC Weather meteorologist added that cold air is being squeezed eastwards across the continent towards Finland and Russia. Miller said: "Many parts of Europe are seeing warmer weather. Temperatures are creeping back above the average for this time of year. But with weather systems coming in from the Atlantic there are spells of rain and strong winds. The cold air is being squeezed eastwards and it will be a cold Thursday in Helsinki across to Moscow. Down towards the southeast, no one can say it is warm but it is now starting to recover."
He added: "We are finding with these weather systems running in from the west that they are running into colder air. They continue to bring a risk of seeing snow and freezing rain across some portions of Germany, Poland, and Scandinavia. There is another spell of wet weather moving across the United Kingdom on Friday and the winds will strengthen once again."
On Wednesday morning, BBC meteorologist Carol Kirkwood stated the UK will face windy conditions overnight. Kirkwood said: "This evening and overnight rain will move steadily northwards, it could deposit some snow on the hills of Northern Ireland and through the mountains of Scotland. Then we've got a new weather front coming in from the west and that is going to be pushing eastwards. It's going to be a windy night but it's not going to be a cold one and we're not anticipating any issues with frost."
Oli Claydon, Met Office spokesman, said: "In terms of the big temperature swings, you are probably looking at areas predominantly on the east coast where we saw lying snow last week and the temperatures were kept very low." Claydon added: "Obviously, we are an island nation on the outskirts of the continent of Europe, so we are subject to very variable weather conditions and those changes can happen quite quickly." According to the Met Office long-range weather forecast, mild weather conditions should remain for the rest of the month, with snow possible next month. Claydon said: "The whole of the UK is now in a mild air mass which has brought quite a significant change in temperatures and also in terms of weather hazards, so the focus moves to wind and rain."
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