UK and Europe Weather forecast Latest (Jan 23): Snow covers London, central Europe experiences increasing rainfall
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UK's weather forecast

January 23

Snow is forecast along the west of the UK from Saturday morning, which coincides with a significant drop in temperatures, according to charts by Netweather. At 9 am the mercury is set to plunge to -9 across northern Scotland, while the north of England can expect a chilly -4C, and the south will see temperatures dip just below freezing. By 6 pm snow is forecast along the west of the UK, with pockets of snow also expected in the southeast and Midlands.

Weather maps show London will be hit by heavy snow this weekend, starting on Friday and stretching out into Saturday. By Sunday, however, the snow will largely dissipate before picking back up again at the end of the month. Weather forecasters from the Met Office also predict snow for the capital on Saturday, January 23.

Londoners have missed out on much of the snow fun enjoyed by everyone up north over the last few weeks, but it seems we can finally expect some snowfall this weekend. It is unlikely we'll see anything as significant as they have seen up north, but we might get a few hours of snowfall to enjoy, according to BBC Weather.

It will be a cold start to the morning with temperatures of 0°C, which will feel more like an icy -3°C. From 8 am these snow showers are expected to become heavier and should continue until midday. However, the chance of seeing any snow settle significantly is slim, as from midday we can expect light sleet and rain showers.

The Met Office forecast for London this weekend reads: “Cold weekend with sunny spells, although spells of rain, sleet or brief snow possible with strong winds. “Clear spells overnight, with frost and icy stretches. Fine, dry but cold Monday.” Rain is expected to fall in the capital following the flurry of snow, washing away most of the fallen snow by the afternoon, according to Express.co

UK and Europe Weather forecast Latest (Jan 23): Snow covers London, central Europe experiences increasing rainfall
UK weather, January 23 (Photo: MET)

Outlook for January 24

Weather maps from WXCharts show the snow will return on Sunday, January 24, for a heavier spell in the afternoon. At 6 am on Sunday the whole of Wales is covered by a 100 percent snow risk, with much of the West Country also forecast for snow.

The wintry conditions continue to move further east on Sunday, with much of England covered by a high snow risk at 12 pm. By 6 pm the southeast turns red, indicating over an 80 percent risk of snow.

Parts of West Scotland, Wales, and the West of England are also covered by a moderate to high snow risk, according to the charts. Parts of Wales are forecast about 3.5inches (9cm), while other parts of England can expect a light dusting. By Monday morning, the 48-hour snow blitz has moved away from the UK.

UK and Europe Weather forecast Latest (Jan 23): Snow covers London, central Europe experiences increasing rainfall
There will likely be snow and rain falling across Europe over the weekend. (Photo: BBC)

Europe's weather forecast

January 23

BBC Weather forecaster Stav Danaos warned that Europe would see an increase in rainfall over the next few days. He said a weather system moving in from the Atlantic would bring low pressure to the continent and result in strong winds and heavy rain. This trend would continue and spread further into the Mediterranean over the weekend as more rain is forecasted.

Mr. Danaos said: "We have seen plenty of wet windy weather across the northwest of Europe. Over the next few days and into the weekend it looks like the Mediterranean will start to see the unsettled weather. Areas of low pressure will be diving in from the northwest. One such system that will be affected will be Italy into the Balkans as they will see heavy rains and mountain snow."

The BBC Weather forecaster noted that in the east of Europe temperatures will reach the low and mid-teens. However, there will still be rainfall moving into the weekend. The forecaster added that by Saturday Greece and the islands will be struck by heavy rain coming from the south.

It also noted that this cold air would pick up rain from the North sea and strike Scandinavia. This will result in more heavy snow for the region due to the cold temperatures.

UK and Europe Weather forecast Latest (Jan 23): Snow covers London, central Europe experiences increasing rainfall
Europe's weather forecast for January 23. (Photo: TheWeather)

Outlook for January 24 - 25

Colder than normal air is still forecast over most of central and eastern Europe, but it is progressing further east. Interesting to note here is the reduced negative anomaly over western Europe. That would be consistent with the indicated “break” in the low-pressure area, indicating a potential ridge rising, with a warmer than normal airmass.

Over Europe, we can see the colder air progress further east and north. We can now see the warmer temperatures building back, which is consistent with the pressure rise indicated in the forecast over western/central Europe.

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