UK and Europe Weather forecast Latest (Jan 25): London blanketed with 10cm of snow
Met Office chief meteorologist Steve Willington said cold air coming in from Iceland and the Arctic will bring with it “a mix of wintry hazards across the UK”. Willington added: “In clearer conditions, overnight ice will remain a hazard, while a band of snow is likely to bring falls of one to three cm quite widely across central areas of the UK, particularly the Cotswolds and higher ground in the East Midlands on Sunday. “But snow outside of these areas is also a potential hazard.”
While some parts of the UK will see up to three cm, areas that sit 100m above sea level could see as much as 10cm of snow. Dartmoor, the Brecon Beacons, and Snowdonia could see as much as 15cm blanket the areas. A yellow weather warning is in place today for Scotland, while another three warnings for snow and ice will kickstart on Sunday for the south of England and London.
BBC metrologist Chris Fawkes warned BBC Breakfast viewers that "we have a real taste of winter on the way". He explained: "Snow is on the way. We have a band of heavy snow pushing eastwards as we go through the day today. There will be heavy snow for a time across Wales, the Midlands, parts of southern England as well." He warned that the snow front could linger, meaning "central and southern England, the Midlands and into central areas of Wales will see the heaviest snowfall".
However, by the end of Monday, the snowfall will have likely dissipated as bands of rain move into the capital instead. The cold weather, a remnant of Storm Christoph, will likely remain in place until early next week as conditions are due to become more unsettled.
The bad weather comes amid a number of flood warnings issues for London and the rest of the country. There are currently 11 flood alerts in place for the Capital, in which the environment agency warns people to “be prepared", including:
- Chertsey Bourne
- Lower River Loddon
- River Ray and its tributaries from Shipton Lee and including Slip
- River Thame and Chalgrove Brook
- River Thame for Henley, Remenham, Medmenham and its tributaries
- River Thames for Shiplake, Lower Shiplake and Wargrave
- River Thames from Hurley to Cookham
- River Thames from Mapledurham to Sonning
- River Thames from Shepperton to Molesey
- Upper River Stour
- Upper River Wey
Forecast for January 26-27
A ridge of high pressure brings a dry start to the day with sunshine and a widespread frost across Great Britain on January 26. Increasing cloud brings rain, preceded by a period of sleet and snow eastwards eventually through all parts of Ireland and much of the UK. It could be that several hours of snowfall affect parts of Scotland and northern England. High temperatures at 1 to 6C for most, 8 to 10C possible in western Ireland and the West Country.
As for January 27, dry start for many but through the morning cloud thickens in the west and patchy rain, sleet and perhaps snow over higher ground, will push across western and central areas of the UK and Ireland. Rain could be locally heavy across western areas where it will fall on the saturated ground so flooding in places once again is a likely risk. Drier for longer further east. Winds will also strengthen. Highs range from 5C in the north to 11 or 12C in the southwest of England and Ireland.
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Outlook for next week
Looking forward, deputy chief forecaster at the Met Office, Chris Tubbs said the weather will likely get much wetter from next week as the snow dissipates. Tubbs said: “Once the certainty increases about which areas are most likely to be affected by potentially heavy rain, we may need to issue further warnings – especially if next week’s rainfall is likely to compound the impacts from this week.”
In addition to the snow, Brits are being urged to heed flood warnings over the next few days. Environment Secretary George Eustice has warned of the possibility of more “challenges” in parts of England next week due to the surplus in rainfall, according to Express.co
The Environment Secretary said: “The thing that concerns us most is that late next week we are expecting more rainfall that falls on wet, soggy ground. “It is possible that we therefore could have some additional challenges in a week’s time.”
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Europe's weather forecast
According to Weather Online, patchy outbreaks of rain spread from the northwest across much of Portugal, Spain, and the Balearic Islands on Monday. Corsica, Sardinia, Italy, and Sicily to see patchy outbreaks of rain spread from north to south. This turns to sleet and snow over the Appennines and clears to leave a dry and fine day in the north.
Early snow clears from eastern France to leave a mostly dry and fine day here. Another band of patchy rain, sleet, and snow arrives at the northwest later, however, and spreads across the Low Countries too. Snow for southern Germany while the rest of the country stays mostly dry but cloudy. Mostly dry and cloudy too with isolated snow showers for much of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Austria. Heavier snowfalls over eastern Poland.
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Mostly dry and fine for Norway and Sweden with good spells of the sun for southern Norway. An area of snowfall spreads across Finland and into northeastern parts of Sweden later. Early wintry showers clear north from western parts of the Baltic States before an area of heavier and more persistent snow arrives from the south later. Mostly cloudy with scattered wintry showers in Denmark.
The weak high-pressure building across Scandinavia will bring mainly dry conditions to Norway and Sweden. Finland, however, will see cloudier skies and snow showers to the north and a mix of rain, sleet, and snow to the south. Rain, sleet, and snow expected through the Baltic States too. A cloudy but largely dry day for Denmark, just a few scattered wintry showers about.
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