UK and Europe Weather forecast Latest (Jan 26): Snow brightens UK landscapes, dry winds blows over France
There were snowy scenes in London's Battersea Park. (Photo: Sky News)

UK's weather forecast

January 26

A very cold start but most areas fine, dry, and bright appears in the UK on January 25. Wintry showers continuing over north and west Scotland and perhaps Irish Sea coasts of northwest England and north Wales. Breezy for many and feeling cold. As for tonight, lear and cold for many parts with widespread frost. Some rain and snow over parts of Scotland then rain and stronger winds arriving in Northern Ireland later in the night.

As for Monday night, patchy rain, sleet, and snow fade over northern England to leave a mostly dry night for Great Britain. Cloud spreads in from the west with an area of rain spreading across Ireland and perhaps into the far west of Wales and England by Tuesday morning. Clear skies become confined to the far east of England and northeast Scotland through the night and some wintry showers are possible here too. Overnight lows widely range from -2 to 1C, falling as low as -10C in sheltered Scottish glens.

A ridge of high pressure brings a cold, dry start to the day with sunshine and a widespread frost across much of Great Britain. Increasing cloud brings rain, possibly 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 southern Scotland and northern England. Staying dry and fine to the northeast. High temperatures at 1 to 5C for many, 6 to 11C across the Republic of Ireland and the southwest of the UK, according to Weather.com

Yellow weather warnings for snow and ice were issued for London and the South East, Northern Ireland, and northern and western areas of Scotland. The Met Office said those areas should expect possible travel disruption and "some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces". There was also a warning for snow across Wales, central England, East Anglia, and parts of the south.

Colder air affecting the UK and Ireland into the early part of next week with some rain, sleet, and snow all likely at times. From mid-week onwards, a milder flow moves in accompanied by more unsettled conditions. Expect strengthened winds and more rainfall adding to already saturated ground. Flooding poses a likely risk.

UK and Europe Weather forecast Latest (Jan 26): Snow brightens UK landscapes, dry winds blows over France
London's weather forecast (Photo: Weather.com)

Outlook for January 26-27

Rain moving slowly east. Snow mainly over the high ground of northern England and Scotland, perhaps to low levels at first for Northern Ireland. Cold for many, becoming milder in the west. Cold and bright across northern Scotland with wintry showers. Milder elsewhere, with rain at times, heavy in the west with hill snow across Scotland. Windy, gales are possible in southern areas.

Further ice warnings have been issued for Monday morning across Wales, Northern Ireland, the whole of the south of England, as well as the Midlands, East Anglia, and the North West. There is also a weather warning of snow and ice on Monday for the western and northern parts of Scotland. The wintry showers will continue in the north and western parts of the UK.

Meteorologist Simon Partridge said that by Wednesday, temperatures in the south of England might have jumped right back up to between 10C (50F) and 12C (53.6F). "We are keeping an eye on rainfall totals because there are some areas that are very sensitive to rainfall and there is further possible flooding as we go through the second half of the week."

UK and Europe Weather forecast Latest (Jan 26): Snow brightens UK landscapes, dry winds blows over France
Photo: Weather Online

Europe's weather forecast

January 26

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. Rain spreads from Greece to western Turkey where it may be locally heavy. Showers follow for western Greece while eastern Turkey stays dry but increasingly cloudy.

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.

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.

UK and Europe Weather forecast Latest (Jan 26): Snow brightens UK landscapes, dry winds blows over France
Europe's weather forecast for Monday night. (Photo: Weather Online)

As for Tuesday, Weather.com forecasts that scattered showers for Iberia and the Balearic Islands. These heaviest and most frequent over Portugal and western Spain. Dry and fine for Corsica, Sardinia, and northern Italy while early heavy rain clears south from southern Italy and Sicily. Heavy rain and gusty winds spread into the Balkans and Greece then later into western Turkey. Staying dry and fair for eastern Turkey.

Dry and fair for France and the Low Countries through cloud thickens to the northwest later bringing patchy outbreaks of rain, sleet, and snow here. Dry and fine for Switzerland while scattered snow showers affect much of Germany. A more organized band of snow spreads from west to east over eastern Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, and western Poland. A mostly dry and fair day for Slovakia and Hungary.

High pressure brings mostly dry and fine conditions to Norway, Sweden, and Denmark though isolated wintry showers could develop over coasts. Breezy for the Baltic States with a band of heavy rain, sleet and snow spreading north through the day and into southern Finland. Cloudy over central and northern Finland with patchy snowfall to the north.

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