UK and Europe Weather forecast Latest (Jan 28): Snow in central Scotland, dry weather across Spain and Portugal
UK snow forecast: A fierce Arctic blast could smash into the UK this week (Photo: WXCHARTS)

UK's weather forecast

January 28

Cool and cloudy for most at first this morning. There will be some outbreaks of drizzle and patchy rain affecting central and eastern Scotland but this should fade through this morning. Some bright spells developing elsewhere through England and Wales as well as western Scotland. A few bits of rain and drizzle affecting Northern Ireland this morning.

This afternoon sees skies generally increasing across England and Wales. Some sunny spells for much of Scotland, especially the north and east. Thicker cloud across Ireland brings rain here and that rain reaching Southwest Wales and Southwest England later this afternoon. Remaining cool across the far north of England and Scotland, but milder for the rest of England, Wales, and Ireland. Highs near 3C in northern Scotland, 11C in southwest England.

UK and Europe Weather forecast Latest (Jan 28): Snow in central Scotland, dry weather across Spain and Portugal
UK snow forecast: The end of January could see 19 inches of snow (Photo: WXCHARTS)

A wet night ahead as a band of rain spreads east across most of the British Isles. The rain turns heavy in England and Wales. Snow for western and southern parts of Scotland, but staying dry in the far northeast. Some snow across the Pennines too. Local flooding is possible in central and northern England as well as southern Scotland due to a combination of rain and melting snow. The rain eases later in central and southern Ireland. A mild night at 5 to 7C for many, but -1C in northern Scotland.

Occluded fronts bringing more rain to the far north of Northern Ireland and northern England on Thursday morning, this falling as snow in central Scotland. It may turn to snow over parts of northeast England too. Dry and cold for the north of Scotland, although rather cloudy, the best sunshine across Orkney and Shetland. Milder and drier for a time across central and southern England and Wales, perhaps with some bright spells. However, a further area of rain quickly arriving in Ireland and then west Wales and southwest England by late afternoon and evening. Further flooding is likely across northern England and southern Scotland. Highs at 12C in the south, 3C in central and northern Scotland, 4C in northeast England.

UK and Europe Weather forecast Latest (Jan 28): Snow in central Scotland, dry weather across Spain and Portugal
UK snow forecast: Polar conditions are expected to strike this week (Photo: WXCHARTS)

Outlook for January 29-30

An occluded front remains through Ireland and northern England on Friday with an area of low pressure over the south. The front marks the boundary between cold air to the north and the warmer air to the south. More rain affects Ireland, much of Wales, central and northern England. Snow over the Pennines. A few brighter spells of more southern parts of England. Brighter and colder for Scotland with sunny spells to come here, and some brighter periods in Northern Ireland too. Highs at 12C in southern England, 3 or 4C in the far north of England and Scotland.

As for January 30, high pressure to the northwest of Scotland. An area of low pressure to the south and may bring a region of rain, sleet, and snow to the far south of England. Brighter skies further north and colder here too. The brighter weather in central and western Scotland as well as northwest England and Northern Ireland. Breezy, especially in the south. Highs at 3 to 5C.

UK and Europe Weather forecast Latest (Jan 28): Snow in central Scotland, dry weather across Spain and Portugal
Photo: Weather Online

Northwestern parts of England including Cumbria and the outskirts of Northumberland could see 5 inches (13cm) on Friday, January 29. And Birmingham and Worcester in the Midlands could see 4 inches (12cm) later today. Temperatures could also plunge as low as -10C on Saturday, January 30 in central Scotland. England will also shiver in northern regions during the rest of the week with freezing lows of 0C in Newcastle and North Yorkshire.

Southern regions are expected to be slightly milder at single figures over the coming days, with London averaging 1C. Dr. Claire Kennedy-Edwards, the senior meteorologist at The Weather Company, warned the stratospheric polar vortex (SPV) at the end of this month could bring "a much colder end to winter" for Britain.

The Met Office added northern parts of the UK could see more snowfall before the end of January. The forecast for this week said: "Unsettled conditions look likely to dominate for this period, with low pressure across the UK. "Therefore, this should bring changeable weather to most of the country, with periods of rain, showers, and strong winds at times. While mild westerly and southwesterly winds are expected to be dominant for most of the period, occasional colder northerly winds are possible, bringing a chance of snowfall, likely confined to far northern parts."

The BBC's long-range forecast between Saturday, January 23, and Sunday, January 31, predicted northerly winds to push cold air into the UK.

UK and Europe Weather forecast Latest (Jan 28): Snow in central Scotland, dry weather across Spain and Portugal
Average weather on January 28 (Photo: Weather Online)

Europe's weather forecast

January 28

Mostly dry for Spain and Portugal. The best of the sunshine in central and southern areas are recorded today. Fair for much of the western Mediterranean too. A morning frost in central Italy then fine throughout the day. Few showers in western GreeceRain for the west of France.

Dry in the east ad bright too with sunny spells. A fair day with some frost in the morning over the Low Countries and northern Germany. Poland will have a scattering of showers. Hungary will have some sunny spells and should be dry. Scattered showers in Austria and Switzerland. Fine weather for Denmark and Sweden with good spells of sunshine. More snow in the Baltic States and Finland. Snow showers affecting the west of Norway.

UK and Europe Weather forecast Latest (Jan 28): Snow in central Scotland, dry weather across Spain and Portugal
Chance of snow on January 28 (Photo: Weather Online)

A fair day over Spain and Portugal on Thursday with lots of sunshine. There will be dry weather and more sunshine in the Balearics as well as in Corsica and Sardinia. Italy should be fair with some sunshine too. A few showers in western Greece whilst rain, sleet, and snow affect Turkey.

A windy and wet day to come in France. Heavy periods of rain for the Low Countries. This heavier rain affecting much of western and southern Germany as well as Switzerland. Drier in Poland although with a few wintry showers in the east.

Denmark should be bright and dry. Snow showers in the Baltic States and could be heavy. More snow showers to come in Finland. A few snow showers in eastern Sweden but they dry for most of the country. Snow showers in western Norway.

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