UK and Europe Weather forecast Today (Feb 1): Unsettled across south and west Europe, Snowstorm hell to hit UK
UK's weather forecast
Tonight & February 1
For the rest of today, high pressure towards the northeast will allow for a cold and frosty start for many on Sunday morning. It will be a dry and bright start for most too but clouds will increase in the west as rain, sleet, and possible snow push across Ireland, Wales, and southwest England through the day. Snow mainly to higher ground but lower levels could see a mix of sleet and snow at times. It will also become increasingly windy here too. Staying dry elsewhere but with some snow showers affecting the north and northeast Scotland. Highs at 1 to 4C for most but across southern Ireland and the far southwest of England highs will reach between 6 and 11C.
Overnight, it will continue to be wet across Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wales, central southern and southwest England. Snow will fall over the higher ground here. Rain will eventually reach London and western areas of the southeast corner later on in the night. Staying largely dry elsewhere, clear skies to the north but cloudier skies elsewhere. Possible snow showers for north and northeast Scotland. Lows fall to between 0 and -2C for most but can fall to -8 to -10C across the higher ground in Scotland.
For Monday, February 1, a frosty start across Scotland, parts of Wales, and northern England on Monday morning. High pressure will be to the northeast while Atlantic low-pressure systems continue to push into western areas. Southern and southwestern areas will start wet and cloudy but the rain here should soon clear to allow for drier conditions to develop. However, through the afternoon rain will spread across Ireland and reach Wales and southwest England later on in the day. Winds will pick up too. Staying dry and fine elsewhere with the best of the sunshine across eastern areas. A chilly day with highs at 2 to 6C for most, though southwestern parts of the UK and Ireland could see highs of 8 to 10C.
|Britain is bracing for brutal winter storms (Photo: WX CHARTS)|
Outlook for February 2 - 3
Low-pressure west of Ireland will continue to push fronts east on Tuesday, said Weather Online. This is going to be bringing heavy periods of rain and strong winds through many areas. A period of snow could affect northern England and southern Scotland as the rain meets colder air. Staying dry across northern Scotland. Highs at 2 to 6C in northern areas and a milder 8 to 12C elsewhere.
Meanwhile, low pressure again in control through Wednesday. Cloud and rain as well as some sleet and snow across Scotland, southern and central areas mainly with the north seeing drier conditions. Much of England and Wales will be dry with conditions improving across Northern Ireland, however, southern parts of England will have cloudier skies and outbreaks of rain. Highs at 2 to 4C across Scotland and Northern England, highs between 7 to 10C elsewhere.
|Tuesday's weather system is expected to bring potentially disruptive snow (Photo: WX Charts)|
UK snow alert for February
Bitterly cold polar air is expected to push over into the UK from an easterly direction at the end of next week, bringing wintry conditions including snow with it. Temperatures in Scotland are predicted to plummet as low as -8C on Sunday, February 8, according to the latest models from WXCHARTS. Northwest England including Carlisle and the Lake District could see lows of -2C on the same day, while southern regions including London may be hit with -1C. But the cold air is likely to pulverize parts of Europe next weekend, as the maps show Grodno in western Belarus seeing -22C next Sunday at 6 am.
Gdansk in northern Poland could also be hit with a bitter -18C and Alytus in southern Lithuania is predicted to see a chilly -20C. Forecasters have predicted the wintry condition to blast 25 inches (65cm) of heavy snow into eastern Scotland at the same time. Cumbria may also see 5 inches (14cm) settle too.
Brian Gaze at The Weather Outlook warned of cold air bringing snowy conditions to the UK. He said: "Forecast uncertainty increases from Wednesday. At the moment it looks like staying cold in Scotland and possibly northern England. In the south, it will be milder for a time but colder air probably returns southwards during the second half of the week."
The BBC's long-range forecast warned of "sharp cold air" bringing more snow by Sunday, February 7. It said: "Next week, as the colder air lingers over the country from Sunday into Monday, there will be a more widespread risk of lowland snow Monday night and into Tuesday morning. This is due to yet another advancing front from the west bringing bands of snow and cold rain. The front will also bring in some milder Atlantic air, so temperatures will recover to a bit above normal for southern areas. From midweek through the end of the working week, lows will weaken and drift away to the south with bands of rain or wintry precipitation easing for most."
The Met Office's forecast between Wednesday, February 2 and Friday, February 12 added snow showers causing hazardous conditions around the UK next week. The forecast said: "Wintry precipitation is likely to persist over northern areas on Wednesday, showers in the far southwest. Elsewhere rather cloudy with plenty of dry weather. Mild at first in the south; though high pressure building up over the north of the UK during this period is likely to bring easterly winds, cold temperatures, and coastal snow showers."
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Europe's weather forecast
Patchy rain and scattered showers for Portugal and Spain. Eastern coastal areas should stay dry and fine. Mostly dry and fine too for the Balearics. Outbreaks of rain and gusty winds clear southeast from Corsica, Sardinia, and northern Italy through the day. Staying wet over southern Italy and Sicily for longer. After a dry and fine start, heavy rain moves into western Greece. Early snow and rain clear east from Turkey to leave a dry and fine day here too.
Early rain and sleet clear south from France before another more widespread area of rain spreads across the country from the northwest. This rain also extends into Belgium. Dry and fine for Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Early snow clears from the Alps to leave a dry and fine day for Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. Mostly dry and bright for Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia while Hungary sees some snowfall. The northern coasts of Poland could see frequent wintry showers.
Isolated wintry showers and sunny spells for Denmark, the Baltic States, Finland, northern Sweden, and western Norway on Sunday. Mostly fine elsewhere across southern Sweden and southeast Norway with good spells of sunshine.
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Rain will continue to affect northern areas of Spain and coastal areas of Portugal but it should remain largely dry elsewhere. Breezy yet mainly dry throughout the Balearics. Staying unsettled with blustery winds across Sardinia and Corsica with patchy rain across south Italy and Sicily. Cloudy and wet for much of Greece once again today with west Turkey seeing rain and snow push in here. Drier further east.
An unsettled day across France as outbreaks of rain affect most areas. Windy too towards southern and western coasts. An improving day for the Low Countries while rain, sleet, and snow push across Germany from west to east. Rain, sleet, and snow will affect Austria and Switzerland while progressively affect more of the Czech Republic. Largely dry across Slovakia, Hungary, and Poland but turning increasingly cloudy from the west.
Isolated wintry showers and sunny spells continue across Denmark, the Baltic States, Finland, and Sweden on Sunday. Snow showers will push into coastal areas of Norway but it should be largely dry elsewhere here with sunshine.
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