UK and Europe Weather forecast Today (Feb 2): Heavy rain in UK, high pressure remains over Scandinavia
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UK's weather forecast
Tonight & February 2
For the rest of February 1 widespread frost across Scotland, northern and central England, and Wales is expected on Monday morning. Much milder in the far south and southwest. High pressure will bring largely dry conditions to much of the country although wintry showers will affect some northern and eastern parts of Scotland. Meanwhile, a fast-moving area of low pressure will track across the southwest of England bringing rain here as well as to southern Ireland and parts of Wales, snow to higher ground, in the morning, clearing by early afternoon. The next Atlantic low pressure and associated front make headway across Ireland with rain reaching southwest England by the end of the day. Highs at 2 to 6C for most, 8 to 10C for southwestern England and Ireland.
Overnight, heavy spells of rain, falling as sleet and snow initially and over higher ground, will push across much of the country by early morning. Snowfall could be extended across the higher ground, in particular across Wales, central and northern England, and Northern Ireland. Clear skies will remain across northern and central Scotland through the night allowing for a widespread and hard frost to develop here. Rain, sleet, and snow as well as the cloud will push into southern Scottish areas by morning. Lows between 0 and -10C across Scotland, 1 to -2C across northern and central England and north Wales. Lows between 3C and 9C further south and west.
Tomorrow, the low-pressure west of Ireland will bring an unsettled day for many on Tuesday. Heavy rain, sleet, and snow are all expected, with possible extensive snow across northern parts of England and southern and central Scotland. Strengthening winds are also a factor. The far north of Scotland is still looking like it will remain dry throughout the day but easterly winds will increase. Highs at 2 to 6C in the north and a milder 7 to 12C in the south and west.
Outlook for February 3 - 4
A strong warm/mild air divide through this week with rain, sleet, and snow all expected. Colder air for all by the weekend. Milder air will push into southern areas through this week while colder air stays to the north where there will be some rain, sleet, and snow. Colder air wins out at the weekend as it pushes across the country.
On February 3, low-pressure west of Ireland staying put on Wednesday and it will bring rain, sleet, and snow to Northern Ireland, central and southern Scotland as well as northern England through the morning but conditions should improve across Northern Ireland and northern parts of England. A separate area of low pressure develops as it tracks eastwards through the English Channel and brings rain, heavy and persistent at times, to southern areas of Britain, including south Wales. Low confidence currently on how far north the rain will affect. Dry elsewhere. Highs at 2 to 5C across Scotland and Northern England, highs between 6 to 11C elsewhere.
Weather Online forecasts that on February 4, low pressure close by to Ireland will continue to bring wet conditions to Northern Ireland and much of Scotland with sleet and snow also still likely. Northwest England, Wales, and southwest England could also see patchy rain, sleet, and some snow over the higher ground as a weak front pushes through. Drier elsewhere. Highs at 2 to 5C in the north and 6 to 11C in the south and west.
Snow warning for the first half of February
Ferocious easterly winds are predicted to strike throughout February, bringing "disruptive snow" with them. Scotland could be hit with a staggering 145cm (4 feet) of snow on Thursday, February 11, the latest snow depth models from WCHARTS show. The charts also show the south-eastern parts of England being blasted with deep levels of snow during the second week of February.
Kent could see 5 inches (13cm), while Norwich faces 4 inches (11cm). London could also get a sprinkling of 3cm on Tuesday, February 9. Northwestern parts of England including the Yorkshire Dales and The Lake District are expected to be hit with 8 inches (21cm) heavy snow as early as Wednesday, February 3 Temperatures could also plummet as low as -12C in central areas of Scotland on Wednesday, February 10. Widespread cold is likely to plunge to -4C in London and the southeast on the same day. Cumbria in the north of England should be chillier at -5C, however. Forecasters have warned the deep freeze could spark Beast from the East chaos.
Gavin Partridge, the owner of GavsWeatherVids, predicted cold air from the east to engulf the UK from this week. He said: "Later in the week we might pull in some very cold air from the east but there remains a lot of uncertainty about whether we'll open the door to The Beast. Outbreaks of heavy rain will move northeastwards across the country on Tuesday with sleet and snow through northern England and Scotland. There could be significant snow over high ground. Cold in the north. Mild in the south. Wednesday will stay cold in the north with sleet and snow across Scotland. England, Wales, and Northern Ireland will be milder with showers or longer spells of rain in the south."
"Thursday and Friday become uncertain. At the moment it looks like we could see colder air from the north moving southwards along with strengthening easterly winds. This would bring a risk of snow showers to northern and eastern regions. Next weekend might turn bitterly cold with strong easterly winds driving in heavy snow showers but there's also a chance the cold weather will stay in the north and southern regions remain relatively mild. A knife-edge scenario."
The BBC's long-range forecast for next month also predicted cold air to push into the UK, potentially bringing a freeze similar to the Beast from the East in 2018. The forecast 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.
*Also Read: UK and Europe Weather Forecast February 2021: Accurate Average Temperatures, How Sunny or Snowy
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Europe's weather forecast
As for the rest of today, the 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.
|Chance of snow over Europe, February 2 (Photo: Weather Online)|
For February 2, high pressure will continue to strengthen across south Portugal and Spain allowing for dry and fine conditions for many although heavy rain will affect north Portugal and northwest Spain along with strengthened winds. Dry and fine across the Balearic Islands and it will be an improving day for Sardinia and Corsica. Outbreaks of rain across south Italy and Sicily will become more isolated. Staying wet across Greece and western Turkey. Drier further east here.
South France will improve first thing to allow for a dry day here but northern and central areas will see a front with rain push across, possible snow on its leading edge. Rain spreading east across the Low Countries as well as Germany with the rain falling as snow across northern areas here as well as the higher ground. Rain, sleet, and snow will move in across Switzerland, Austria, and Hungary through the day. Over much of Italy and the Balkan States will see high pressure build in here. Some patchy rain, sleet, and snow across northern Poland.
With high pressure across Scandinavia, it will be largely dry although an area of low pressure will bring snow showers through the Baltic States as well as eastern parts of Sweden and the far south of Finland. Dry yet cold across Denmark.
|Eastern parts of Europe may also see thundershowers while Scandinavia can expect more snow and brutally cold temperatures. (Photo: BBC)|
Thundery showers to batter Europe in the next few days
BBC Weather forecaster Darren Bett warned of flooding across Europe following heavy rain and snow. He insisted that wet weather will be moving across Europe from the Atlantic and could cause disruption going into the new week. Eastern parts of Europe may also see thundershowers while Scandinavia can expect more snow and brutally cold temperatures.
"For many other parts of Europe is mainly unsettled and a rather messy satellite picture. We have got areas of low pressure and cloud sweeping in eastwards across more southern parts of Europe at the moment. That eastern band of wet weather is moving into eastern areas of Europe further. More wind and rain will be sweeping in across France and threatening some more flooding. We will also see some more snow, over the northern side of the Alps in particular."
The BBC Weather forecaster said the band of wet weather close to Turkey could turn into thundery downpours. Temperatures will remain considerably cold for parts of Scandinavia and while cold, it will be dry in parts of central-eastern Europe.
Bett said: "This rain hear could be heavy and thundery as it moves away. It should also be quite sunny across much of Germany and Poland but it is cold. There will be some heavier snow moving away from Romania into Ukraine. Those temperatures will again be below average for many parts of Scandinavia."
Bett closed by saying: "It should be dry across parts of the Mediterranean and southern parts of Iberia. There is some mild Atlantic air and wetter weather coming into the southern half of the UK. It will cut across France as well but that milder air does not really reach Germany".
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