UK and Europe Weather Forecast (Today Feb 22): Saharan dust plume to hit UK, heavy rain in Portugal & Spain
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UK's daily weather forecast

Tonight & February 22

A band of rain extends through southwestern, southern, and central parts of England on Sunday as well as into south Wales, possibly turning heavy for some at times. Drier with some bright spells across East Anglia and southeast England. Largely dry and fine elsewhere although some scattered blustery showers are likely to affect western parts of Ireland, Scotland, and northwest England. Windy for the far north and far west with coastal gales for northwest Scotland. High temperatures at 14C in southeast England, mainly 9 to 12C elsewhere.

Outbreaks of rain persist for Wales and western parts of England overnight, extending into northern England by Monday morning. A rather cloudy night for most areas though clearer skies develop to the west of Ireland and Scotland where there will also likely be some blustery showers overnight. Winds ease though will still be quite gusty in exposed parts of the northwest. Overnight lows at 6 to 8C across much of England and Wales, 1 to 4C for Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and the north of England.

A wet morning for some as a band of rain extends from northeast to south-central England. Rain could linger into the afternoon but gradually clears from the south. Drier elsewhere with bright and sunny skies for many though showers affect northwestern coasts and hills of Scotland and western parts of Ireland. Increasing winds across Ireland will bring rain here into the evening. Highs at 8 to 14C.

Outlook for February 23 - 24

A wet and windy day for much of Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Scotland. Gales affect exposed areas. Rain spreads into northwestern parts of England and Wales during the afternoon. A drier and generally brighter day to the southeast, but some low cloud, mist, and fog along southern coasts and hills. High temperatures at 9 to 13C.

Low-pressure west of Scotland on Wednesday. Breezy with clouds and periods of rain across parts of Ireland, Wales, southwest England, northwest England, and southern Scotland. Tending to be drier through the Midlands and eastern England although low cloud and drizzle affecting southern coasts. Brighter in northern Scotland. Highs at 9 to 15C.

UK and Europe Weather Forecast (Today Feb 22): Saharan dust plume to hit UK, heavy rain in Portugal & Spain
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Saharan dust plume to hit UK as low pressure ‘feeds’ winds

Met Office forecasters have warned an area of low pressure to the North West will bring dust from the Sahara across to the UK in the coming days. The low pressure is “feeding” winds “into the UK from the Canaries”. This could lead to brightly colored sunrises and sunsets, and Britons could notice some dust settings on cars. The Saharan dust warning comes after a spell of warmer weather across the UK this weekend, with temperatures lifting away from the Baltic winter lows of the past few weeks. The Met Office tweeted: “Low pressure to our NW is feeding S'ly winds into the UK from the Canaries, allowing #Saharandust to be drawn N too. The recent satellite image below shows this in red. You may notice dust deposits on cars & colorful sunrises/sets next few days.”

The Met Office warns: “Further persistent rainfall, heavy at times, will occur through Saturday.“ Totals of “0.7 to 1.5 inches (20 to 40mm) are likely quite widely, with 1.9 to 2.3 inches (50 to 60mm) possible over some hilly areas. Further snowmelt is expected across the Southern Highlands, contributing to the flood risk.” Another yellow rain warning is in place for Wales until 10 pm today, with up to 7.87 inches forecast in “the most exposed parts of the Brecon Beacons”. The forecasters warn: “The cumulative effects of the rainfall on the increasingly saturated ground mean that impacts are most likely to develop during Saturday. As well as heavy rain, strong to gale force southerly winds will be an additional hazard through Saturday.” The Government has currently issued 111 flood warnings across England as the persistent rain continues. There are 12 flood warnings in place, meaning flooding is expected - immediate action required.

UK and Europe Weather Forecast (Today Feb 22): Saharan dust plume to hit UK, heavy rain in Portugal & Spain
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The flood warnings are for

Keswick Campsite

Low lying properties in the Upper Hull catchment

River Hull at Hull Bridge and Beverley

River Tamar from Greystone Bridge to Cotehele excluding Calstock

River Teign (Lower) from Chudleigh to Kingsteignton

River Torridge (Lower) from Dolton to Bideford, including Taddiport and Weare Giffard

River Wye from Hay to Hereford

River Wye from Hereford to Ross-On-Wye

River Wye in North Hereford

River Wye in South Hereford

Roam Drain and River Hull at Hempholme

The River Burn from South Creake to Burnham Thorpe

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UK and Europe Weather Forecast (Today Feb 22): Saharan dust plume to hit UK, heavy rain in Portugal & Spain
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Europe's weather forecast

Tonight & February 22

Heavy rain clearing Portugal through the morning to allow for sunny spells but also some showers. The rain will push across Spain although the far northeast should remain dry throughout. Breezy along southern coasts. Dry through the Balearics but winds will strengthen and cloud amount will increase. Dry and fine across Italy but rather windy across Corsica and Sardinia. An improving day across Greece as showers clear from the north. Dry for much of Turkey.

A mostly dry and fine day across central Europe, although rain and cloud will still affect northwest France as well as western coasts here. Localized gales will also affect coastal areas of southern France. Less windy for the Low Countries on Sunday. Rain, sleet, and snow affecting much of Norway as well as northern Sweden while Finland will see largely cloudy skies with a mix of rain, sleet, and snow too. A largely cloudy but dry day for the Baltic States. Denmark too will be dry but sunny spells are expected.

Heavy outbreaks of rain, sleet, and snow affect northeast Spain on Monday while the rest of Spain and Portugal see a largely dry and sunny day. Rather cloudy with scattered showers for the Balearic Islands, Corsica, and Sardinia. Dry and bright for the rest of Italy, the Balkans, Greece, and Turkey. Rather cloudy for France with patchy outbreaks of rain - these mainly to the west and south where they may be locally heavy. Some cloudy for the Low Countries but staying dry here. Dry and fine for much of central Europe including Switzerland, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary.

Dry and fine conditions extend into Denmark, southern Sweden, and the Baltic States too on Monday. Cloudy for Norway with outbreaks of rain, sleet, and snow spreading into most parts of the country and across central and northern parts of Sweden too by the end of the day. Early snow showers fade from Finland to leave a mostly dry but overcast day here.

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