UK and Europe Weather forecast Today (Feb 3): Snow warnings for UK, warmth in Spain and western Mediterranean
Tonight & February 3
Snow across southern Scotland and the far north of northern England for the rest of Tuesday. This could be heavy and lead to significant accumulations. Although turning to sleet and rain in the far south of Scotland and northern England this afternoon, snow continues to fall in central Scotland. Cold across Scotland. Heavy bursts of rain for the rest of northern England with outbreaks of rain in the rest of England. A few mornings brighter spells for Ireland, but showers reaching here. Showers and rain becoming more persistent in Wales, the Midlands, and northwest England again later. Fewer showers in the southeast. Cold and dry for the far north of Scotland. Breezy for many. Highs at 2 to 4C in much of Scotland and northern England. 12C in southern England.
On Tuesday night, an area of snow continues to affect much of central and eastern Scotland. Snow will be slowly turning to rain across the far south of Scotland and the far north of England. Drive across much of central England and Wales, but an area of heavy rain is likely across southern and southeastern parts of England eventually moving into East Anglia. Ireland will be drier with some clear spells, although rain later in the west. Lows at 0C in Scotland, 6C in southern England.
As for Wednesday, snow continues to fall across much of Scotland Wednesday, the majority of it focused across central and eastern areas. Western Scotland should be dry Rain at first in Southeast England, although this will be clearing away. A mix of sunshine and showers for Wales and western England although more persistent rain will be affecting western and northern parts of Ireland. The best of any sunshine in the afternoon affecting the far south of England. Cold again in Scotland, highs at 2C in the north, but milder for the rest of England and Wales at 8 to 10C.
Outlook for February 4 - 5
Low pressure over western Ireland will bring a mixed day to the whole of the British Isles on Thursday, February 4. Strong winds in Ireland and Scotland with periods of rain affecting Ireland. Snow in northern and central parts of Scotland but drier in the far south. An area of showers and rain affects much of central and southern England and Wales. In between, it will be drier with some bright or sunny spells. Highs at 3C in northern Scotland, 11C in southern England.
Meanwhile, low-pressure will be to the south of Ireland on Friday. Periods of rain and showers across Ireland, most affecting the north. Many areas of England and Wales should be dry although always a risk of showers in west Wales. Some sleet and snow affecting the central and eastern parts of Scotland. A few showers may affect northeast England. The best of any brightness in the Midlands and southern parts of England. Highs at a mild 8 to 11C in England, Wales, and Ireland, 2C in northern Scotland.
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Snow alerts for the rest of this week
The Met Office has issued swathes of weather warnings for the UK this week from today up until Saturday. Among several yellow weather warnings, an amber snow warning has now been issued by the Met Office for parts of the East Midlands, north-west England, and Yorkshire and the Humber on Tuesday.
On Monday a yellow rain and snow warning covers parts of Northern Ireland from 4 pm until 12 pm on Tuesday. A yellow snow and ice warning also covers much of Scotland, northern England, and some parts of the Midlands from 10 pm on Monday night until 11.59 pm on Tuesday. An amber snow warning is active from 3 am until 1 pm on Tuesday, and affects cities such as Sheffield and Leeds.
The Met Office warns as much as 15cm, or approximately six inches, of snow, could fall for some areas under the warning. Parts of the East Midlands, the north-east, the north-west, and Yorkshire are also under a yellow rain warning from 6 pm on Tuesday until 4 am on Wednesday. Several other snow and rain warnings have been issued from Wednesday this week, with the last warning due to expire on Saturday at 6 am.
WX CHARTS snow depth maps, which use data from MetDesk, show significant snow accumulation across parts of the UK by Tuesday night. The heaviest snow depth is forecast for parts of Scotland, with as much as 15 inches (38cm) of snow depth predicted for some areas. Snow depth is forecast to be widespread across Scotland, but parts of northern England could also see some snow depth too.
Scotland will also see the coldest temperatures, with -10 predicted on Sunday evening. England is also predicted to see several inches of snow, with 5.5 inches forecast on Sunday in East Anglia. The Surrey Hills could also see 4.5 inches by Sunday, according to the new weather charts. And even London could see several centimeters across the weekend.
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Europe's weather forecast
Tonight & February 3
For the rest of the day, 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.
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As it comes to February 3, showers across central and northern Spain. Rain affects western parts of Portugal. Eastern and southern Spain should be fair with the Balearics also be warm and sunny. Italy will have a fine day with more sunshine to come here. Staying fair across Greece with lots of sunshine. A fine day to come to Turkey too.
Periods of showery rain in the west of France but dry with some watery sunshine in the south. Feeling warm across much of southern France too. Wind and rain in the Low Countries and northern Germany, where there will also be a risk of snow. Windy in southern Germany, a few snow showers here. Rain for southern Poland, but some sleet or snow to the north. Hungary should be fair and sunny whilst Hungary and Austria will have some showers or outbreaks of rain.
Wet and windy for the south of Denmark, this rain turning to snow. The Baltic States should be mostly fair with sunny spells. Wind and cold conditions for Finland, a few snow flurries. Sleet and snow for the far south of Sweden but most of the country should be dry, although always a risk of snow flurries on eastern coasts. Fair, dry, and chilly for Norway.
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