UK and Europe Weather forecast Today (Feb 5): Freezing air from Scandinavia, heavy rain in Portugal
Some areas have been warned of avalanches (Photo: WX Charts)

UK's weather forecast

Tonight & February 5

Further snow affecting much of central, eastern, and southern Scotland through today. More accumulations are likely and these will be significant across the hills. An area of rain in the far north of England as well as northern western Ireland. A further area of heavy rain across southern and southeastern England during this morning this tending to fade into the afternoon. A few showers in the west of Wales. Drive across East Wales and the rest of England although always staying rather cloudy. A cold day for Scotland at 2 to 4C, milder for most of England, Wales, and Ireland at 7 to 9C.

Snow will continue across central and eastern Scotland overnight, as well as southern Scotland. Drier for northern and western Scotland although staying cold here. A few snow showers in Orkney and Shetland too. Wet across Ireland as an area of rain moved eastwards and this will be moving into Wales and then Northwest England through the night. Turning wetter in the Midlands as well. Drier across southern England. Lows at 2 to 5C for many, -3C in central Scotland.

An area of low pressure is expected to be over Ireland tomorrow. It will be cloudy and wet across much of Ireland, northern England, and Scotland. The rain will be falling as snow across much of central, eastern, and southern Scotland with significant accumulation is occurring. Disruption is likely to continue because of the snow. A further area of rain, some of it heavy will be crossing southern and southeastern England through the late morning and afternoon. Generally drier across Wales and much of the north and West Midlands as well as parts of northern England. Highs at 9C in the south, 7C in Northern Ireland, and 2C in eastern and northern Scotland.

Low-pressure is expected to be across the UK and Ireland on Friday. There will be more snow across the central, northern, and eastern parts of Scotland. Wet in Ireland and parts of southern Scotland too. Some showers across Wales and Southwest England as well as Northwest England. Tending to be drier in other areas and brighter too, with the best of the sunshine in central and eastern parts of England. Windy in northern Scotland. Highs at 8C in southern England, but a colder 2C in Scotland and 5C in northern England and Ireland.

UK and Europe Weather forecast Today (Feb 5): Freezing air from Scandinavia, heavy rain in Portugal
Lows (river of storms) coming in from the Atlantic to clash with cold air (Photo: WX Charts)

Outlook for February 6 - 7

According to Weather Online, UK weather will be turning much colder as we head into the weekend. Easterly winds develop across all parts of the country and these will be bringing much colder weather to all areas. There will be some snow flurries particularly affecting the eastern coast and hills. Further areas of sleet and snow may affect the far south of Ireland and Southwest England. Severe overnight frost could occur when winds are lighter.

Low-pressure to the south of England on Saturday with high-pressure north of Scotland. The strong easterly flow continues to blow snow into central and eastern parts of Scotland, these affecting the high ground of north-east England too. Mostly rain across northeastern England. Another area of rain in southern Wales and Southwest England. Scatter showers for eastern Ireland but dry in the west. Drier and brighter over inland areas of England. Highs at 2C in Scotland, 7C in England.

Becoming very cold through Sunday as the east to north-east wind persists. Further snow flurries affecting eastern coasts, perhaps most persistent across East Anglia and parts of Southeast England. Always tending to be drier and brighter in the west which is where the best of any sunshine will be. Highs at 0 to 4C overall, but feeling much colder in the wind.

UK and Europe Weather forecast Today (Feb 5): Freezing air from Scandinavia, heavy rain in Portugal
Photo: Weather Online

Heavy snow forecast: UK on alert for 'biggest snow event'

People living near the Scottish mountains are warned heavy snow will bring the risk of avalanches to the region as the UK braces for a repeat of the devastating 2018 Beast from the East. The cold plunge will be driven in part by a massive storm over Russia and Siberia which has jolted weather patterns over the northern hemisphere and threatens to push temperatures to -20C after the weekend. A two-pronged attack will see a train of low-pressure systems charge in from the Atlantic clashing with cold air over Britain and dumping almost two feet of snow in parts.

Temperatures will start to plummet through the weekend as forecasters warn to brace for a ‘real shock’ at the start of next week. James Madden, the forecaster for Exacta Weather, said: “We will see a significant snow event spreading across large parts of the country into the early part of next week. As low-pressure clashes with a cold north-easterly wind, widespread and lasting snow will cover large swathes of the country, particularly across the north and east. Even southern regions, including the capital, could see some frequent and potentially heavy snow at times. Next week will come as a real shock after the recent mild conditions. This is likely to be the biggest and most disruptive snow event of the season so far for the UK.”

A perfect storm of atmospheric conditions colliding at once will pull freezing conditions towards Britain from Russia and Siberia, forecasters say. High-pressure building over Scandinavia this week will drive easterly winds into western Europe and the UK. Britain is likely to face a repeat of the crippling snowstorms which brought road closures, power cuts, and travel mayhem during the start of spring 2018.

UK and Europe Weather forecast Today (Feb 5): Freezing air from Scandinavia, heavy rain in Portugal
Photo: Weather Online

Europe's weather forecast

Tonight & February 5

Heavy showers across Portugal and western parts of Spain. Fair in eastern Spain with plenty of sunshine. Very warm weather in central parts of the Mediterranean. Greece will be fine too with more sunshine. Further sunshine and warm west in Turkey for the rest of today.

Some heavy showers in western France for in eastern and southern France with lots of sunshine. Further showers in the Low Countries. Thundery showers in central and western Germany. eastern parts of Germany should be fine. More sunshine to come across Poland. Hungary will be fair with lots of sunshine. Scattered showers in northern Austria with lots of sunshine in Switzerland.

Cloud and rain in Denmark. The Baltic States will be cold with lots of sunshine. More sunshine to come in Finland, a few wintry showers. Further snow showers along the eastern coasts of Sweden, fair for other areas. Scattered snow showers in northern Norway, fair in the far south of Norway.

UK and Europe Weather forecast Today (Feb 5): Freezing air from Scandinavia, heavy rain in Portugal
EU's chance of snow on February 5 (Photo: Weather Online)

Rain, some of it heavy across Portugal and the west of Spain tomorrow. Sunny and warm for eastern Spain and the Balearics. Corsica and Sardinia will be warm with lots of sunshine and it will be staying warm and sunny across Italy too. Lots of sunshine to come for Greece and for most of Turkey and staying dry.

Cloud through central parts of France bringing some showers here. Brighter in southern France and warm as well. Some broken cloud for the north of France, a few showers in the north-west. The Low Countries will have broken cloud and will be mostly dry was Germany will have some rain in the north and showers through central areas. Poland will be dry with some sunshine and it should stay dry with lots of sunshine in Hungary. Austria and Switzerland should both be dry too.

breezy with some rain in the far south of Denmark but mostly fine for most of the country. Sweden should be mostly dry with sunshine in the south although a few showers could affect the eastern coast. The Baltic states will be breezy and cold whilst Finland also stays cold and breezy with a fair amount of cloud. Norway is going to remain cold with some snow showers in the north but southern areas should be dry.

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