UK and Europe Weather forecast Today (Feb 7): Cold air spreads across northern Europe, UK faces deep snow
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UK's weather forecast
Tonight & February 7
Low pressure moves to the south of England on Saturday with high-pressure north of Scotland, allowing for easterly winds to spread to all parts of the country. Snow continues to affect eastern areas of Scotland pushing into central and southern areas with drier conditions towards the west. A mix of rain and sleet, snow possible over higher ground, through northeast England. Rain looks to affect central and southern England, particularly the southeast through the afternoon. This turns increasingly wintry through the evening. Highs at 1C in Scotland but feeling colder in the wind. Highs at 6 to 7C in England, perhaps 8 or 9C to the far south.
A mostly cloudy night across the UK and Ireland with the best of any clear skies to the far northwest tonight. Snow showers feed into eastern parts of England and Scotland while an area of more prolonged, heavier snowfall is expected to develop over southeast England accompanied by very strong winds. This could make for treacherous conditions here. Overnight lows widely at -2 to 2C, -10C in sheltered parts of the Scottish Highlands.
Becoming very cold across the country through Sunday as the east to northeast wind persists. Further snow flurries affecting eastern coasts while more persistent snow continues 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 -1 to 4C overall, but feeling much colder in the wind.
According to Netweather's snow risk chart, parts of Scotland and the northeast of England have a 100 percent risk of snow at 6 pm on Saturday, with parts of Wales, East Anglia, and the southeast showing a moderate risk of between 40-85 percent. The snow risk gradually increases overnight and through Sunday morning, until much of the UK is covered in a 100 percent snow risk. The weather chart shows huge swathes of the UK turn white and red, indicating a very high risk of blizzards. Snow depth maps by WXCharts show parts of England can expect up to 5.5 inches (14cm) by 6 pm on Sunday, with Norwich and Yorkshire seeing the worst of the snow.
Paul Gundersen, the agency's Chief Meteorologist, said Darcy could cause more than a foot of snow. He said: “The UK is in for a notably cold and snowy period over the next week, with very cold air in place over the whole of the UK by Sunday. Showers will see snow accumulating across eastern areas. Within the Amber warning area, more widespread snow is expected and we could see 5 to 10cm of snow quite widely, with a chance that a few places could see 20cm or more. With such severe weather around it’s important to keep up to date with the latest forecast.” From today to Sunday, millions of people will reckon with yellow and amber weather advisories.
Scotland will likely bear the brunt of the storm, with amber alerts predicting up to 30cm of snow in some places. The amber warnings drift south to the coast by Sunday, as Darcy makes landfall. London and the southeast is on course for accumulations up to 10cm. The rest of the country's eastern side should see less snow, with up to 5cm expected widely. A snow and ice warning for the area states snow coverage will vary, with some places more likely to see rain. Part of the warning reads: "Not all locations will see snow, with the showers likely to miss some places altogether."
Outlook for February 8 - 9
Through the weekend a brisk and bitter easterly wind will develop across the country, and freezing air will penetrate throughout lasting through much of next week. Snow flurries are likely to occur in the east, with heavier snowfall possible to the southeast through the weekend. Severe overnight frosts and widespread ice patches could occur when winds are lighter.
A brisk easterly flow on Monday keeps things feeling cold, bitterly cold in areas exposed to the wind Monday. Winds touching gale force at times for coastal parts of eastern Scotland and northeast England. Frequent snow showers blow in across eastern and northern Scotland, eastern England, and eastern parts of Northern Ireland too. The best of the sun to the northwest. High temperatures at just -1 to 3C.
Another cold day on Tuesday with a brisk easterly wind. There will be further snow flurries affecting eastern parts of Scotland, northern England, and Northern Ireland. The best of the sun to the northwest. Cloudier further south with low pressure over the Bay of Biscay threatening to bring more prolonged spells of rain, sleet, and snow into far southern coastal counties of England. Highs at a cold -2 to 2C.
Weather charts show the weather front continues to batter the east coast through Monday, with snowfall expected across much of the UK. The wintry conditions will continue through Tuesday and Wednesday, prompting snow to build up over several days. By 6 am on Thursday morning, parts of Yorkshire can expect up to 18inches (45cm). Parts of East Anglia can expect snow to reach 8inches (22cm), with Wales forecast to receive 5.5inches (14cm). The southeast and London can expect between 1-8cm. Temperature charts by Netweather show the mercury is set to plunge from Sunday, with particularly icy conditions forecast for midweek.
*Also Read: UK and Europe Weather Forecast February 2021: Accurate Average Temperatures, How Sunny or Snowy
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Europe's weather forecast
Tonight & February 7
An area of low pressure over Spain will push patchy rain across the country, clearing western areas and much of Portugal by late today. Largely dry and fine and feeling warm but with a brisk wind across the Balearic Islands. There is the risk of an isolated shower particularly later on in the day. Dry for much of Italy, away from the Alps, and its neighboring islands. Dry and warm for Greece and Turkey too.
France will become cloudier and increasingly wet as the day progresses as an area of low pressure moves in. Driest of conditions to the southeast. Breezy along the coasts. Rain will also push across the Low Countries with brisk winds towards the coasts also. A band of patchy rain, sleet, and snow across central Germany will migrate further north through the day but it will be dry elsewhere. This extends into the Czech Republic and Slovakia too. A dry morning for Switzerland but some rain is expected by the afternoon. Dry for Austria, Hungary, and much of Poland.
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Breezy but mainly dry across Denmark. Feeling cold though. Largely dry and fine with plenty of sunshine across Norway, Sweden, and Finland although some snow showers could affect some coastal regions here. Snow showers are expected through the Baltic States.
According to Weather Online, on February 7, early showers clear to the east of Spain before another area of more persistent, locally heavy, rain spreads into Portugal and western Spain later. Isolated showers for the Balearic Islands. A front brings a locally heavy band of rain to Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, and Italy. This spreads south through the day. A dry and fair day for Greece and Turkey.
Early rain, sleet, and snow clear eastern France with scattered wintry showers following from the west. A wet and windy day for the Low Countries with a wintry mix of the precipitation here. Wintry precipitation affects much of Germany too though the far northeast stays dry but cloudy. Dry and cloudy for northern Poland with snow to the south. Some snowfall across the Alps with a wintry mix of rain, sleet, and snow outbreaks for Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia. Largely dry and fine for Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the Baltic States with scattered wintry showers for coastal areas. Cloudier and breezier for Denmark but staying dry here.
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