UK and Europe Weather forecast Today (Jan 30): Strong winds across UK, rain in northern Spain
Met Office warns of 'significant disruption' (Photo: Getty)

UK's weather forecast

Tonight & January 30

Plenty of cloud around for many areas of the British Isles on Friday morning. There will be some rain, sleet, and snow affecting the central and eastern parts of Scotland. A further area of showery rain across Wales, central and southern England, and rather breezy here too. Brighter for Ireland with some scattered showers. This afternoon sees some brightest guys across much of England and Wales after any showers clear. It should become dry across much of Scotland too with sunshine and much colder air in the north. Ireland will see scattered showers across northern areas but overall should be dry with some bright spells. Highs at 10C in central and southern England, 3C in northern Scotland.

Therefore, tonight, a severe frost in Scotland and parts of northern England through tonight. Cloud increases for Ireland, England, and Wales with the wind picking up too. Rain quickly spreads from the south to be affecting match of Ireland, Wales as well as central and southern parts of England by morning. The rain could become heavy at times especially on hills where it will also be turning to snow across the high ground of Northern Ireland and Wales. Lows at -8C in central Scotland, 6C in southwest England.

As low pressure crosses southern England, tomorrow will bring strong winds and wet weather across much of Ireland, Wales, Central, eastern and southern England on Saturday. The rain increasingly turning to sleet and snow as it meets colder air across central Ireland, Wales, and the Midlands. Several centimeters of snow is likely over high ground and there may even be some at low levels in these areas. Colder and drier across the far north of England and Scotland although always a fair amount of cloud. Highs at 3 to 5C for most, 9C in southern England and Ireland.

UK and Europe Weather forecast Today (Jan 30): Strong winds across UK, rain in northern Spain
MET warnings for snow and rain this weekend. (Photo: Express)

Outlook for January 31

A weak reach of high-pressure builds across the British Isles on Sunday giving a widespread frost. This should bring a drier and colder day to all. There will be some bright or sunny spells especially at first. A few snow showers affecting northern and eastern Scotland as well as northeast England.

Thicker cloud brings rain into Southwest Ireland and eventually Southwest England later in the afternoon. The winds will be increasing here too. A general increase of cloud across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Highs around 2 to 5C, but 10C in the Isles of Scilly and 7C in southwest Ireland.

*Also Read: UK and Europe Weather Forecast February 2021: Accurate Average Temperatures, How Sunny or Snowy

February Forecast: Snow battering the UK

Brian Gaze at The Weather Outlook warned high-pressure building over the north of the UK from either Greenland or Scandinavia could lead to "bitterly cold" conditions and snow battering the UK next month. He told Express.co.uk: "I'm keeping a close eye on the middle third of February. It's too early to be certain but there is a chance of a very cold period of weather."

"In fact, mid-February can often bring the coldest weather of the winter to the UK. Some computer models are showing high-pressure building strongly to the north of the UK (either Greenland or Scandinavia) and both those scenarios would lead to the possibility of it turning bitterly cold."

"The attached charts from today's GFS 06z model run illustrate the Greenland high-pressure scenario leading to a bitterly cold northeasterly flow. There would be a risk of snow developing, particularly as weather fronts in the Atlantic started to push eastwards into the cold air over the UK."

The coldest day of this winter was December 30 2020 when it hit -10.2C in Dalwhinnie in Scotland. The Met Office confirmed the coldest day of 2021 so far was on January 6, when -12.3C hit Loch Glascarnoch in Scotland.

UK and Europe Weather forecast Today (Jan 30): Strong winds across UK, rain in northern Spain
MET warnings for Saturday. (Photo: Express)

UK Weekend snow map

The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for some areas as “significant disruption” is expected. Travel disruption is expected across the country as the severe weather settles in today and on Saturday, with four yellow warnings currently in place. Large swathes of the UK were blanketed in snow last weekend, with severe flooding seen down the River Severn as Storm Christoph wreaked havoc.

The Met Office has placed a yellow warning across parts of central Scotland and the Highlands for snow, warning that rural communities may become cut off, power cuts are possible and transport services were likely to be affected.

Two more warnings are in place for Friday and Saturday - one for rain across the east coast of Scotland affecting Aberdeen down to Dundee, and another covering Cornwall, Devon, and Plymouth. The warning for rain in Devon and Cornwall is repeated on Saturday, along with another for snow across much of Wales and areas in central England, including Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.

Around 3-7cm of snow are expected on Saturday across areas such as Derby, Leicester, Oxford, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Monmouthshire Wrexham, and Caerphilly - but up to 20cm could be seen in some areas. The warning reads: “An area of rain pushing in from the southwest through the early morning will readily turn to snow in places as it encounters colder air.

The Environment Agency has issued 53 flood warnings as well as 226 flood alerts. Despite the miserable weather we’ve been having, brighter days are on the horizon, with temperatures set to increase in most areas following the weekend.

UK and Europe Weather forecast Today (Jan 30): Strong winds across UK, rain in northern Spain
UK weather, January 30 (Photo: Weather Online)

Europe's weather forecast

January 30

Fine through Portugal and Spain again today. More sunshine in the Balearics. Sunshine and showers over Italy, some of the showers will be heavy. Further heavy showers in western parts of Greece, drier and brighter to the east. Fair in western Turkey, rain in eastern parts of Turkey.

Mixed across France with rain to the north and east. Some rain in the far south too. Cloudy elsewhere and mostly dry. Rain across the Low Countries and through central Germany. Eastern Germany should be dry. Poland is going to be cold with sunny spells. Rain and some snow in Hungary. Austria and Switzerland will be wintry with periods of snow, some of it is heavy, said Weather.com

UK and Europe Weather forecast Today (Jan 30): Strong winds across UK, rain in northern Spain
Europe weather on January 30. (Photo: Weather Online)

Fair in Denmark and cool here. Some heavy snow showers in the Baltic States. Further snow showers and strong winds in Finland. Some snow showers affecting eastern parts of Sweden. Staying cold in Norway with sunny spells and some snow showers.

According to Weather Online, rain in northern Spain. Some showers through central and southern parts of Spain. The Balearics should be bright with sunny spells. Fair across most of Italy, a few showers in the west. Breezy for Greece scattered showers in the west but heavier showers in the east. Thundery rain in western and southern Turkey could lead to some flooding.

Unsettled in France with periods of heavy rain across France. More rain into the Low Countries. Rain, sleet, and some snow in western parts of Germany but fair in the east. Rain for southern Poland, fair in the north. Rain across Hungary, fair in Austria. Some rain and snow in the west.

Fair and cold in Denmark with good spells of sunshine. Some snow for the Baltic States. Cloud and some snow showers to come across Finland. Further snow showers in eastern Sweden. Cold again with snow in the north and west but fair to the south.

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