UK and Europe Weather Forecast (Today March 2): UK braces for heavy thundery rains, Spain see sunny spells
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UK's daily weather forecast

Tonight & March 2

High pressure is centered to the east of the UK on Monday. A patchy light frost is possible in any particularly sheltered spots. Mist and fog patches should burn off through the morning. A generally dry and fine day for most with plenty of sunshine about and feeling mild too, although the far north of Scotland could see more cloud cover. Highs at 9 to 13C. A largely dry and clear night across the UK and Ireland but where the cloud is thicker across the Northern Isles there could be a spot or two of light rain or drizzle here. Under the clear skies and light winds expect mist and fog patches again and a slight frost is possible across some northern and western areas. Overnight lows at 1 to 4C for most.

High pressure stays to the east on Tuesday. A weak area of low pressure pushes northwards towards southwest England allowing for cloud cover to thicken here and outbreaks of showery rain to push in later in the day across the southwest of England and South Wales. Elsewhere should remain dry and fine with a good amount of sunshine although the far north of Scotland and the Northern Isles will again see more clouds. Another mild day for all with highs between 9 to 13C and reaching 14 or 15C in the southeast corner of England.

UK and Europe Weather Forecast (Today March 2): UK braces for heavy thundery rains, Spain see sunny spells
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Outlook for March 3 - 4

Largely dry with sunshine but with some cloudier days and possible showers. Mild initially then temperatures drop back slightly. The UK continues to hang on to a strong area of high pressure with initially milder maximums. Temperatures slide back to more average values later in the week. Some cloudy skies and possible showers at times but mostly dry weather. Expect frosty nights towards the end of the week and weekend.

Pressure stays generally high through Wednesday although it will be cloudy with outbreaks of showery rain across central and southern England including the southeast, southwest, and parts of Wales. Dry and fine elsewhere although cloud will build across the far north of Scotland. Another mild day even under the cloud cover. High temperatures at 9 to 14C.

Thursday will start off with a touch of frost across parts of central and southern Scotland into northern England. Cloud will build across the country through the day with showers developing down mainly eastern regions of the UK, although expect some showers to continue across parts of Wales and the southwest of England. It a cooler day for some due to the cloud cover and NE'ly wind direction. Highs at 5 to 9C in the north and east and between 9 and 13C in the south and west.

UK and Europe Weather Forecast (Today March 2): UK braces for heavy thundery rains, Spain see sunny spells
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UK braces for heavy and thundery rains as temperatures drop again

The BBC Weather forecaster said the week will start off dry but the low cloud will cause some frost to return in the early mornings. Carol Kirkwood noted most regions will experience a fair bit of sunshine once the cloud lifts but noted temperatures will have fallen compared to the weekend. Kirkwood said: "First thing this morning, here's the low cloud, the mist, and the fog. Through the morning it could well extend as far west as eastern parts of Wales but should break up its southern boundary and the sun will come out.

There will be a lot of dry weather, a fair bit of sunshine, there's cloud across northern Scotland pushing north into the Northern Isles. Temperatures between 7C and 11C. And those are the temperatures if you're stuck under the low cloud, mist, and fog for much of the day. Through this evening and overnight, if anything, the low cloud, mist, and fog become more extensive. Over towards the west, there'll be some breaks in the cloud and that means temperatures will fall here to the lowest values." Kirkwood continued: "It looks like there's going to be some frost around as well but whichever way you look at it if you're stepping out first thing in the morning, it is going to feel a bit chilly. Through tomorrow, high pressure is still with us, drifting into the North Sea a bit more, still breezy along the south coast, and then we have this little frontal system approaching, which will introduce some showers. We start off with all this low cloud, mist, and fog. Towards the west, this is where we'll see the best of the breaks, later in the day we could see some of those across southern areas as well and the sunshine will come out."

The BBC Weather meteorologist added: "The cloud sticking to parts of northern Scotland and sticking to parts of eastern England as well. Some of those showers coming in across the southwest will extend into South Wales, we could see one or two across the Midlands. They can also be heavy and thunder. It will once again be cloudy on Wednesday after a widespread misty and foggy start. Light showers should move eastwards into Wales and south-west England during the morning and they move across to south-east England in the afternoon. Cloudy, with patchy rain in the south-east of England and East of Scotland on Thursday. Brian Gaze at Weather Outlook warned winter could return to the UK from next week, with an "increasing Atlantic influence" hitting by the middle of March.

UK and Europe Weather Forecast (Today March 2): UK braces for heavy thundery rains, Spain see sunny spells
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Europe's weather forecast

Tonight & March 2

With low pressure to the northwest of Spain expect cloudy skies along with outbreaks of rain to northern Spain and across Portugal. Sunny spells but also some showers elsewhere across Spain. Largely dry but breezy through the Balearic Islands. Mostly dry and fine for Italy but with a few showers across Sicily. Scattered showers across Greece. Cloud and patchy rain moving into north Turkey later.

Dry and fine, although with some morning mist and fog patches, across northern and central Europe. East Europe too will be largely dry and sunny although southern parts of Poland first thing will see cloud and rain. This will soon clear. Windy and wet with a mix of rain, sleet, and snow for northern and western parts of Norway. Largely dry across Sweden but with a steady westerly wind and a mix of rain, sleet, and snow affecting far western areas here. Some patchy rain, sleet, and snow too across northern and central Finland. Dry with sunny spells further south here. Dry and fine through the Baltic States and Denmark.

Spain and Portugal will see sunny spells but also scattered showers. A brisk wind down the southeastern coast of Spain and through the Balearic islands where it should stay mainly dry and fine although one or two showers are possible. Mainly dry and sunny through Italy although again the odd isolated shower cannot be ruled out in the far south. Sunshine and morning showers across Greece then a drier afternoon. Cloudier skies and patchy rain for Turkey.

Another dry and fine day across much of Europe, away from mist and fog patches as winds remain light. Possible thicker cloud and some light rain for the far northwest tip of France however. Rain, sleet, and snow to the north of Norway continue on Tuesday but winds will be lighter. Largely dry across Sweden and Finland with mist and fog likely towards more southern locations. A dry and fine day through the Baltic States and Denmark but again mist and fog patches are likely.

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