UK and Europe Weather Forecast (Today March 3): Chilly east, mild west in UK, fine much of central Europe
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UK's daily weather forecast

Tonight & March 3

A cold start to the morning with low cloud and fog patches affecting many central and eastern areas of the country on Tuesday. Fair in the west with some sunny spells, although still cold. The low cloud should break and lift in the east through the morning and into the afternoon, most places becoming brighter and dry. Always the chance of some low cloud affecting eastern coasts. Thicker cloud in southwest England bringing some showers and outbreaks of rain here. Highs at 7 to 12C, feeling colder in the east. More low clouds and fog forming in the northern, central, and eastern parts of England through tonight. Clearer skies in northwest England, Scotland, and much of Ireland, these allowing for a widespread frost here. More clouds and some showers in southwest England and the far south of Wales. Lows at 0C under the clearer skies, 4C in southwest England.

A shallow area of low pressure is expected to be crossing the central and southern areas of England on Wednesday. This brings some showery periods of rain across much of southern and eastern Wales as well as central and southern England. These showery bursts of rain are likely to be continuing into the afternoon. Drier in other areas of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, some low cloud and a few spots of drizzle drifting onto eastern coasts of England and Scotland. The best of any sunshine in western Scotland and parts of Ireland. Highs at 8 to 12C for most areas, but 5C on cloudier coasts of northeast England.

UK and Europe Weather Forecast (Today March 3): Chilly east, mild west in UK, fine much of central Europe
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Outlook for March 4 - 5

High-pressure remains in control through the next few days. This brings lots of dry weather with some overnight frosts. Staying dry through the weekend although there are hints of a change next week as pressure falls bringing rain and some showers. Temperatures will be turning colder later in the week and through the weekend although should pick up again next week.

A northeast flow over the UK and Ireland on Thursday. This brings clouds through many central and eastern areas. Some spots of rain and showers in the east too. This area slips south through northeast England and East Anglia through the morning and into the afternoon. Tending to be brighter in the west and south with sunny spells and dry weather. Morning mist and fog patches may affect Scotland and northern England, these clearing. Highs at 5 to 10C.

High-pressure will be sent it over to the UK and Ireland again on Friday. A fair amount of fly through central and eastern areas with some showers over the eastern coast. It will be feeling cold in the brisk north-easterly wind. The best sunshine in central and western Scotland, Ireland, and western Wales. Highs at 5 to 7C.

UK and Europe Weather Forecast (Today March 3): Chilly east, mild west in UK, fine much of central Europe
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Big freeze covers UK to hit this week as temperatures plunge to -4C

The early spring sunshine and mild temperatures seen over the past few days are set to come to an abrupt end this week, as a cold trough of air moves in from the north, followed by a second bout of low pressure. The latest weather charts forecast the mercury is set to plunge to lows of -5C from late Thursday. The chilly conditions also bring an increased risk of snow, with parts of the UK forecast for some wintry showers.

Jim Dale, from the British Weather Services, told Express.co.uk the cold spell is due to the loss of high pressure and a northerly breeze moving in. He said: "The reason for it is we lose the high pressure. We start to pull in a northerly airstream. That has got potential for some sleety or snow showers, especially over the high ground in the north. The weather expert said he doesn't expect a repeat of the conditions seen in early February but said there is "potential for ice and snow warnings as the week goes on, towards the weekend".

Dale said he expects the cold spell to last until the early part of next week. Weather charts show the mercury will dip to lows of -5C in Scotland, with northern England and parts of Wales falling to lows of -2C at midnight on Friday. Further south temperatures are not expected to rise about 4C. By 6 am on Saturday the chilly conditions have become more widespread, with a weather map showing the whole of the UK turns an icy blue. Scotland will see the coldest temperatures with lows of -4C forecast, with -2C averaging across the rest of Britain. The chart, by forecasters Netweather, shows the mercury is not expected to rise above freezing, except for the capital. The freezing conditions are expected to continue throughout much of the day and into Sunday, with a second chart valid for 12 noon on Sunday showing temperatures of between -4C and 1C.

By Monday evening the colder temperatures become more confined to the south of England, with -1C forecast there and temperatures of up to 6C forecast across Scotland. The cold temperatures are set to last for about a week, as the mercury is not expected to rise to double digits again until Sunday, March 14. The cold spell is set to coincide with snowfall in parts of the UK. Snow risk charts by Netweather show the whole of Scotland, parts of northern England, and Wales is set for some snow on Tuesday, March 9 at 6 pm. The map shows northern parts turn white and red, indicating between an 80-100 percent snow risk. Other parts are covered by green and yellow colorings, which shows a more moderate snow risk, of between is 30-70 percent, is forecast.

UK and Europe Weather Forecast (Today March 3): Chilly east, mild west in UK, fine much of central Europe
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Europe's weather forecast

Tonight & March 3

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.

A scattering of showers in central parts of Spain on Wednesday. Fair for much of Portugal and for the east of Spain. Italy, Corsica, and Sardinia are likely to be dry too with plenty of sunshine. Fair for Greece, more sunshine here. Breezy and sunny in the west of Turkey but some showers and rain in eastern Turkey, this extending into Cyprus too.

Showers across northern and northwestern France. Fair in the south and east of France. Dry with sunny spells in the Low Countries. Germany and Poland should be fair with more sunshine to come here. Staying fair in Hungary, Austria, and Switzerland with morning fog slowly clearing. Denmark will have some good spells of sunshine. Breezy with sunny spells across the Baltic States and southern Sweden too. Breezy with rain and sleet in Finland. Breezy with some snow showers in northern Sweden. Rain, sleet, and snow in central and northern Norway. Fair in the south.

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