UK and Europe Weather Forecast (Today March 4): Cold northern Europe with snow, mainly fair Mediterranean
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UK's daily weather forecast

Tonight & March 4

Broken plowed through Wednesday morning across many parts of the country. There will be a thicker cloud affecting eastern areas with a risk of some fog on coasts. The best of any sunshine in western Scotland and Northern Ireland. An area of showery rain affects southern Wales and southern England. This will be moving eastwards through the Midlands and into East Anglia and southeast England through the afternoon. Further low cloud and some fog patches affecting eastern coasts of England, the best sunshine still for western Scotland and Ireland. Highs at a cold 6C over coasts of northeast England, 13C in southern England.

Outbreaks of rain across much of the southern half of England tonight. This will gradually fade from western areas as the night progresses. A further area of showery rain will move into North East Scotland. Fog patches and low clouds along the eastern coast of England, bringing a few outbreaks of drizzle here. Drier in the west with clearer sies developing. Lows near 2 to 4C.

Thursday is set to be a cold day for many. A cold front will be bringing a few showery outbreaks of rain to Scotland, northern and eastern England through the morning. This then edges south into the Midlands and East Anglia as well as Northern Ireland through the afternoon. Broken cloud and mostly dry further south with a few bright spells. Sunny skies arriving through Scotland and northeast England. Yet colder air will follow with the brighter skies in the north. Highs at 4C in northeast Scotland, widely 6 to 8C, but 10C in southwest England and southwest Ireland.

UK and Europe Weather Forecast (Today March 4): Cold northern Europe with snow, mainly fair Mediterranean
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Outlook for March 5 - 6

A cold day with high pressure is centered over the British Isles on Friday. This brings plenty of dry weather with sunny spells, although a widespread morning frost is likely. Always more cloud affecting eastern coasts of England with the best of any sunshine in western parts of Wales and Scotland. Some cloud in western and southern Ireland bringing one or two showers here. Highs at 5 to 7C.

Pressure stays high across the country on Saturday. A widespread early frost. There will be some areas of cloud floating around, most of them affecting the eastern and southern parts of England. Further cloud could affect western Ireland and western Scotland. Some morning fog patches, but these will clear away to leave many areas bright and dry throughout. Highs at 5 to 8C.

UK and Europe Weather Forecast (Today March 4): Cold northern Europe with snow, mainly fair Mediterranean
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Greenland system to trigger -4C freeze

On Wednesday morning, weather maps from WXCHARTS quickly turn icy blue as the cold weather front quickly sweeps in across the country. Minimum temperatures are forecast to fall to as low as freezing in Scotland, as well as in the northeast and northwest of England, and to as low as 3C in southern parts of the country. The mercury will recover throughout the afternoon as minimum temperatures rise to as high as 11C in and around London and the south coast, but barely hitting 2C in southern areas of Scotland.

However, the bitterly cold weather really begins to bite heading into Wednesday evening, with minimum temperatures in some parts of the UK threatening to plummet below freezing in an unwanted start to spring. The mercury will fall to freezing in large parts of Scotland and heading from the evening into the early hours of Thursday, the weather map from WXCHARTS quickly turns icy blue, with a -1C forecast in a small part of northwest England. Thursday afternoon will remain bitterly cold, with minimum temperatures struggling to break through the freezing barrier and hitting just 5C in parts of southern England. But the mercury quickly plummets heading into the evening, falling to as low as -2C in some parts of Scotland while during the early hours of Friday and heading into that morning, mush of the UK map from WXCHARTS returns to the dreaded icy blue color.

Minimum temperatures will nosedive to as low as -4C in areas of northern Scotland and to just -3C in some parts of Wales while struggling to get above freezing around London and areas of southern England. While minimum temperatures will warm slightly by just a few degrees throughout the afternoon, much of the weather map from WXCHARTS again turns icy blue, with the mercury plummeting to just -2C in larges swathes of the country. The early hours of Saturday morning will remain bitterly cold, with minimum temperatures remaining below freezing for most of the country until the early part of the afternoon. Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern warned of a dramatic change in temperatures during Thursday evening and heading into Friday as "winter bites back".

He said while presenting the forecaster's look for the week ahead: "This is a marked cold front and we're going to see a big temperature difference as cold air spreads across the country during Thursday night and into Friday. "These blue colors returning, so winter bites back, you could say on Friday, but it is biting back with high pressure across the UK, so it will be a dry day for the vast majority." Netweather meteorologist Jo Farrow warned of a cold front from Greenland that will bring showers from the north that will turn wintry and then to snow, with flurries on lower levels and a few centimeters over the Scottish mountains and the top of the Pennines. These sleet and snow flurries could even reach down to the North York Moors while a bitterly cold wind will being a "distinct chill by day and there will be a widespread frost on Thursday night".

UK and Europe Weather Forecast (Today March 4): Cold northern Europe with snow, mainly fair Mediterranean
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Europe's weather forecast

Tonight & March 4

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.

Rain, heavy at times in Portugal. Showers in northern Spain. Fair in eastern, central, and southern parts of Spain. Some showers in the Balearics and Sardinia. Italy should be fair with good spells of sunshine here. Turkey will be fine with more sunshine here. An area of rain through central and southern France, this being rather showery. Drier in northern France and feeling cold. Staying cold across the Netherlands and northern Germany as well as northern Poland. Rain in central and southern Poland. Hungary and Austria should be dry with sunny spells. Rain in Switzerland. Cold in Denmark with dry weather and sunny spells. Scattered snow showers for the Baltic States and Finland. Staying cold across Sweden too. Frequent snow showers in northern and western Norway, drier and brighter to the south.

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