UK and Europe Weather Forecast (Today & Tomorrow - March 8): Showers through Mediterranean, Bitter -4C blast hit UK
UK's daily weather forecast
Tonight & March 8
By Sunday, high pressure will have sunk down over southern England. It will continue to be a mainly dry day with a good deal of sunshine across England, Wales, and Ireland, however, Northern Ireland and much of Scotland will see more cloud cover and rain will push across northern Scotland. This generally heaviest to the west but some heavier bursts will develop over northeastern areas later. High temperatures widely at 7 to 10C. Outbreaks of rain continue to affect much of Scotland overnight sinking south along the eastern coast and reaching into northeastern parts of England by morning. Some light, patchy rain also affects the far western fringes of Ireland. Elsewhere it's a dry night with variable amounts of cloud. Overnight lows at 2 to 4C across Scotland, western Ireland, and the northeast of England, more widely at -1 to 1C allowing for a patchy frost to form.
A largely dry day across England and Wales although cloud will build from the north and west through the day. The best of the lasting sunshine over central, southern, and eastern areas. Elsewhere patchy outbreaks of rain will spread eastwards across Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Scotland, these spreading into northeastern parts of England as well at times. Rain locally heavy over northwest Scotland. High temperatures widely at 7 to 10C again.
The UK is braced for freezing temperatures across this weekend, as the country endures a bitter Arctic weather front. According to the latest BBC forecast, there will be a "big chill" over the next 48 hours before a "big weather change arrives". BBC meteorologist Owain Wyn Evans told BBC Breakfast that "it is going to be cold this weekend, and it could feel even colder as the day pushes on". He continued: "We are also sitting in an area of cold air, as you can see in the airmass charts. That has been with us for the last couple of days and it will stay with us for the time being. Our top temperatures will reach about 7C today at best. We see a repeat performance this evening as we see temperatures slide away. The weather front will push its way across Scotland and down the eastern coast, moving down towards the south."
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Outlook for March 9 - 10
Starting dry for most, but rain will soon spread across Ireland and Northern Ireland before pushing eastwards into western areas of England, Scotland, and Wales as the day progresses on March 9. Currently, central and eastern areas will stay mainly dry but increasingly cloudy during the day with rain expected here overnight. Southwesterly winds strengthening to gale force and possibly strong gale force towards the northwest. High temperatures between 7 and 10C.
A wet and cloudy start for southern and southeastern areas of England and Wales before rain eventually clears this region later on March 10. Elsewhere, it will be a day of sunny spells, these best in the east, and blustery showers, these turning into longer spells of rain towards the west. Winds stay strong to gale force strength. Highs at just 7C in Scotland and northern England, more widely at 9 to 13C.
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Snow forecast for later this month
New weather charts and experts have predicted unsettled conditions later this month, which will subsequently cause temperatures to fall across Britain. These conditions are expected to boost the likeliness of snow falling across the UK. In new long-range charts for the UK between Friday, March 19, and Sunday, March 21, large parts of the country are shown turning blue - indicating a growing chance of snow. WXCharts snow prediction models suggest there is a likelihood of up to 50 percent of snow falling across northern Scotland on March 21. Lower predictions across the rest of the UK are forecasted with a 15-25 percent chance of snow falling across northern England and Wales.
There is little chance across the South - despite chilly temperatures. Temperatures across parts of the country could be as low as -4C, WXCharts minimum temperature charts reveal. Across the north of England and Scotland, the charts show temperatures will average -1 across the majority of the UK with temperatures peaking at 2C across the South East on March 19. However, by March 21, most temperatures will sit just above freezing across the UK, averaging 2C.
The Met Office said snow in March “was possible” adding: “In fact, it’s more likely we will get snow in March than in December.” Going into this evening, MeteoGroup says it will be a mostly dry but dull evening with cloudy skies. Spots of drizzle across the far north of Scotland will turn increasingly patchy. Overnight will then be dry with clear spells and variable amounts of cloud cover. Temperatures will peak between 5-8C with light north-easterly winds, the group said.
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Europe's weather forecast
Tonight & March 8
A slightly better day for Spain and Portugal although southern areas and eastern areas could still see some showery outbreaks of rain at times. A few showers through the Balearic Islands but sunny spells too. Sunny spells and showers for Italy and the surrounding islands, some of the showers could merge into longer spells of rain. Showery outbreaks of rain for Greece with a spell of heavy rain pushing across north Turkey.
A largely dry and fine day for France, the Low Countries, and Germany. Scattered showers but also sunny spells for Switzerland and Austria. One or two showers down the Balkan States but largely dry here. Dry but breezy and chilly for Poland, windy along coasts. A mix of rain, sleet, and snow is expected across Norway with a brisk northerly wind. A cold day here. Cold too for Sweden but largely dry, just with some rain, sleet, and snow in the west. A wet day for Finland with sleet and snow for many places. Windy through the Baltic States and feeling cold although it should stay mainly dry. A breezy yet largely dry day across Denmark.
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Portugal should see a mainly dry day but Spain will hang on to the showery rain across central and eastern areas into Sunday. Western areas are drier. Showers, some heavy and thundery, through the Balearic Islands and on over Corsica and Sardinia. Largely dry across mainland Italy but showers moving into western areas later in the day. Mainly dry for Sicily. Showery rain again for Greece but a drier day for Turkey.
Largely dry and fine again for France although some showery rain affecting southern areas. Mainly dry and fine but mist and low cloud should be expected in places for the Low Countries and Germany. Mainly dry for Switzerland and Austria but a few showers developing later in the day here. Dry for the Balkans and much of eastern Europe although a band of rain will push into northern Poland in the afternoon.
Chilly across Scandinavia but drier than of late. Norway will see some snow showers in central areas but mainly dry conditions elsewhere. Largely dry and fine for Sweden. Rain, sleet, and snow will clear southwards across Finland allowing for drier and brighter conditions from the north. Breezy through the Baltics and feeling bitterly cold dragging across a few snow flurries but it will be mostly dry here. Cloudy across Denmark for a time with some patchy light rain but an improving scene from the north.
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