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UK Forecast: Mainly Dry - Chilly, Feb 20 - 09:15

Wednesday Mainly dry conditions will dominate across much of the British Isles as high pressure dominates the weather bringing bright or sunny spells and variable cloud. Cooler, if not rather chilly, especially compared with earlier in the week with frost likely early and late in the day. Highs 3C to 7C.

Wednesday Night Into Wednesday evening and it will remain dry for much of the British Isles and beneath clear skies it will turn chilly with a likely frost, especially in the countryside. Low risk of a few wintry flurries developing across SE England. Lows -1C to 3C.

Thursday Colder for all on Thursday but with still a lot of dry weather as high pressure continues to dominate the weather. Few showers in the south-east, perhaps wintry and may be some patchy rain across the extreme north-west of Scotland. Otherwise dry, sunny and chilly with frosty conditions early and late in the day. Highs 2C to 6C.

Friday Increasing confidence that cold conditions will develop during Friday as the easterly winds continue. It brings isolated light snow flurries into some south-eastern areas, whilst the north and west should be drier but still cold despite some sunny spells. Winds E'ly for most, perhaps moderate or fresh in the south and east, but still more S or SW'ly in the far west and north-west of the British Isles. Highs at 1C to 4C, widespread frosts.

Morning Call: Damp East - Drier West, Feb 20 - 04:45

Cloudy and damp in the east, drier and brighter elsewhere Good morning, It's a mostly cloudy and damp morning across eastern areas of England areas of England with some low cloud and murky conditions. Elsewhere it is mainly dry with some bright or sunny spells, especially across Scotland, Ireland, NW England and Wales.

Through the afternoon and mostly cloudy and damp conditions with some nuisance value patchy light rain and drizzle will continue across eastern areas of England, especially E Anglia. However, much of the British Isles will have a dry afternoon with some bright or sunny spells and variable cloud and feeling cooler than previous days.

Into Tuesday evening and overnight and rather cloudy conditions will prevail across east and south-east England with still some patchy light rain or drizzle. Elsewhere remaining dry and fine with clear spells and a chilly night with some rural frost possible in the north and west.

Matthew

Week ahead: Cold and Wintry - Perhaps Very Cold Later, Feb 20 - 09:14

Cold and dry initially, but then perhaps very cold with snow risk next week

For the weather for the next few days click here Friday 23/2/18 Increasing confidence that cold conditions will develop during Friday as the easterly winds continue. It brings isolated light snow flurries into some south-eastern areas, whilst the north and west should be drier but still cold despite some sunny spells. Winds E'ly for most, perhaps moderate or fresh in the south and east, but still more S or SW'ly in the far west and north-west of the British Isles. Highs at 1C to 4C, widespread frosts.

Saturday 24/2/18 Staying cold and rather cloudy in a stiff east or south-easterly wind on Saturday. Further snow flurries are likely, especially in eastern areas with the best of any brightness in the north and west. Low to medium risk now of very cold weather arriving from the east later in the day with a greater risk of snow showers. Highs 1C to 4C.

Sunday 25/2/18 Increasingly confidence for very cold weather to filter into the British Isles, from the east, through the day. Snow flurries possible in the south and east and these perhaps becoming more widespread and heavier late in the day. Still mainly dry though further north and west with some sunny spells. Moderate or fresh E or ENE'ly wind for many, but SE'ly in the far north and west. Marked wind-chill factor too. Highs 0C to 4C.

Monday 26/2/18 It is likely that blocked weather pattern remain with winds either from the east or north-east, moderate or perhaps fresh too and with a significant wind-chill factor, perhaps feeling bitterly cold. Frequent snow showers possible in south and eastern areas, perhaps spreading inland through the day given the breeze with some accumulations. Highs 0C to 3C, widespread harsh frosts and icy conditions.

Tuesday 27/2/18 Low confidence but a likely continuation of the very wintry weather is likely across many areas of the British Isles with perhaps a more widespread risk of snow by this point, perhaps with locally significant accumulations. Risk of a bitterly cold easterly winds continue, widespread frosts and icy conditions. Highs -1C to 3C. Wednesday 28/2/18 Low confidence regarding the details in particular, but it is likely that the very cold weather will persist bringing further wintry conditions, perhaps with some significant snow for some areas and widespread frequent harsh frosts by night. Highs -1C to 3C.

Month ahead: Valid from 17/02 to 16/03 2018 - Valid from 17/02 to 16/03 2018, Feb 15 - 14:12

A cold and mixed start, then drier and mixed and milder after mid-March Strong indications of colder weather to close February and to start March. There is a risk of some wintry precipitation too;. March may well change in the middle of the month to see temperatures closer to average and drier weather in the south whilst the north becomes wetter. *17/2/18 - 23/2/18* Higher pressure building. This should bring drier conditions. Tending to turn cooler through the wek as the east wind increases. The risk fo some rain on eastern coasts, perhaps turning wintry later in the week. *24/2/18 - 2/3/18* Low confidence in the forecast for this week. At the present time we suspect the cold conditions continue with a risk of it becoming very cld at times. A brisk easterly flow. Watch for risk of some wintry weather in southern UK. *3/3/18 - 9/3/18* Could be wintry for a while this week. Risk of sleet or snow, most in the south. Could be remaining cold throughout. Breezy. *10/3/18 - 16/3/18* More unsettled weather and chilly. Most rain to south but drier to the north? Could turn milder later in the week. *17/3/18 to 23/3/18* Perhaps a milder week with winds from the west or southwest. Drier to the south with sunny spells, but some rain in the north and west. **ends** Simon Keeling Email me at simon.keeling@weatheronline.co.uk

Seasonal outlook: Unsettled March? - Better April, Jan 29 - 01:37

*March* Current ideas for March support a fairly average start to the month. There will be some rain to the north and west. However, the jet stream is expected to become established and this wil tend to bring a wetter month overall with bands of rain and strong winds sweeping from west to east. A tendency for Ireland and the southern half of the UK to see the wettest weather. *April* An improvement in conditions early in April. Becoming drier and brighter with higher pressure building. Than not a bad month overall with drier weather and warm too. Simon Keeling

Europe forecast: Unsettled South - Very Cold In the North, Feb 20 - 04:44

Cold, if not very cold weather will develop across northern areas of Europe, unsettled and milder in the south Tuesday Through into Tuesday and low pressure remains slow moving through much of the Med bringing a particularly disturbed period of weather here with heavy rain, downpours, local thunder and along with some significant snowfall for the Alps. Parts of Italy in particular look set to see some significant rainfall totals, while heavy showers and thunderstorms extend eastwards towards Greece and surrounding areas. High pressure is more influential across northern areas of Europe, but with some flurries across Poland and up towards Finland and Sweden where very cold weather will develop through the day with some particularly extreme minimum temperatures likely on Tuesday night.

Wednesday Into Wednesday and high pressure becomes influential across much of England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland leading to drier and colder conditions. Equally high pressure is expected across much of Scandinavia, with some very cold weather developing across Sweden and Finland in particular, bitterly cold in fact with snow flurries here and also with some flurries extending down into Poland and some other eastern areas of Europe. Germany and more central areas of Europe will be cold and dry with some sunny spells and a cold E'ly wind. Similarly rather cold but mainly dry across much of Spain and Portugal. However, much of the Med, especially in and around Italy will continue to be dominated by low pressure bringing showers, longer spells of rain, local thunderstorms and some snow to the Alps.

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