UK weather: Snow and cold temperatures forecast by Met Office
Snow has been forecast for London today as a weather warning has been issued for the capital and the south-east as ice and snowy downpours are expected to slam into the city. The Met Office is predicting wintry showers to fall across London this weekend, with a 50 to 60 percent chance of sleet or snow. In a rare occurrence for London, the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the area.
The warning reads: “An area of rain, sleet and snow will move into the southeast England from the west on Sunday morning, lingering here for much of the day before gradually clearing Sunday night.
“One to three cm of snow is possible in some places, mainly above 100m, with icy stretches forming as this arrives – some permitting during the day or reforming as the precipitation clears during the evening.”
The weather forecaster predicts some roads and railways are likely to be affected with journeys by car, bus and train all expected to take longer.
Londoners are being urged to watch out for icy patches on some untreated roads which could lead to injury by slipping or falling.
When will it snow in London today?
According to a snow risk map from net weather, London should start seeing it fall around midday on Sunday.
Snow is expected to get heavier throughout the afternoon, particularly between three to 6pm, before dissipating at around 3am Monday morning.
The Met Office has similar predictions, forecasting the snow to start falling around 12pm before starting to move out at about 8pm.
The snow in London will largely be concentrated in the east and western regions of the city.
Boroughs in central London tend to miss out on snowfall in the capital this year, but this could change today.
In the east, Havering is expected to see snow all day long with peaks occurring at 2pm and 4pm, according to the BBC.
The Met Office agreed with the BBC’s forecast, placing Havering’s strongest snowfall through the same period, with it potentially stopping at 7pm.
The northern borough of Enfield has the heaviest predicted snow of all the London regions, according to the BBC.
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The white stuff will fall all day in Enfield, with the peaks expected at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. Hillingdon in the west is also predicted a strong day of snow.
In this borough, the Met Office predicts snow will start at about 11am, lasting throughout the day until around 4pm, with its peak expected at 2pm.
Croydon is expected to see very little snow, according to the forecaster, which will likely be contained between the hours of 12pm to 2pm.
While the snow isn’t expected to last, London’s weather will take a chilly turn in the coming weeks.
The Met Office outlook for Monday reads: “A cold and frosty morning with bright or sunny spells, overnight fog only slowly clearing.
“Staying bright into the afternoon, but still cold and perhaps becoming breezy across Kent later. Maximum temperature 5C.”
For Tuesday to Thursday, the outlook reads: “Cold and frosty start to Tuesday with fog slow to clear, rain pushing into west later.
“Occasionally heavy rain and milder temperatures sweeping eastwards through Wednesday. Wet, windy, but milder on Thursday.”
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