BBC Weather: Europe set for sleet and snow
Britain has been hit by heavy snow showers and temperatures have plummeted to record-breaking lows of -23C this month. The latest weather charts show more bitterly cold air will engulf the UK later this month and into early March, with an increased threat of further snow showers. The updated snow probability maps produced by WXcharts, show the whole of the UK turning blue on March 1 – as freezing-air sweeps eastwards from Europe.
The forecast shows large parts of the UK could see wintry flurries in just over a fortnight – with the risk of snow as high as 40 percent in some areas.
Northwestern parts of England and Scotland have the biggest threat of experiencing snowfall, according to the charts, as an area of dark-blue engulfs these regions.
BBC Weather’s long-range outlook warns of a “very cold easterly blast” during the first week of March, and says forecasters are monitoring signals of a return of the “Beast from the East”.
The BBC outlook from March 1 says: “We expect the colder, more blocked weather pattern with abundant high pressure to stick around for at least the first week of March.
“This will keep things colder and drier than normal, but there is still some uncertainty on the position of the high.
“If conditions line up perfectly, as they did in early February, we could see a return of a very cold easterly blast.
“It’s still too early to call at this time, but we will monitor the pattern closely for any signals of a return of the ‘Beast from the East’.”
A stark change in the weather will come in effect from Saturday, February 27, when milder-air is replaced by sub-zero temperatures, according to WXcharts.
The weather model shows overnight temperatures will plummet to 0C across the whole of the UK on February 27, with lows of -1C in Wales.
From Monday, March 1, the cold-spell continues with lows of -1C across large parts of the UK.
The unsettled conditions will also bring a strong wind chill, which will make temperatures feel more like -4C.
Met Office long-range forecast from February 28 says: “Temperatures are likely to return back to around, if not below-average with a slightly greater chance of cold spells during this time, bringing an increased threat of widespread frost and a very uncertain chance of snow.
“Towards mid-March, there are signs of returning to a more unsettled period, with milder interludes more likely once more.”
This week, temperatures will remain mild with most areas of the UK seeing double-digits, before strong winds from the Atlantic and rain showers take over.
Netweather.TV forecaster Jo Farrow said: “Milder weather to start the week and no weather warnings. It won’t be plain sailing as we see temperatures rise and rain move in from the Atlantic.”
She added: “A second low will move in, past northwestern parts of the UK later today bringing more rain and even stronger winds.
“That one starts to move by on Monday night into Tuesday with another low approaching from the west by Tuesday night.
“The low continues to feed in for the rest of the week but behind Thursday’s low there looks to be a brief pull of colder air and there could be a frost into Friday.”
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Today temperatures reached highs of 13C in England and Wales, 12C in Northern Ireland and 10C in Scotland.
The coldest UK February temperatures for 65 years was recorded at Braemar in Aberdeenshire, last Wednesday, when the mercury plummeted to -23C.
England also recorded its coldest-ever February day, when -15.3C was recorded in Ravensworth, North Yorkshire, last Thursday.
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