UK weather forecast – Brits BATTERED by freezing snow & blustery winds but temps to RISE in 12C winter warmer NEXT WEEK

UK weather forecast – Brits BATTERED by freezing snow & blustery winds but temps to RISE in 12C winter warmer NEXT WEEK

February 5, 2022

BRITS are being battered by an Arctic blast bringing freezing temperatures, snow and gale force winds – but Brits are in for a winter warmer next week.

Forecasters said frequent and occasionally heavy snow showers are expected on Saturday night and Sunday, while strong westerly winds will lead to blizzard conditions and drifting snow on higher routes across the Highlands.

A yellow weather warning is in place for snow for both days between 3pm and 5pm. The regions affected will be central, Tayside, Fife, the South West and Lothian and Borders, Strathclyde, the Highlands and Grampian.

But the chill comes ahead of milder conditions next week, with highs of 12C expected across much of England by Wednesday.

But it'll be bleak until Sunday in some areas, particularly in the north, while those living further south will face 50mph gales and rain showers.

Met Office officials say the mild winter is coming to a very abrupt end, with one saying: "We will say goodbye to mild conditions as much colder Arctic air floods southwards across all areas."

Read our weather live blog for the latest news and forecasts

  • Louis Allwood

    A look back at January’s weather

    The Met Office has taken a look back at the weather we had over January, and has said that: “end of month stats show that January 2022 was the third sunniest on record for the UK”.

    However, the same cannot be said for this month. The Met Office forecast for Friday until Sunday reads: “Friday cold with sunny spells and blustery showers, wintry in the north.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Long range forecast for February 5 to Valentine’s Day

    Scattered showers across the northwest and down parts of the east coast will die away towards the start of this period.

    Elsewhere is expected to be dry and partly cloudy, with cloud increasing across the northwest throughout Saturday, this bringing rain later.

    It will be windy with gales around northern coasts, but lighter winds in the south. Temperatures will be mild by the end of the day.

    A north/south divide is expected to continue through the rest of the period with settled conditions and milder temperatures prevailing in the south, whilst unsettled and wetter conditions with strong winds are seen across northern regions, especially the northwest, with near average temperatures.

    Some, mostly short-lived, spells of colder temperatures are likely in the north and northwest, where some wintry showers could develop.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Saturday forecast for Manchester

    Manchester will see the skies cloud over first thing with outbreaks of rain developing.

    These turning more prolonged and heavier through the day.

    Widely windy with coastal gales, making it feel chilly. Maximum temperature 9 °C.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Met Office: Mild winter conditions are coming to an end

    Met Office officials say the mild winter is coming to a very abrupt end.

    "We will say goodbye to mild conditions as much colder Arctic air floods southwards across all areas," a spokesperson said.

    "Friday morning could see sleet or snow flurries across central and southern England, although it is unlikely to accumulate.

    “Colder air will spread across the UK, with wintry showers likely to continue across parts of Wales, North West England and Scotland.

    "Northern Scotland can expect snow to lower levels.

    “The sharp fall in temperatures will see a fairly widespread frost in the north on Friday.

    “Saturday to Monday will be very windy in the north with rain or wintry showers, with some rain and strong winds at times in the south.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Saturday weather summary for London

    The Met Office writes: "A sunny start, but cloud increasing from the west through the morning, and bringing patchy rain and drizzle from early afternoon.

    "Light winds becoming strong later, particularly around coasts.

    "Maximum temperature 9 °C."

  • Joseph Gamp

    February 2020 was officially the WETTEST on record

    This month, forecasters predict it will be a cold, stormy and snowy February.

    But the Met Office has highlighted how two years ago, February 2020 was officially the wettest on record.

    Check out the weather agency’s infographic below.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Weather outlook for Sunday to Tuesday

    Often colder in the north with sunshine and blustery wintry showers on Sunday.

    Otherwise cloudier and milder with some rain.

    Generally windy with coastal gales in the north.

  • Joseph Gamp

    What are the names of the upcoming storms?

    Did you know the Met Office names the storms in advance?

    The Met Office launched Name our Storm in 2015 and it updates the names in September to last for the next 12 months.

    This coincides with the beginning of autumn when named storms are more likely to occur.

    There are no storm names beginning with Q, U, X, Y and Z in line with the US National Hurricane Centre naming conventions.

    The next storm will be called ‘Dudley’.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Weather summary for Saturday

    The Met Office has published a short weather summary for Saturday.

    It says: "Windy with outbreaks of rain moving southeastwards, although many southern and eastern parts of England remaining dry.

    "Colder in the north later with snow showers for Scotland."

  • Joseph Gamp

    12C winter warmer next week

    The chill over the next few days comes ahead of milder conditions next week, with highs of 12C expected across much of England by Wednesday.

    But it’ll be bleak until Sunday in some areas, particularly in the north, while those living further south will face 50mph gales and rain showers.

    Met Office officials say the mild winter is coming to a very abrupt end.

    “We will say goodbye to mild conditions as much colder Arctic air floods southwards across all areas,” a spokesperson said.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Weather summary for tonight

    The Met Office says: "Showers becoming confined to areas exposed to the northwest through the evening, still falling as sleet or snow at times in the north and over hills.

    Frost under clear spells elsewhere.

    "Cloudier in northwest later with outbreaks of rain."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Keeping the house warm WITHOUT turning on the heating

    There’s plenty of ways to keep the heat in at home that are more cost effective – and some tricks mean you don’t even need to turn the heating on.

    • Block draughts around doors and windows as well as letterbox and keyholes to keep the chill at bay
    • You can also upgrade your windows to keep the heat in – double, or even triple-glazing is a brilliant
    • If you have an open, decorative fireplace, a lot of heat will be escaping up the chimney – buying a chimney balloon to plug the passage of air escaping
    • A super easy way to keep warm at home is to simply wear warmer clothes.

    Read more tips here.

    Milder air to return by weekend

    The Met Office’s chief meteorologist Steve Ramsdale said: “We have some fairly typical winter weather in store.

    “After the recent mild spell, we are going to see a cold interlude.

    “It will not last long, and by the weekend, milder air is once again starting to return from the west.

    “It’s not unusual for us to see snow in February, and there are no signals currently for anything out of the ordinary.”

    He said the chill will be borne in by an active cold front from the north-west.

    Sunday to see showers in many places

    Met Office meteorologist Claire Nasir said that tomorrow, “milder air slowly wafts across more northern areas with more cloud and outbreaks of rain, sinking down towards the South on Sunday, where we will see some patchy rain”.

    She continued: “The air then turns colder, a cold wind across the North and also the risk of some wintry showers through the day on Sunday, some brighter weather here as well, before things turn slightly milder into the beginning of the working week.”

    Tomorrow there will be some early bright or sunny spells across southern and central England to start the day, but thick cloud cover will soon build and rain across Scotland and Northern Ireland will spread southwards.

    Sunday will bring a dull and damp day with cloudy skies and outbreaks of rain which may be wintry for a time across Scotland. Highs of 12C (54F) are expected in the South, 8C (46F) in the North and 6C (43F) in Scotland.

    See-saw temperatures over next five days, says expert

    Aidan McGivern told Sky News: "We're all in the showery north-westerly airflow and that means frequent wintry showers, sleet, hail, snow for northern parts of the UK, particularly over the hills and feeling cold in the wind."

    He added the "see-saw temperatures" are the result of a jet stream oscillating around the north of the UK over the next five days.

    • Joseph Gamp

      Snow to continue over weekend

      Snow will continue in Scotland and northern England over the weekend with over 20cm predicted for Sunday according to the maps from WXCharts – and the UK will see severe gales before then, forecasts say.

      Met Office forecaster Clare Nasir said there would be “a transition from mild to cold over the next 24 hours after an active cold front delivers heavy rain and gales as it moves from the North West down towards the South East.”

    • Milica Cosic

      Long range forecast for February 6th – 15th

      Most places fairly cloudy on Sunday, and outbreaks of rain will move southeast through the day, with colder conditions to the north, and milder conditions to the south.

      Through the rest of the period high pressure remains to the southwest of the UK and is expected to push low pressure systems towards the north of the country.

      This will lead to an unsettled picture for much of the UK with heavy rain, stronger winds and a risk of wintry precipitation in the north while the south is expected to remain largely dry.

      It will be milder for many especially in the south of the country while brief colder incursions from the north are possible throughout the period.

    • Milica Cosic

      Highs of 12C expected across England by next week

      The chill comes ahead of milder conditions next week, with highs of 12C expected across much of England by Wednesday.

      But it'll be bleak until Sunday in some areas, particularly in the north, while those living further south will face 50mph gales and rain showers.

      Met Office officials say the mild winter is coming to a very abrupt end.

      "We will say goodbye to mild conditions as much colder Arctic air floods southwards across all areas," a spokesperson said.

    • Milica Cosic

      Tough driving conditions in Scotland today

      BRITS are being hit by snow and sleet TODAY as temperatures plummet.

      Scotland was already blasted with the white stuff this morning as the mercury dipped to freezing on higher ground.

      Drivers were seen making their way through the flurries on the M74 near Abington first thing as the rest of the country braced itself for the bone-chilling plunge.

      The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice from Friday at 3pm until midnight, affecting central Scotland, Tayside, Fife, Grampian, the Highlands, Strathclyde and Orkney and Shetland.

      And road users have been warned about icy patches which are likely to cause difficult driving conditions.

      Forecasters said frequent and occasionally heavy snow showers are expected on Saturday night and Sunday, while strong westerly winds will lead to blizzard conditions and drifting snow on higher routes across the Highlands.

      Wintry showers hit Scotland this morningCredit: Jordan Crosby
      Drivers were pictured making their way through the white stuff on the M74 near Abington, Scotland, todayCredit: Jordan Crosby
    • Milica Cosic

      12C winter warmer next week

      The chill over the next few days comes ahead of milder conditions next week, with highs of 12C expected across much of England by Wednesday.

      But it'll be bleak until Sunday in some areas, particularly in the north, while those living further south will face 50mph gales and rain showers.

      Met Office officials say the mild winter is coming to a very abrupt end.

      "We will say goodbye to mild conditions as much colder Arctic air floods southwards across all areas," a spokesperson said.

    • Milica Cosic

      Staying safe on roads as heavy snow predicted to hit Scotland

      Jonathan White, Legal and Compliance Director at National Accident Helpline, said: “With predicted winds and heavy snow hitting Scotland, and causing a spike in traffic jams, there is a significant chance of an increase in road accidents.

      “There will be some icy, untreated patches on the roads, and we urge drivers to take extra care, heed any guidance provided by the authorities and remain vigilant when driving in these conditions.  Make sure you allow more journey time, slow down, and pay attention to any warnings or signs – particularly on the motorway.

      “It’s easy to become frustrated with being stuck in traffic, but it’s important to give other drivers much more room than normal, so if you do lose control of your vehicle, the chances of a collision are reduced. If you are driving in the snow, it’s critical that your windscreens and mirrors are clear, that you have plenty of washer fluid and your tyres are in good condition.”

    • Milica Cosic

      Showers throughout Sunday in many places

      Met Office meteorologist Claire Nasir said that tomorrow, "milder air slowly wafts across more northern areas with more cloud and outbreaks of rain, sinking down towards the South on Sunday, where we will see some patchy rain".

      She continued: "The air then turns colder, a cold wind across the North and also the risk of some wintry showers through the day on Sunday, some brighter weather here as well, before things turn slightly milder into the beginning of the working week."

      Tomorrow there will be some early bright or sunny spells across southern and central England to start the day, but thick cloud cover will soon build and rain across Scotland and Northern Ireland will spread southwards.

      Sunday will bring a dull and damp day with cloudy skies and outbreaks of rain which may be wintry for a time across Scotland. Highs of 12C (54F) are expected in the South, 8C (46F) in the North and 6C (43F) in Scotland.

    • Milica Cosic

      Weather for February 6 to February 15

      The Met Office said there is "a risk of wintry precipitation in the north" between February 6 and February 15.

      However, the rest of this week looks set to remain mostly cloudy and mild.

      Forecaster Accuweather also predicts snow in Liverpool on February 20, and say this will be February's coldest day for the region – with lows of 1C that feel more like -3C.

    • Milica Cosic

      Snow to continue over weekend

      Snow will continue in Scotland and northern England over the weekend with over 20cm predicted for Sunday according to the maps from WXCharts – and the UK will see severe gales before then, forecasts say.

      Met Office forecaster Clare Nasir said there would be “a transition from mild to cold over the next 24 hours after an active cold front delivers heavy rain and gales as it moves from the North West down towards the South East.”

    • Milica Cosic

      Skyrocketing energy prices

      The average family will still be £2,417 worse off this year thanks to rocketing energy prices, higher National Insurance contributions and soaring interest rates.

      Mr Sunak said his package would take the sting out of spiralling energy bills, which will go up by nearly £700 in April.

      But he told Brits they will have to “get used” to higher energy bills and times will be “tough”.

      His warning came as:

      • OFGEM said the energy price cap will rise to £1,971 from April, adding nearly £693 to bills. The watchdog also wants to change the rules to raise energy prices four times a year, rather than twice;
      • THE Bank of England increased interest rates to 0.5 per cent, and slashed growth predictions;
      • THE Bank’s boss Andrew Bailey told workers not to ask for big pay rises to stop prices spiralling;
      • LENDERS such as Barclays, Nationwide and Lloyds immediately increased mortgage rates;
      • INFLATION was predicted to hit 7.25 per cent in April.

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