Issued: 1100hrs Friday 23rd February 2018
Duty forecaster: Garry Nicholson
Exceptionally low temperatures
High pressure centred over Scandinavia unleashes a frigid Siberian air mass across most of Europe next week, with bitter easterly winds sweeping into Britain. Temperatures will stay close to freezing all week, and some areas are likely to stay sub-zero for several days. There will be some exceptionally low overnight temperatures. Disruptive snowfall is possible, especially in the east & north-east, but many places may well see snow at some point next week.
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Easterly winds across the country. Snow flurries will affect eastern England and Scotland, spreading inland into Yorkshire and the Peak District, perhaps more widely into the Midlands. Bands of snow showers may also affect Kent and Sussex. Snow may well become increasingly persistent in some areas. Generally cloudy. Some sun toward western coasts. Temperatures near 0C for most, feeling well below freezing in the wind. Up to 3C in the south-west.
Very cold conditions continue, and significant snow is possible. A trough of low pressure moving in from the North Sea brings a risk of snow becoming heavier, focused on east and north-eastern regions, but snow may sweep across much of the country. Substantial accumulations are possible on eastern hills from the Peak District to the Grampians, but snow will also lie to the lowest levels. Staying near or below freezing point all day.
Continued easterly winds maintain extremely cold weather through midweek. Severe frost overnight, with minimum temperatures -5 to -10C or locally lower. Further snow is possible for some, mainly eastern areas, but some bands of showers over the English Channel may bring heavy snow to parts of Devon and Cornwall. Daytime temperatures staying sub-zero for some, and only 0 to 2C at best.
A continuing very cold pattern. Some further snow flurries possible. Easterly winds and bitterly cold temperatures - staying close to freezing by day and scope for exceptionally low overnight temperatures widely below -5C, but in many rural areas -10C or lower is possible.
Little overall change - staying cold. Detail uncertain, further snow is possible for some. A chance of snow developing more widely in the south if fronts try and encroach north from Biscay. Hard frost and daytime temperatures around freezing point.
Staying cold, with an easterly weather pattern prevailing. Possible snow flurries, and a small risk of some more organised snow in the south. Highs 0 to 3C at best.