Issued: 1000hrs Tuesday 2nd January 2018
Duty forecaster: Garry Nicholson
Snow focused on eastern areas
Wet and windy conditions during the middle of this week. Severe gales will bring stormy seas to the west & south-west. By Friday and the weekend, much colder air will spread across the country from the north. Snow is possible, even to low levels. Bitter north-easterly winds will make it feel sub-zero. Overnight temperatures are expected to fall below -10C in Scotland this weekend.
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Broadly unsettled with low pressure in charge. Areas of persistent rain and hill snow, in soma areas persistent for many hours. Clusters of frequent heavy showers in the south-west. A risk of gales around coasts in the south. Winds turning north-easterly in Scotland. Locally bright with some sunshine. Temperatures ranging between 3 and 8C, mildest toward the south.
Low pressure is expected to slip away southwards, allowing colder air to spread from the north. Rain or increasingly snow to low levels, locally persistent in the south. Frequent snow showers for the north-east. Generally windy and cold, with possible gales - north-easterlies. Brightest toward the west & north-west. Feeling bitterly cold in the wind. Highs 2 to 6C.
High pressure building toward the north brings a likelihood of cold, clear and frosty conditions for northern Britain. Hard frost in Scotland, with a risk of overnight lows below -10C in the Highlands. Areas of wintry showers mainly in the east, but some spreading into central England. Sunny spells. Strong northeasterly winds. Daytime temperatures only a few degrees above freezing.
Frost and ice likely widespread. Frigid overnight temperatures in Scotland and perhaps northern England. Largely a dry and bright day, best sun in the west. Snow flurries for east & south-eastern England. Easterly winds. Highs 0 to 4C.
Staying widely cold. A bitter east to southeasterly wind. Largely dry, but local snow flurries possible. Highs 0 to 4C.
Weather systems over the Atlantic may encroach toward Britain, bringing a chance of snow. Eventually, milder air may return during midweek. Highs 1 to 6C.