Issued: 0800 Tuesday 2nd February 2021
Duty forecaster: Simon Keeling
Rain, sleet and snow this week then turning much colder into the weekend
The weather is set to be turning much colder as we head into the weekend. Snow flurries will be affecting eastern parts of the country and these will be penetrating inland, blown in by the strong east to north-east wind. Before then there will be a significant period of snow across central and eastern parts of Scotland, this drifting into southern Scotland to. However mild temperatures for England and Wales as well as Ireland until that colder weather arrives.
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Low-pressure is expected to be across the UK and Ireland on Friday. There will be more snow across central, northern and eastern parts of Scotland. Wet in Ireland and parts of southern Scotland to. Some showers across Wales and Southwest England as well as Northwest England. Tending to be drier in other areas and brighter too, with the best of the sunshine in central and eastern parts of England. Windy in northern Scotland. Highs at 8C in southern England, but a colder 2C in Scotland and 5C in northern England and Ireland.
The area of low pressure drift south on Saturday and introduces a stronger east to north east flow through all areas. It will be feeling colder for all with snow flurries affecting eastern coasts of Scotland, England and Ireland. There is still much uncertainty over how much snow may fall and exactly where this will be. Brighter and drier overall in western parts of the UK and through central and western Ireland. Windy in the east with a significant wind-chill. Highs at 2 to 7C.
Becoming very cold through Sunday as the east to north-east wind persists. Further snow flurries affecting eastern coast, perhaps most persistent across East Anglia and parts of Southeast England. Always tending to be drier and brighter in the west which is where the best of any sunshine will be. Highs at 1 to 4C overall, but feeling much colder in the wind.
A cold day for Monday with further snow flurries across eastern coast and hills. Once again it remains dry in the west with the best of any sunshine here, especially over western coast of Wales, western Scotland and western coast of Devon and Cornwall. Increased cloud across southern Ireland with a chance of some sleet here. Highs at 1 to 3C.
Another cold day on Tuesday and again the easterly wind will be present. There will be some snow flurries again affecting eastern coast and hills. Western areas tending to be brighter with some sunny spells. Highs at 1 to 3C.
Staying cold again on Wednesday. Few are snow flurries over eastern coast. Most areas are likely to be dry with broken cloud and the best of any brightness or sunshine always in more western areas. Tops at 1 to 3C.