Issued: 0930 Thursday 4th February 2021
Duty forecaster: Alexi Venerus
Very cold air will push southwards at the weekend making it very cold next week with snow expected.
Through the weekend a brisk and bitter easterly wind will set up shop across the country and very cold air will pentrate throughout lasting through next week. Snow flurries are likely to occur in the east, particularly the southeast on watch at the weekend with possible snow, but snow showers are likely to also push further inland. Severe overnight frost could occur when winds are lighter.
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Becoming very cold through Sunday as the east to north-east wind persists. Further snow flurries affecting eastern coasts, 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 0 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. 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 although it is more likely today that snow flurries will reach some wstern areas. The risk of some sleet affecting the far south of Ireland too. Highs at -1 to 3C.
Cold again through Wednesday with an east to south east wind. An Atlantic area of low pressure moves closer to Ireland and by the afternoon will bring rain, sleet and possible snow to southern areas of Ireland and southwest England with a strengthening wind, possibly up to gale force strength in places. Meanwhile, snow flurries still affecting eastern coast of England and Scotland. Drier in the west with some bright or sunny spells. Highs at -1 to 3C for most, 7C in the far southwest.
A period of more significant snow and rain may affect England and Wales on Thursday and by the end of the day rain and snow could reach across Northern Ireland into central and northern England. Snow flurries continue to affect east Scotland and northeast England but staying drier further west but with winds strengthening. Highs at -1 to 2C for most but southwest England, far south Wales and southern Ireland reaching to between 6 and 10C.
A milder day for the southern half of the country as less cold air pushes northwards but with that comes unsettled conditons and the end of the week looks to be wet with a mix of rain, sleet and snow for southern areas mainly with snow flurries still possible across northeastern areas. Northwest sees the best of the dry weather. Highs at 3 to 6C but far southern and southwestern areas highs between 7 and 10C.