Issued: 0930 Saturday 6th February 2021
Duty forecaster: Claire Darbinyan
Becoming very cold
Through the weekend a brisk and bitter easterly wind will develop across the country and very cold air will pentrate throughout lasting through much of next week. Snow flurries are likely to occur in the east, with heavier snowfall possible to the southeast through the weekend. Severe overnight frosts and widespread ice patches could occur when winds are lighter. Milder air arrives from the southwest later in the week.
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Another cold day on Tuesday with a brisk easterly wind. There will be further snow flurries affecting eastern parts of Scotland and the north of England as well as eastern northern Ireland. The best of the sun to the northwest. Cloudier further south with low pressure over the Bay of Biscay threatening to bring more prolonged spells of rain, sleet and snow into far southwestern coastal counties of England. Highs at a very cold -3 to 2C and feeling colder in the wind.
Cold again through Wednesday with an east to southeasterly wind. An area of low pressure moves closer to Ireland bringing thickening cloud and increasing winds to Ireland and the southwest UK. Meanwhile, snow flurries still affecting eastern coasts of England and Scotland. Drier in the northwest with some bright or sunny spells for many. High temperatures at a chilly -2 to 3C, feeling colder in the wind.
A period of more significant rain, sleet and snow may affect Ireland, England and Wales on Thursday though there remains some uncertainty over the extent of this just yet. Snow flurries continue to affect eastern Scotland and northeast England prior to the arrival of this area of low pressure. Highs at just -2 to 1C for many, 6 to 11C across the southern half of Ireland and into the southwest of the UK.
A mixed day for the British Isles with further spells of rain, sleet and snow affecting many western areas. There is the potential for some more significant snowfall over northern parts of Scotland. Staying drier and brighter to the southeast. Highs at just 2 to 5C in the north and east, 7 to 12C in the south and west.
Saturday could see the British Isles come under the influence of an area of higher pressure. Mostly cloudy with some rain and sleet to the far northwest and north. Best of the sun to the southeast. Milder air spreads further north across the country with highs ranging from 6 to 12C.
Milder air continues to flow into the UK and Ireland from the south with high pressure to the east and low pressure to the west. A mostly dry and fine day with the best of the sun to the east. Highs range from 8 to 12C.