The Met Office, the UK’s national weather service, has forecast snow for some places already this month – but the country will first enjoy a mild spell with highs of 13C
Snow is forecast for some parts of the UK in the next week – after Brits enjoyed a mild few days.
The topsy-turvy weather will take several turns this week as, by Tuesday, the southeast of England will experience balmy 13C highs, a near 50% hike on average February temperatures. But days later, other parts of the country will see more snowfall, albeit not as significant as that experienced in January. This is because temperatures will drop suddenly, a marked transition for most of the country.
“Colder air will push into Scotland by Wednesday of next week, and it currently looks probable that this colder air will move southwards to all parts of the country into next weekend. In particular, we are keeping an eye on the potential for a snow event for some on Friday and into Saturday of next week, which will be very sensitive to the speed at which the colder air pushes south,” Ian Simpson, forecaster with Netweather, wrote on the service’s blog.
“As colder air pushes in from the north through Friday and Saturday, there is potential for this to turn to snow on the northern flank, mainly on high ground, but potentially to low levels as well, depending on how quickly the cold air comes down from the north.”
And the Met Office’s forecast reflects these concerns. Its long-range forecast for this week reads: “Rain pushing back north through Thursday with snow for a time across the northern edge of this likely with accumulations over high ground but also a transient threat at lower levels.”
Its long-range forecast for the week beginning Sunday February 18 says wintry conditions are likely across the north of England. It refers to rain elsewhere, which could expose areas to flooding. There are several flood warnings and alerts in place at the moment, including concern for River Lambourn in Berkshire and Upper River Ouse, just outside York.
While it is expected to be fairly warm over the next few days, it will be wet across many regions, including Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and Cumbria. A yellow weather warning is in place for Central, Tayside & Fife, Highlands & Eilean Siar and Strathclyde from Sunday at 6pm until Monday at 9pm. The Met Office says: “Persistent and at times heavy rainfall will bring some disruption, especially to travel.
“There is potential for 120-170mm in the wettest areas, this perhaps most likely in parts of Argyll, Lochaber and Wester Ross.” Some 170mm of rain would equate to more than the average precipitation Argyll typically experiences across a standard February.