UK weather forecast – Dreary cloud to engulf the WHOLE country today as Britain braces for huge 70mph storm this week
DREARY cloud will sweep across Britain today as the country braces itself for a 70mph STORM later this week.
Skies will be blanketed with wall-to-wall cloud cover the length and breadth of the country on Wednesday, according to forecasts.
Ventusky The UK will be engulfed in cloud on Wednesday, with the above weather map showing low-hanging cloud at 3pm[/caption]
The three day forecast shows there is a large amount of rain on the way later this week
WX charts A zone of low pressure is forecast to sweep in from the West and is bringing gales of up to 70mph before the weekend[/caption]
And this could lead to outbreaks of rain especially in the North West and Scotland – and some of these could be wintry.
Thankfully, the blanketing effect of the cloud cover will see temperatures hit a more comfortable high-single-figures for much of the UK on Wednesday.
The latest forecast from Meteogroup UK said: “A bright start for many, although it will be wet in the far south-east and there will be wintry showers in western Scotland.
“Through the day, most will become cloudy and showers will become more extensive in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
“Central parts will be mostly dry and bright. A breezy day.”
For tonight, the forecast adds: “It will be a cloudy start for most with rain in the south, west and north-west.
“There may be a few clear spells initially in the north-east.
“However, through the night, most will become cloudy.
“Outbreaks of rain will spread eastwards through the night, affecting most parts. Moderate southerly winds.”
The dull, grey day comes ahead of storm that is set to batter Britain with 70mph gales and lashing rain.
A zone of low pressure from the Atlantic is sweeping brisk winds across the country from the west, bringing a week of nasty weather.
Forecasters have warned the rest of this week will be filled with unsettled weather.
A Met Office weather expert said: “Friday the storm will be at its peak as wind speeds reach 70mph in the most exposed parts of the west.
“And the weekend will get off to a dreary start.”
RETURN TO MILDER WINTER
Freezing fog and gales aside, temperatures have been returning to normal for February, with up to 11C expected in the South West, up to 9C in the South East and Midlands and 6C in Scotland.
Simon Partridge, from the Met Office, added: “It is definitely back on track in terms of temperature, where they should be for the time of year, back to a more traditional UK winter for at least a week.
“The rest of the week is just more unsettled weather.”
The warmer temperatures come after a low of -11.7C was recorded at Chillingham Barns in Northumberland in the early hours of Sunday morning, the Met Office said.
But while it was the coldest night of the year so far in England it was not as cold as parts of Scotland, where temperatures fell as low as minus 12.6C at Braemar in the Highlands.
VALENTINE’S DAY FREEZE
The warmer spell ahead won’t last for long, as forecasters warned Britain is set to be hit with a -16C Valentine’s freeze too cold for gritters and yet MORE heavy snow.
February 14 could be the coldest weather for NINE years as icy conditions return.
Forecaster Simon Partridge said: “We’ve got a lot more winter to get through.
“Most forecast models agree temperatures will dip again from around February 14 onwards.”
The wintry conditions are expected to continue into the half-term break from February 18.
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Forecasters warned that the Atlantic low pressure systems will track further to the south, bringing slightly wetter conditions across the UK.
The Met Office warned: “There is the possibility that frontal systems may bring wintry hazards, particularly if a more east or northeasterly flow develops.
“Temperatures overall around the average.”
They added: “We spent last week on the cold side of the jet stream. It’s going to be much milder this week as the jet stream moves north, driving wet and windy weather our way”.
Met Office Cloudy skies will affect all of the UK today – with the chance of wintry showers in the North West and Scotland, as the above picture for 3pm shows[/caption]
Met Office Temperatures for much of the country will thankfully hover around the high single-figure mark, as this map for 3pm today shows[/caption]
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