BBC Weather: UK set for showers and cold temperatures
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Heavy rain and strong gales are on course to smash Britain over the next 48 to 72 hours before wintry showers and freezing temperatures take over. Snow risk maps produced by Netweather.TV show areas of the UK turning red as the risk of wintry showers accelerates. Separate models produced by WxCharts show up to nine inches (25cm) of snow could fall in Scotland over higher ground by the weekend.
Snow showers are on course to strike Britain from as early as Thursday, with snow risk maps showing central and western parts of Scotland turning red.
The threat of snow showers in those areas ranges from 80-100 percent, according to Netweather.TV charts.
The wintry pattern continues in Scotland for the following three days, as snow risk maps turn a pale pink– which indicates the threat of snow is at 100 percent.
On Thursday evening, wintry showers are set to spread further south, the maps suggest, with areas of northeast England and northern Wales most at risk.
The chances of snow showers in those areas ranges between 25-50 percent.
Heading into Friday morning, snow showers become far more widespread across the UK, with large areas of the north and central wales set to experience wintry conditions, according to the charts.
By the start of the weekend, the latest maps show there is an isolated threat of snow showers in England, with the Midlands at risk before strong winds push the cold-weather system further north.
On Sunday, the chances of snow will surge across western areas of Scotland, the north of England, Northern Ireland and North Wales.
Weather maps put the chances of snow in those regions range between 40-100 percent.
By 9am on Sunday morning, snow depth maps produced by Wxcharts suggest western areas of Scotland, likely over higher ground, could accumulate up to nine inches (25cm).
Snow showers in the north of England could reach depths of one inch (3cm).
Temperatures will begin to fall on Thursday evening across the UK, with lows of -1C in Scotland, with thermometers remaining just above freezing for the rest of Britain.
Gales force winds will, however, make temperatures feel more like -4C, according to the latest wind-chill maps.
Thermometers will continue to plummet going into the weekend, as WXcharts temperature maps turn ice-blue in northern areas of the UK and Scotland, with lows of -4C on Sunday evening.
NetWeather.TV forecaster Jo Farrow said: “There will be squally showers following the fronts in colder air and with a fresh to strong westerly wind persisting on Thursday, it will feel cold.
“Gales again in exposure. The showers will take on a more wintry tinge through the day with snow later Thursday into the weekend for hills and mountains of Northern Ireland, northern Britain and Wales.”
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Heavy rain showers and strong winds are set to strike the UK by the middle of the week as systems sweep in from the Atlantic.
The Met Office has already put a yellow wind warning in place from Wednesday evening, with gusts of up to 70mph in Scotland and 55mph in England and Wales.
Chief Meteorologist Andy Page, said: “After the recent settled spell the weather will turn more unsettled this week with strong winds and rain. Yellow weather warnings for wind are in force.
“The second of two areas of low pressure is likely to bring the most widespread strong winds, with gusts of 55mph widely across England and Wales later on Wednesday and Thursday, with gusts up to 70mph in exposed western locations.”
BBC Weather’s long-range forecast until March 14, added: “The jet stream, a ribbon of fast-moving air in the upper atmosphere that directs weather fronts, will tend to be nearby or just to the south.
“That means temperatures will be near or a bit below average, with the coldest weather in northern areas.”
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