Issued: 0900 Wednesday 28th February 2018
Duty forecaster: Dr. Simon Keeling
Bitterly cold to the end of the week, less chilly next week
Bitterly cold weather is going to be continuing through the rest of this week. There will be snow at times, mainly in the south of the UK, southern and eastern Ireland and the east of Scotland. Tending to turning less cold in the south this weekend with bands of rain, sleet and snow edging north. Next week is again likely to be less cold with mixed weather for all.
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Low pressure to the west and south of the country through Saturday. Bitterly cold air remains in Scotland and northern England as well as Ireland. A risk of snow across Ireland, northern England, Wales and the northern Midlands, as well as southern Scotland. Possibly milder in the far south of England although misty and murky here as more rain arrives in the afternoon. Snow showers in eastern Scotland but drier to the west. Highs at 1C in Scotland, 4C in the far south of England.
Pressure stays low through Sunday. A front over Northern Ireland and southern Scotland as well as the far north of England brings the threat of some snow here. Cloud, rain and drizzle across much of central and southern England, Wales and Ireland, although turning brighter in the far south later. Drier in western Scotland. Remaining bitterly cold in northern Scotland, a little milder to the south. Highs at 7C in southern England, 0C in northern Scotland.
Pressure is low to the south on Monday. Staying cold across much of northern England and Scotland with snow affecting central and northern Scotland. Further rain or showers in southern England, but probably drier elsewhere with some broken cloud. Highs at 1 to 3C in northern areas, 9C in the far south.
Low pressure over the UK and Ireland on Tuesday. There will be some outbreaks of rain and showers, although some drier areas too. Highs at 3 to 10C.
Pressure stays low. There will be further showers but some sunny spells as well. Most of the showers affecting eastern areas, some of them heavy and they could turn wintry on hills. Highs at 3 to 9C.
Pressure stays low on Thursday. This brings further showers, some merging into longer spells of rain. Highs at 3 to 8C.