BBC Weather: UK warned of heavy rain and potential flooding
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This month has seen Britain battered by heavy snow and temperatures dropping below freezing as the winter cold snap continued to bite. The country is this week enjoying warmer than average temperatures, with the mercury rising to a minimum of 14C in several southern areas tomorrow – but this spell of fine weather will not last. Long-range weather forecasts show a dramatic slump in temperatures in March, with new weather maps from WXCHARTS showing the mercury slipping to below freezing once again.
On Monday, March 8, freezing temperatures are set to batter East Anglia and large parts of the south coast of England.
Many areas will see minimum temperatures of 0 degrees, with only the west escaping freezing conditions.
The following day, larger areas will experience minimum temperatures of 0 and 1 degrees, including Wales and the north-west.
On March 10, temperatures will drop further, with minimum temperatures as low as -1C across most southern parts of England.
The mercury is also set to slump to -2C in a small area of the South West.
These bitterly cold conditions could be accompanied by snow in some area, forecasters have warned.
For the first week of March, Netweather has forecast bitterly cold conditions, with snow possible over the hills in the North and East of the country.
Netweather said in its forecast for March 1-7: “Some sunshine but overnight frost. Then turning increasingly unsettled, breezy and feeling cold in the wind.
“Some rain or showers before probably turning much colder from the North with snow possible especially over hills in the North and East.”
For the following week – March 8-14 – Netweather has warned of wintry conditions to begin with bitterly cold night frost.
There are indications of a “raw North East wind developing by mid-March”.
The forecaster said: “Perhaps wintry at first but probably becoming mainly dry although with night frosts that could be quite sharp.
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“Sunny spells may give some pleasant even spring-like afternoons but although somewhat uncertain at this distance, there are hints of a raw North East wind developing by mid-March.
For the period from February 27 until March 8, the Met Office has forecast more settled conditions during the last few days of this month and the first week of next month.
Strong winds may also hit northern and northwestern areas at times and while temperatures are likely to remain settled, “some cold nights with frosts are still possible”.
For the two week period from March 9-22, the Met Office has forecast settled conditions during the beginning of the month.
But as the days progress, “there is an increasing increasing likelihood of Atlantic weather systems moving across the UK, bringing wetter conditions”.
Strong winds are also possible, particularly in the northwest.
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