BBC Weather: Temperatures set to drop
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Thursday night saw lows of -7C across Britain, in the coldest night of the year so far. While meteorologists have said Friday will be warmer, it is set to continue a cold spell throughout the week, with sub-zero temperatures forecast.
Alyssa Smithmyer, Meteorologist I, Forecasting at Accuweather, told Express.co.uk that Friday’s overnight temperatures will be warmer but still sub-zero in parts.
She said: “This weekend, overnight low temperatures across England and Wales are expected to range from 30-38F (-1 to 3C).
“Across Northern Ireland, overnight temperatures are forecast to dip to around 36-40F (2-4C).
“Meanwhile, there will be a wider range across Scotland with overnight low temperatures ranging from 27-46F (-3 to 8C).
“Luckily, overnight temperatures Saturday night and Sunday night will not quite be comparable to the chilly Thursday night lows.”
Ms Smithmyer continued to explain the week ahead is expected to see lows of -6C overnight.
She said: “Monday night will be a bit cooler overnight, with the coldest temperatures across the Scottish Highlands dropping as low as 22F (-6C) in Nevis Range.
“Temperatures at night across England and Wales will generally range from 30-34F (-1 to 1C). Northern Ireland will range from 38-40F (3-4C), while Scotland will see a range of temperatures around 22-41F (-6 to 5C).
“Overnight temperatures Tuesday through Thursday will range generally in the middle to upper 30s F (2-4C), with lower 40s F (4-7C) ranging along the coasts.
“Meanwhile, on Friday night (1/28), overnight temperatures will be a few degrees warmer across most locations. Widespread forecast low temperatures in the lower to mid-40s F are expected, with upper 30s F (2-4C) across southern England.
“Overall, there will be a few overnight periods where temperatures dip below average for this time of year and it will be chilly across the UK.
“Monday night stands out in particular as the chilliest night this week going forward. By the end of next week, however, most regions will be back to near-normal overnight lows.”
The Met Office said Thursday “night was the coldest night of the Winter so far for Wales”, as Sennybridge recorded a low of -6C.
Neil Armstrong, Met Office Chief Meteorologist, told Express.co.uk however that much of the UK is set to heat up over the week to come, bringing warmer nights.
He said: “With the extent of overnight cloud increasing in many places across the UK, the forecast shows that frost and sub-zero temperatures will become more confined to areas with clearer skies for the next few days, notably sheltered parts of Wales, southern and eastern England, and parts of eastern Scotland.”
Jo Farrow, Netweather.tv forecaster, also wrote for the agency’s website conditions are set to improve, with high pressure continuing to dominate for the remainder of January.
She said: “Temperatures fell down to -7C in southern England with a widespread frost to start Friday. It won’t be as cold tonight after a fine day for much of the UK.
“High pressure remains through the weekend, even til the end of January bringing more settled, dry weather. However, there will be more of a breeze, more cloud, and a bit of rain in the far northwest of Britain as weather fronts wave past.
“The high pressure will keep the weather steady for most.”
Meanwhile, as February draws nearer maps and charts show snow is likely, as conditions change after a settled January.
WXCharts holds February 5 sees Atlantic pressure systems move 1cm of snow and heavy rains push northwards.
The Met Office’s long-range forecast for February 5 to February 19 said: “Early February is likely to see a continuation of a north/south split with more settled and cloudy weather expected in the south, and generally drier than average, while the north will be more changeable, milder, with some spells of rain.
“There is an increased likelihood of more unsettled conditions becoming established, with the northwest likely to be the wettest area, but showers or longer spells of rain may spread to most areas at times, with the southeast likely to be the driest.
“Spells of strong winds are likely to develop more widely at times. Temperatures likely to be near or slightly above average although short lived colder interludes are possible. Any snow likely to be restricted to high ground in the north.”
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