UK and Europe weather forecast latest, December 9: Temperatures plummet below freezing with threat of snow showers

The UK is forecasted to bear the threat of snow showers after temperatures decrease sharply. Meanwhile, weather conditions stay unsettled with heavy, thundery rain through the Mediterranean but largely settled elsewhere.
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UK's weather forecast

Temperatures across the UK are set to plummet below freezing with an increased threat of snow showers from this evening. According to BBC Weather, the UK will continue to be engulfed by "cold air from Greenland" before a new weather system closes in from the Atlantic later this week. BBC Weather's monthly weather outlook said: “December has started cold and unsettled. Some of us have already seen the first snowfall of this winter, including lowland parts of eastern England. This has been due to a combination of low pressure areas deepening over the UK, along with cold air from Greenland sweeping down across the country."

“It will stay pretty cold for next week or so, with some locally sharp frosts and also further sleet and snow showers over the hills in the north and west.”

UK and Europe weather forecast latest, December 9: Temperatures plummet below freezing with threat of snow showers
UK weather forecast: Cold air from Greenland will grip Britain (Image: wxcharts/Netweather)

According to weather maps produced by WXcharts, northeast Scotland is set to be the worst affected with up to 4cm of snowfall overnight. The wintery conditions could also spread southwards with a 50 percent chance of snow in central and southern parts of Wales by the early hours, according to NetWeather.TV snow risk radars.

Netweather.TV forecaster Jo Farrow said: “After dark, it will be wet and windy for Scotland, particularly in the north and east with snow over the higher ground. A covering for the Cairngorms and a few centimetres for the Trossachs and Southern Uplands with coastal gales and a wild night in the northerly flow for northwest Scotland.”

Overnight temperatures will remain below freezing for large parts of the country, with lows of -1C in Scotland and 0C for northern and southern parts of England. Strong winds combined with an area of low pressure will result in temperatures feeling more like -4C, according to WXcharts.

By Tuesday afternoon it will remain bitterly cold for the whole of the UK with just highs of 4C in the south, 5C in the north and 4C in Scotland by 3pm. Along with the cold snap, the Met Office has issued two weather warnings over the next 24 hours.

UK and Europe weather forecast latest, December 9: Temperatures plummet below freezing with threat of snow showers
UK weather forecast: Strong winds will see temperatures feel like -4C (Image: Wxcharts )

Unsettled conditions will also bring a band of heavy rain and the threat of flooding for the northeast of Scotland with a yellow warning in place from 6pm until 9pm on Tuesday night. Further south, the cold-air has triggered a yellow fog warning for London and the southeast from 4pm until 11am on Tuesday morning.

Ms Farrow added: “There are flooding concerns from this rain for eastern and northeast Scotland, hence the yellow warning."

“With lighter winds elsewhere, again there will be fog and frost forming. Showers feed around the low, so wet for exposed parts of Northern Ireland, western Scotland, Isle of Man and shower pushing inland for northwest England and Wales with wintriness for the hills and mountains."

“Contrasts across the UK with another quiet day for southeast Britain with calm conditions, lingering fog, frost and then brighter even sunny skies in places."

“Whereas northwest UK has strong gusty winds, downpours and iciness. By the middle of the week, the cold front will continue with the threat of frost and ice."

UK and Europe weather forecast latest, December 9: Temperatures plummet below freezing with threat of snow showers
UK weather forecast: Scotland is set to be worst affected by snow showers (Image: Netweather)

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “Winter hazards are dominating the weather as the emphasis changes from snow to frost and ice. The UK will stay in cold air north of the jet stream.”

The BBC forecast from Monday, December 7 to December 13 says the area of low pressure will move away, increasing the chances of frost, before another band of cold and wet conditions come in from the Atlantic.

The forecast reads: “A calm, dry and cold spell is expected during the middle of next week, as low pressure areas move away, leaving a temporary high pressure ridge. There is a chance of a locally sharp frost. From Thursday and Friday onwards, new Atlantic fronts will move in and bring an increase in cloud, wind and rain.”

Leading bookmakers have even slashed odds on this month to go down as the coldest December on record.Coral's Harry Aitkenhead said: “We're headed for a big freeze up until January now and it means this December is odds on to go into the record books as our coldest ever."

On December 9

UK and Europe weather forecast latest, December 9: Temperatures plummet below freezing with threat of snow showers
Photo: Weather Online

According to Weather Online, the low over the northern half of the UK continues to fill allowing for outbreaks of rain to gradually ease off through the day, however, an Atlantic low pressure system and associated front pushes into western areas bringing outbreaks of rain to Ireland, Northern Ireland as well as parts of Wales and western areas of England and Scotland by the end of the day. Staying drier further east. Highs at 3 to 6C for most, 8 or 9C in western Ireland, west Wales and the far southwest of England.

Europe's weather forecast

According to Weather Online, staying unsettled with outbreaks of rain across Spain and Portugal through much of the day, although higher pressure does try to build in across western areas improving conditions here later. There will be brisk winds along southern coasts as well as eastern areas of Spain. Brisk winds continue across the Balearics Islands where it will be wet with rain, particularly across easternmost islands. Italy and it's surrounding islands seeing plenty of rain too, heavy and thundery for many areas, as well as brisk winds. Rain edging into western Greece while Turkey staying largely dry.

UK and Europe weather forecast latest, December 9: Temperatures plummet below freezing with threat of snow showers
Photo: Stirimeteo

A rather cloudy day across central and southern areas of France. Northern and eastern areas seeing drier conditions. Largely dry across the Low Countries and Germany but with some rain edging into northern areas. Snow for the Alpine regions with heavy and thundery downpours across northern Italy. Heavy rain and thunderstorms heading into the Balkan States later on in the day. Poland will stay dry and fine.

Some rain across southern Norway but generally dry here. Patchy light rain across western areas of Sweden too but drier further east. Some rain over northern areas of Finland but staying dry elsewhere. Some showers across western areas of the Baltics. Drier further east here.

UK and Europe weather forecast latest, December 9: Temperatures plummet below freezing with threat of snow showers
Photo: Stirimeteo

On December 9

Improving conditions across Iberia through Wednesday although with that said northern areas will see more rain come in at the end of the day. Brisk winds still across the Balearic Islands but gusts should ease here. Expect some morning showers but largely dry thereafter. Rain still affecting particularly the western side of Italy with sunny spells abut also blustery showers across the surrounding Italian islands. Thundery downpours across Greece with more cloud building over west Turkey but staying mainly dry here.

Some patchy rain in the south and east of France but mainly dry. More rain forecast to push into western areas later on. Brisk winds along southern coasts. Largely dry across the Low Countries but cloud looks likely to build later. Some rain across southern Germany. Largely dry elsewhere here. Patchy rain across Austria, Switzerland and northern Italy for a time but conditions should gradually improve. Spells of rain, some heavy and thundery, down the Balkan States. Dry across Poland.

UK and Europe weather forecast latest, December 9: Temperatures plummet below freezing with threat of snow showers
Photo: Weather Online

Outbreaks of rain across some regions of south Norway but mainly dry elsewhere. Largely dry across Sweden too but with some patchy light rain in places. Mainly dry throughout Finland. A dry day but with a brisk easterly wind through the Baltic States. Starting dry for Denmark but spells of rain will move in later.

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