UK's weather forecast
Temperatures are set to plunge below freezing across Britain next week, and parts of the UK can expect snow showers to last for almost a fortnight, according to the latest weather charts.
Weather forecasters expect the start of December to be characterised by plunging temperatures, icy winds, fog and snowfall. Weather charts predict Scotland to be especially affected by the wintry conditions, with 11 days of snow forecast from Thursday December 3.
Weather maps from WXCharts show snowfall is expected from the early hours of Thursday December 3 in the Highlands region of Scotland.
While just 5cm is expected to start with, heavier snow showers are forecast on Sunday December 6, with up to 10cm. The forecasters expect the risk of snow to continue into the following week, with flurries expected every day until Sunday 13.
|UK snow forecast: Parts of the UK can expect snow showers to last for almost a fortnight|
Netweather also predicts snow to fall over the same period, with weather maps showing a high chance of snow on December 3, with the risk increasing as we head into the weekend.
Netweather’s snow risk chart shows there is a 100 percent chance of snowfall across Scotland on Saturday December 5 at 9am. They also forecast high snow risk on December 6, 9, 10, 11 and 12.
Major snow risk is shown with bright colours, with red, dark red and white indicating between 80-100 percent risk of snow. Weather maps from WXCharts also show the period is expected to be characterised by freezing temperatures.
One chart, valid for Saturday December 5 at 6pm, shows the entire UK turn blue, indicating that temperatures are forecast to be below 0C. Other maps by WXCharts show the north of the UK is expected to bare the brunt of the cold temperatures, with the mercury forecast to plunge to -2C on December 6 at 12pm.
|UK weather forecast: The north of the UK is expected to bare the brunt of the cold temperatures (Image: WXCHARTS)|
The south of England is expected to see temperatures stay in the low single digits. Bookmakers Coral have evens for this winter to be the coldest on record in the UK. Coral's Harry Aitkenhead said: "The outlook for this winter looks very cold and we make it just evens now that we go on to suffer the coldest since records began in the UK.”
They also have odds of 3/1 for snow to fall in Edinburgh on Christmas Day and 5-1 for a White Christmas for Londoners. Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Birmingham, Belfast stand on 4/1.
The Met Office expects the period from December 2 to December 11 to feel colder, with spells of rain and gales forecast.
They said: “High pressure and generally settled weather will likely give way to wetter, and at times windier, conditions through the first week of December. Outbreaks of rain are likely in most areas, notably northern areas at first, and perhaps more southern areas into the weekend."
“Gales may also develop, these most likely for exposed western areas. Later in the period it may well turn more settled, though colder, with a return of night frost and fog."
|UK snow forecast: Snow is forecast across the UK on Friday December 11 (Image: Netweather)|
“Some showers are likely too, these perhaps wintry at times in the north. Temperatures may start off near normal, though often feeling colder in windier and wetter spells.Below normal temperatures are then slightly more likely for later in the period.”
On November 30
According to Weather Online, higher pressure remains over much of England, Wales and Ireland on Monday. There could be further mist and fog over Wales and England, but this may lift to give sunny spells. Breezy and cloudy in northern and western Scotland with rain here. Brighter in the east. Highs at 7 to 10C.
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Europe's weather forecast
BBC Weather forecast a wintry week for Europe as snowfall covers parts of the continent and freezing cold air blows into other parts, dropping temperatures to minus figures.
Temperatures will plunge below freezing for some parts of Europe this week, prompting snowfall, according to BBC meteorologist Chris Fawkes. The weather presenter also forecast that heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected across particularly eastern areas of Spain over the next few days. He explained that an area of low pressure is bringing these "heavy downpours" to the eastern side of Spain, and quite widely they will bring 50 millimetres of rain to parts of the continent.
Mr Fawkes told viewers: "But some areas could see as much as 100 millimetres from these downpours as we go from Friday into Saturday."
"If anything, those showers will tend to move a little bit further eastwards across the Balearic islands into Corsica and also Sardinia during Saturday."
"An odd shower for eastern areas of the Mediterranean to watch out for too. You might see one or two in Cyprus. Working into northeast Europe, we've got some cold air with us at the moment."
|BBC Weather: 10cm of snow threatens to freeze Europe as temperatures plummet to -2C (Image: WXCHARTS)|
He continued: "That's going to be bringing some snowfall, particularly across west Russia into northern areas of Belarus. We could see around five to 10 centimetres of snow building in between Friday and Saturday."
"Some snow flurries further north as well, but the amount will tend to be much less across Scandinavia. Looking at the charts for Sunday, we've got more in the way of rain and thunderstorms extending in across Italy."
The BBC presenter added: "It will change the weather for Greece, and also eventually western Turkey. Rain or thundery showers will be developing here. For Spain, the rain will ease off across eastern areas, it should become dry on Sunday. After that, while we're in Madrid, we're looking at partly cloudy skies."
Mr Fawkes said: "Some bright or sunny spells, a lot of dry weather to come. In Paris, it gets a little bit colder as we get into next week, with temperatures dropping down to four degrees."
"Still quite chilly air in Moscow, perhaps snow easing to sleep for a time. But for next week, temperatures will dip below freezing to minus two degrees. Similarly in Kyiv, temperatures will level off at zero degrees."
On November 30
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