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UK and Europe weather forecast latest, October 22: Freezing temperatures and snow to hit Britain amid remnants of Storm Barbara

October 22, 2020 | 06:44

Temperature in the UK is forecasted to plummet while Europe continues to cope with heavy rain.

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UK's weather forecast

Britain is bracing for freezing Atlantic lows to send temperatures plummeting and blast snow, Express reported.

A ferocious jet stream over the North Atlantic will sweep low pressure from Canada and the US next week. Temperatures will fall as low as 0C in central Scotland at the end of October, with northern areas of England including Newcastle and Liverpool shivering at 3C. This could lead to a layer of snow settling at the start of November in central and western Scotland, according to the latest snow depth models from WXCHARTS.

The BBC's long-range forecast from Monday, November 2 to Sunday, November 15, predicted snow to fall on higher ground in northern and western parts of the UK.

It said: "The weather is looking unsettled into early November, particularly across the northern half of the UK. Low-pressure areas will be driven eastwards over the north Atlantic and into the UK, depositing rainfall and ushering in blustery winds once again."

UK and Europe weather forecast latest, October 22: Freezing temperatures and snow to hit Britain amid remnants of Storm Barbara
UK long-range forecast: October will be hit with bitterly cold air (Image: WXCHARTS)

"Some of the showers over high ground in the north and west will fall as sleet, hail and occasionally snow. But widespread lowland snow seems unlikely at this stage. Brief spells of drier, brighter and occasionally milder weather will occur between the frontal zones."

The forecast added the wintry spell will start during Monday, October 26 and Sunday, November 1, due to the jet stream over the Atlantic pushing over freezing lows.

The BBC said: "A strong jet stream over the north Atlantic will steer more low pressure systems across the UK."

"Cold plunges of air across Canada and the northern USA seem to be one of the reasons why the jet stream will be so strong and areas of low pressure could be quite vigorous as they track towards the UK over the Atlantic."

"The cold air over Canada will contrast with the much warmer than average sea surface temperatures over the northwestern Atlantic. Strong contrasts in temperature give the jet stream added strength."

"With low pressure dominating the week, most of us should prepare for extensive cloud, spells of rain and strong winds at times."

UK and Europe weather forecast latest, October 22: Freezing temperatures and snow to hit Britain amid remnants of Storm Barbara
UK long-range forecast: Snow could fall in Scotland (Image: WXCHARTS)

"The wettest weather and strongest winds are expected to shift further northwards, frequently affecting western Scotland. Southern and southeastern England will have a few drier and brighter days, between fronts."

The Met Office's long-range forecast also expected wintry conditions between Tuesday, October 27 and Tuesday, November 10.

The forecast said: "Confidence becomes low towards the end of the month. However, the early part of the forecast period will likely see a gradual transition to a generally more unsettled pattern across the whole of the UK."

"Spells of rain and showers are likely, with these turning wintry over high ground in the north and northwest. There may also be the odd settled spell at times during this period, but they are likely to be short-lived."

"Temperatures likely to stay at or just below average throughout."

Netweather's long-range forecast warned of snow potentially falling later in November too, between Monday 9 and Tuesday 17.

UK and Europe weather forecast latest, October 22: Freezing temperatures and snow to hit Britain amid remnants of Storm Barbara
UK long-range forecast: A cold front will sweep over from the Atlantic (Image: WXCHARTS)

The forecast said: "This period will probably have frequent north-westerly winds and temperatures fluctuating around the long-term normal but overall on the cool side, and high pressure periodically ridging into the west and south."

"There is a chance of some places, mainly on high ground and in the north, seeing their first sleet/snow of the season, but the confidence in this is currently low."

"The prevailing airflow may turn more westerly towards mid-November with the weather turning more unsettled generally. Temperatures are forecast to be a little below normal overall during this period, but not unusually so, with negative anomalies of around 1C in most parts of the country."

"Rainfall totals will probably be below normal in south-east Scotland and north-east England, but near normal in most other regions."

On October 22

UK and Europe weather forecast latest, October 22: Freezing temperatures and snow to hit Britain amid remnants of Storm Barbara
Photo: Weather Online

According to Weather Online, a small area of low pressure brings periods of rain to northern England and southern Scotland on Thursday. Elsewhere there will be a few showers across England and Wales but it should get brighter during the day with some bright or sunny intervals developing. A dry day in Ireland with sunny intervals here and brighter, drier weather should also affect western Scotland. Just a scattering of showers in north-east and Scotland. Highs at a chilly 8 to 11C in the north and west, but still mild at 17C in the southeast.

Europe's weather forecast

UK and Europe weather forecast latest, October 22: Freezing temperatures and snow to hit Britain amid remnants of Storm Barbara
Photo: Weather Online

Rain affecting northern and western parts of France, turning heavier through the evening. This rain will also push across the Low Countries and into northern and central Germany. Breezy for these places too. Staying dry and fine across Austria, Hungary, Switzerland and the Czech Republic as well as the rest of eastern Europe.

Rain affecting the far north of Denmark initially will gradually spread across the rest of the country through the day. Breezy here. Rain spreading across southern parts of Norway and Sweden through the day but staying dry and fine and feeling chillier further north. Dry, fine and chilly across Finland during the day before rain spreads into the southwest overnight here. Starting dry across the Baltic States but rain will spread in here later lifting the temperatures.

UK and Europe weather forecast latest, October 22: Freezing temperatures and snow to hit Britain amid remnants of Storm Barbara
UK long-range forecast: Temperatures will plummet to 0C (Image: WXCHARTS)

A wet day in Portugal Scattered showers central Spain. Fair in the east of Spain with good spells of sunshine. A fine day through Corsica and Sardinia as well as Italy after morning mist and fog clears. Greece should be fine with more sunshine here. Showers, some heavy in southern Turkey but fine to the north.

Rain and showers in the north and west of France. fair in the east and souther. Cloud and rain in the Low Countries as well as northern Germany. Poland should be dry with sunny spells. The rest of Germany will be dry and breezy. Fair through Austria and Hungary as well as Switzerland with more sunshine here.

Windy and wet in Denmark. Brighter for the Baltic States but some rain in Finland. Breezy with some showery rain in Sweden. Norway will have some showery rain at times.

UK and Europe weather forecast latest, October 22: Freezing temperatures and snow to hit Britain amid remnants of Storm Barbara
UK long-range forecast: The cold air will sweep down the UK (Image: WXCHARTS)
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