BBC Weather: Europe set for showers and mild temperaturesA new cold spell is set to wreak havoc at the start of March as north-easterly winds sweep
BBC Weather: Europe set for showers and mild temperatures
A new cold spell is set to wreak havoc at the start of March as north-easterly winds sweep across the UK from Iceland and Scandanavia. The latest temperature models from Weather Outlook turn blue on March 1, with swirls of freezing air sweeping over from an easterly direction. The charts also show wintry white dots moving over from Europe into eastern parts of the UK on the same day, suggesting snow could soon be heading over.
The latest snow probability charts from WXCHARTS also show the whole of the UK turning different shades of blue and white on March 1, suggesting there is between a 10 to 50 percent chance of snow.
Brian Gaze at Weather Outlook warned of snow potentially falling on lower ground in northern areas of the UK next month.
He also said “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb” to explain how the month will start off cold but end on a warmer note.
Mr Gaze told Express.co.uk: “There are some indications of it turning colder again at the end of February and during the early part of March.
UK long-range forecast: Britain is bracing for cold air in March
“During that period the risk of snow could increase on lower ground in the northern half of the UK as areas of low-pressure push across the UK and pull in much colder air from the east on their northern flank.
“At this range, the charts are only showing a possibility, but if correct it could be a case of ‘March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb’.”
Temperatures could also plunge to bitterly cold sub-zero levels over the next few weeks, according to WXCHARTS.
Scotland may see the brunt of the cold weather as lows of -4C arrive on March 1.
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UK long-range forecast: A wintry blast could sweep over the UK
Further down the UK, north eastern regions such as Newcastle and Seaham, in Durham, could be blasted with 0C on the same day.
In the south, London and Kent could see chilly lows of 2C.
The BBC’s long-range forecast between Monday, March 1 and Sunday, March 14, added the month will begin on a colder note as Icelandic winds sweep over the east of the UK from Western Europe before then heading towards the Atlantic.
The forecast said: “The first half of March is likely to still be heavily influenced by the presence of a large area of high pressure in northwest Europe which we expect to gradually head west into the Atlantic.
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UK long-range charts: Wintry dots heading over from Europe could suggest snow is on the way
“As the high shifts west of Ireland in early-March, northerly winds will be able to bring some colder Icelandic air into the UK.
“This will be colder than normal, but not nearly as cold as the middle of February was! This is because the air in Iceland isn’t as cold as the frigid air sitting in Russia.
“As we head into mid-March, high pressure will likely begin to ease and head even further west, too far away to influence our weather.
“As it moves away, a trough of low pressure will develop over western Europe, keeping things unsettled and quite changeable. Temperatures and precipitation will likely be quite variable throughout the week as Atlantic weather fronts frequent the country.
UK long-range forecast: Swirls of blue show winds sweeping over from the east
“Warm fronts should be able to tap into sub-tropical Atlantic air from near the Azores, leading to some mild, spring-like days.
“Meanwhile, cold fronts will drag air in from Iceland, leading to crisp but sunny days too.”
The Met Office also warned of snow potentially causing chaos in March due to cold spells arriving.
The forecast between Wednesday, March 3 and Wednesday, March 17, said: “In early March there is a continued signal for higher than average pressure to sit close to or over the UK, with dry and settled conditions most likely.
UK long-range forecast: Temperatures could plunge to sub-zero lows in Scotland
“Temperatures are predicted to be a little below average at the start of the period, slightly increasing the chances of cold spells occurring.
“During this time there looks to be an increased likelihood of overnight frosts and a risk of wintry hazards, such as snow and ice, although unlikely to be as disruptive as earlier in the year.
“Towards mid-March there are signs of a change to more unsettled and milder conditions.”
And Netweather also forecast snow in northern and eastern parts of England at the start of next month.
UK long-range forecast: Bitterly cold lows could also strike in the south
The monthly forecast said: “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.
“Perhaps wintry at first but probably becoming mainly dry although with night frosts that could be quite sharp.
“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.”