The exact date in February snow will return to the UK and sweep the country has been revealed. For a period of this month, the cold weather will end and the UK will get warmer in an early taste of spring has been revealed.
But amid reports the country is poised to enjoy warm conditions with spells of glorious sunshine, the Met Office has also sounded an alarm over incoming snowfall. Forecasters at the Met Office have confirmed this weekend and early next week will be “dry and settled” – but there’s a chance of flurries by the end of the month and into March.
This week, temperatures could reach as high as 13C – much higher than the 8C February average for large parts of England. “Parts of eastern Scotland and northeast England have seen some so far on Saturday,” the Met Office said. “Then on Sunday, an increase in the breeze will potentially help provide some sunny spells for Wales, western England and northern Scotland.
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“For much of the UK, this weekend and early next week will be dry and settled. This is thanks to a ridge of high pressure that is building across the country. Around this ridge of high pressure, winds are coming up from a southerly direction, helping to bring milder air to the UK.”
But looking ahead, from February 26 onwards, the Met Office hints at a downturn. “This could introduce a north-south split, with drier conditions across the north whilst the south could see some wetter conditions. Temperatures expected to be mostly around average, but a period of colder or much colder temperatures remains a small possibility, bringing widespread wintry conditions,” it said.
In a longer-term forecast, looking from February 16 to February 26, the Met Office predicts: “Temperatures overall rather mild, but overnight frost could develop, especially in the south and east.” But looking from February 26 onwards, and the meteorologists are predicting a chance of snow.
It comes after weeks of teeth-chattering weather, with freezing conditions and sub-zero temperatures across large parts of the UK. Birmingham has shivered with overnight frosts, as the mercury plunges to below zero for days at a time.