Mostly dry and cold

[Updated 06:45 15/01/2021]

Front approaching from the southwest. Near to leek. Posted by toppiker60

January has been a cold month so far. The provisional Central England Temperature (CET) to the 13th is 2.1C which is 1.4C below the 30 year average. It remains cold today and tomorrow a band of rain is likely to turn to sleet or snow in places as it pushes eastwards. The following days look mixed and and in the southern half of the UK temperatures lift at times. In the longer term winter could return.


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Front approaching from the southwest. Near to leek. Posted by toppiker60 View the full size picture.

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Friday starts dry in most of the UK and there has been a frost in central and eastern areas. Through the day cloud builds from the west. Patchy outbreaks of rain reach Northern Ireland and western Scotland by the evening. Elsewhere it remains dry.

Cold in much of the UK but milder in Northern Ireland and south western Britain. Temperatures range from 0C (32F) in snow covered parts of the north to 10C (50F) in the south west. See the rain radar for the latest view.

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Meteo France Arpege, rain and snow, 15:00 GMT Fri 15th January

Tonight winds strengthen and outbreaks of rain move eastwards across most of the country. On their eastern edge they turn to sleet or snow, particularly in central and northern areas where disruptive accumulations are possible.


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Tomorrow the band of rain, sleet and snow steadily clears eastwards. In the north significant falls of snow are possible, particularly over high ground. Brighter conditions follow into the west but further spells of rain could affect western Scotland. Cold in the north and east. Milder in Northern Ireland, Wales and south western England. Tonight frost develops widely in central and eastern areas.

Arpege chart 2
Meteo France Arpege, rain and snow, 15:00 GMT Sat 16th January

Mixed outlook

Sunday is looking mainly dry with variable amounts of cloud, except in the north west where there could be patchy outbreaks of rain. Temperatures probably won't be far from the mid January average in the south and west but in the north and east it remains rather cold.

During Monday wet wand windy weather could push into Wales and south western England. There is also a risk of rain, sleet and snow in western and central Scotland. In other parts of the UK it should be mainly dry and bright. 

Tuesday is looking wet much of the UK and in Scotland the rain could turn to snow, particularly over high ground. Very windy in the southern half of the country with gales in places. Cold in the north but mild in southern and central Britain. 

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GFS, surface pressure and precipitation, 15:00 GMT Tue 19th January

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