Dry, bright and cold

[Updated 06:45 25/01/2021]

Snowy vista. Near to Berkhamsted. Posted by brian gaze

Large parts of southern and central Britain had their first significant snow of the winter yesterday. Today it remains cold but it will be mostly dry. During the next few days milder conditions return to most of the UK and there will be periods of rain. There is uncertainty about the rate of progression back towards milder conditions and it may stay cold in the north east.


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Monday starts with wintry showers in the north west. Elsewhere it is dry and there has been a widespread frost. Wintry showers continue through the day in northern and western Scotland. Others parts of the UK have a mostly dry and bright but cold day.

Coldgenerally with maximum temperatures range from 2C (36F) to 7C (45F). See the rain radar for the latest view.

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Meteo France Arpege, rain and snow, 15:00 GMT Mon 25th January

Tonight clear periods lead to a widespread frost early in the night. Later on temperatures rise as cloud builds from the west. Outbreaks of rain push across Northern Ireland and into western Britain. In places they turn to snow.


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Tomorrow outbreaks of rain move eastwards across much of the UK, although it may stay dry in the northern half of Scotland. They are likely to be preceded by a period of sleet or snow in the north, especially over high ground. Less cold in the south and west.

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Meteo France Arpege, rain and snow, 15:00 GMT Tue 26th January

Change on the way

Wednesday begins dry and bright. Through the day outbreaks of rain spread northeastwards and some heavy bursts are possible. In the north they may turn to sleet or snow, particularly over high ground. Temperatures will be higher than recently generally and the south west has a very mild day. 

Thursday and Friday are looking mild in southern and central regions with an ongoing risk of rain. In the north it may stay colder.

By the weekend things become very uncertain. On balance it currently looks like colder conditions may return. 

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GFS, surface pressure and precipitation, 15:00 GMT Fri 29th January

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