Winter 2023-24 forecast issued

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[Published 07:30 02/12/2023]

Near to Grantown on Spey - Looking towards the Cairngorms. Posted by Dizzy Daff

The cold weather continues today, but in much of the UK it will be dry. Things become messier tonight, with patchy outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow moving eastwards across England and Wales. Tomorrow, further wet weather is likely and in the south temperatures should be a little higher than in recent days. The winter forecast covering December, January and February has been issued. (If you would like to browse the website without adverts and contribute to its ongoing development, explore the payment options, see below)


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Issued 2nd December 2023

Saturday starts with a widespread frost which is severe in places, particularly the north and west. In western Britain there are wintry showers.

Through the day wintry showers continue in the west and some move eastwards across northern England. Accumulating snow is possible, especially over high ground. However, in most of the UK it will be dry, bright and very cold.

Temperatures range from 1°C in Scotland to 4°C in much of the south, although in the south west they are likely to be a few degrees higher. You can check the weather radar for the most up to date view.

Winter 2023-24 forecast issued

The seasonal forecast for Winter 2023-24 has been issued and covers December, January and February. The headline is for a slightly milder and wetter than average season. 

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UK Met Office UKV, cloud and rain, 15:00 Saturday, 2nd December

Tonight, showery outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow push eastwards across England and Wales. Snow is most likely in central and northern areas, with significant accumulations possible. In the south, precipitation is more likely to fall as rain. Scotland and Northern Ireland should be mostly dry and clear periods lead to a widespread frost. In the Scottish glens temperatures could plunge to -15°C.  

Tomorrow, the initial area of rain, sleet and snow clears eastwards. However, further showery spells of rain are expected to push eastwards across southern and central counties. The north has a dry and very cold day. In the south temperatures are expected to be higher than recently.  

UKV 2
UK Met Office UKV, cloud and rain, 15:00 Sunday, 3rd December

Change on the way

During Monday outbreaks of rain are forecast to push eastwards across southern and central counties. On their back edge some wet snow is possible over high ground. The rain probably continues in central and eastern regions into the afternoon. The northern half of the UK will have sunny spells, but wintry showers are likely in the east. Cold.

Tuesday will probably be dry, bright and cold in much of the UK. In coastal counties showers are likely.

Forecast details for Wednesday are very uncertain. Outbreaks of rain could push across northern and western areas. In the north a period of snow is possible. Cold in much of the UK, but in the south it turns milder. Windy in the south and west.

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GFS, surface pressure and precipitation, 15:00 Wednesday, 6th December

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