Weather forecast UK today – Ignore sunshine as sub-zero temperatures and snow showers are coming, Met Office warns

THE warm spell that Brits have been enjoying over the past few days will be cut short with freezing temperatures to return within 24 hours.

Low conditions are expected in March – but the Met Office dismissed reports of a "snow bomb".

Experts rubbished claims that a massive 270-mile snowstorm is on course to hit parts of Britain this month just weeks after February's 18C warm snap.

A spokesperson said: "There is nothing like that in our immediate forecast, or in our longer 30-day outlook which can be seen on our website homepage."

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  • Imogen Braddick

    WHERE DOES IT RAIN THE MOST IN THE UK?

    UK weather is known for being unpredictable – but you can always expect rain. Which cities have it the worst?

    According to analysts at ShowersToYou.co.uk, Cardiff tops the list as the UK’s wettest city with an average of 96mm of rain each month.

    Following behind are Glasgow (94mm) and Huddersfield (86mm) in second and third place.

    Hastings, Southampton and Exeter are also among the rainiest UK cities

    South West England is the wettest UK region with five of the top 20 cities being within it.

  • Imogen Braddick

    WHEN IS SPRING? WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN SPRING?

    Today marks the first day of spring in the UK.

    Spring in the meteorological calendar is the season beginning in March and ending in May.

    Astronomically, the season typically starts on the day of the spring equinox which falls around the March 20 in the Northern Hemisphere.

    "The beginning of spring can be one of the most recognisable transitions between the seasons as the days begin to lengthen and the temperatures warm," the Met Office says.

    "The weather in the UK during spring is often calm and dry due to the Atlantic losing heat during autumn and winter, leading to less heat and moisture being transferred to the atmosphere." 

  • Imogen Braddick

    GLORIOUS START TO SPRING

    It was a glorious start to spring for much of the UK with clear blue skies and mild temperatures.

    A Reuters photographer captured a woman walking her dog along the beach as the sun rose behind the skyline of Liverpool at New Brighton.

    While most of the UK experienced a settled start to the day, a yellow weather warning for thick fog was in place for much of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire until 10.30am.

    Credit: Reuters
  • Imogen Braddick

    LONG RANGE WEATHER FORECAST

    Here's the latest forecast from the Met Office for Friday, March 5 to Sunday, March 14.

    Local high pressure is expected to give a mostly settled outlook, forecasters said.

    "With the high most likely centred over Scotland, this will bring a cold northerly air flow and a possibility of light sleet and snow flurries for a time into northern and eastern coasts," the Met Office says.

    "Otherwise most areas will stay fine and dry with plenty of sunny spells. Any spells of rain and stronger winds are most likely to occur in the north and west where front incursions are most likely, or into the south around the base of the high.

    "Where skies clear overnight, frost and fog patches may become prevalent. Temperatures are likely to start off colder than normal, due to the northerly air flow, before slowly returning to around average."

  • Imogen Braddick

    SUNRISE SWIM

    Wild swimmers made the most of the glorious sunrise this morning.

    The swimmers went for a chilly dip in Portobello, Edinburgh on the first day of spring.

    Temperatures stood at just 1C as the sun started to rise.

    Credit: Alamy Live News
  • Imogen Braddick

    BRITS HIT BEACHES OVER WEEKEND DESPITE LOCKDOWN

    Lockdown-weary Brits hit beaches and parks across the UK at the weekend to bask in 13C sunshine.

    Health officials had urged people to keep following the "stay at home" order and to not be tempted by the glorious weather outside.

    But the sun-basking Brits were pictured sitting in groups of more than three people breaking the current lockdown restrictions in place.

    Since January 4, Brits have not been allowed to leave their home to meet socially with anyone that is not in their support bubble or is not in their household.

    Read the full story here.

  • Imogen Braddick

    WILD SWIMMERS AT DAWN

    Wild swimmers in Scotland welcomed the first day of spring with a dip in the sea at dawn.

    On a calm morning, clear blue skies and mild temperatures made for ideal swimming conditions in West Bay, North Berwick, East Lothian.

    Cullercoats Bay in North Tyneside was also busy with swimmers and walkers by 7am as warm temperatures continue across the UK.

    Credit: Alamy Live News
  • Imogen Braddick

    LAST DAY OF WINTER

    The last day of winter was a dry and sunny one for most of the UK, the Met Office said.

    Temperatures reached 14C in Chivenor and -5.8C in Kinbrace.

    Some dense fog patches have formed overnight in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, prompting a yellow warning for the first day of spring.

  • Imogen Braddick

    CHILLY START TO SPRING

    A jogger and his pooch enjoyed a glorious sunrise at the Firth of Forth seaside in Edinburgh this morning.

    It was a chilly start to spring with temperatures of 1C.

    Some early morning risers even went for a dip in the sea to welcome the end of winter.

    Credit: Alamy Live News
  • Imogen Braddick

    LATEST FIVE DAY FORECAST

    Today will be mostly dry. It will be sunny for some, but grey and cold for others.

    Areas of low cloud and fog will be reluctant to clear in some eastern and central areas in particular, and it will feel cold in these areas.

    Many southern, western and northern areas should feel pleasant under sunny skies this afternoon.

    More low cloud and fog is expected on Tuesday in some eastern and northeastern areas, but many southern and western areas will be sunny and pleasantly mild by afternoon.

    On Wednesday, it will be cloudy with showery rain for southern areas, clearing on Thursday. There will be much colder, clearer weather across the north before frosts become widespread on Thursday night.

  • Britta Zeltmann

    'DIFFICULT CONDITIONS'

    Drivers are being warned of "difficult travel conditions" as dense fog patches sweep parts of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the East Midlands.

    The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for fog in these regions until 10.30am today.

  • Britta Zeltmann

    FOG WARNING

    Dense fog patches have formed overnight, particularly in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

    A yellow weather warning has been issued, with the fog set to come and go across parts of the east of England through this morning's peak travel period.

    The warning covers the East Midlands, Yorkshire and the East of England.will last until 10.30am.

    The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for fog in parts of England until 10.30am
  • Niamh Cavanagh

    TODAY'S FORECAST

    A rather misty or foggy start for all, with the densest fog likely in Northern Ireland, Scotland and northern England.

    Cloud will clear to sunshine across northern England and Scotland this afternoon, but cloud will linger elsewhere in England. Brighter in the south later.

    Gentle easterly winds.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    LONG RANGE FORECAST INTO MARCH – MET OFFICE

    The Met Office’s forecast for the first half of March says: “High confidence for this period as local high pressure is likely to give a mostly settled outlook, with any uncertainty existing with respect to the orientation of this high.

    “Currently the signal suggest a placement over the south of the UK before transferring to the north later next week.

    “This means most areas will stay fine and dry with plenty of sunny spells, and that any spells of rain and stronger winds are most likely to the far north and west of the UK where front incursions are most likely.

    “Temperatures are likely to remain around average for this time of year, however a short cold spell may occur near the end of this period.

    “Where skies clear overnight frost and fog patches may become prevalent.”

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    FROSTY START TO TOMORROW

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    COLD AND BRIGHT WEATHER FORECAST TO WELCOME IN MARCH

    Cooler sunny weather is due to settle over the UK in the first week of March following a February of temperature extremes.

    The highest and lowest temperatures of the winter were both recorded in February, with a 41.4C difference between the two peaks, according to the Met Office.

    The mercury hit -23C (-9.4F) in Braemar, Aberdeenshire, on February 11, and on February 24 it rose to 18.4C (65.12F) in Santon Downham, Suffolk.

    Monday, which marks the first day of meteorological springtime, is expected to bring foggy mornings with spells of sunshine breaking through by midday, and average temperatures of around 6C (42.8F) in London.

    Northern Ireland and western areas of the UK mainland are set to see the best of the sunshine, which could also bring warmer temperatures in the low teens.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    ‘DON’T BLOW IT’ EXPERT WARNS

    Britons are being warned making the most of warmer weather and sunshine could jeopardise our chances of sticking to the prime minister’s reopening road map.

    Speaking to Sky News, professor Calum Semple, an expert in “outbreak” medicine, warned the public to continue sticking to the lockdown rules or we could “blow it”.

    Asked whether crowds could cause case numbers to rise again, professor Semple, who sits on the government’s SAGE advisory board, admitted to Sky News: “This is a big worry to us.”

    “We’re just not quite there on the road map – we can’t take a short cut with people’s health.”

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    OUTLOOK FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK

    A misty start tomorrow, some lingering through the morning until midday.

    Cloud will linger on into the afternoon, but some late sunshine is possible, mainly in south-east England and north-west England.

    Staying cloudy on Wednesday with some light showers moving into Wales and the south of England.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    SNOW IN MARCH?

    Weather charts show a 270-mile ‘snow bomb’ is on course to hit parts of Britain next month – after an 18C warm spell.

    WX Charts predicts a band of snow – stretching from Norfolk to Dorset – could blanket some areas.

    It would mean Birmingham, parts of the West Midlands and Wales, Gloucestershire, parts of Somerset, Bristol and Dorset, could see the white stuff from March 9.

    And the wintry weather could continue into April, with the Met Office saying “a white Easter is more likely than a white Christmas”.

    Meteorologist Grahame Madge told SomersetLive: “It’s possible that we could get snow in March.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    LUNCH BREAK WALK? HERE IS THE FORECAST FOR MONDAY MORNING & AFTERNOON

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    TOMORROW NIGHT'S FORECAST

    A dry night, but mist and fog will return for many, with the densest patches most likely in western Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    Mostly clear across parts of the south-western UK and northern Scotland. An area of drizzle may affect parts of eastern Scotland after midnight.

    Light easterly winds.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    WEAKEST GULF FREEZE IN 1,000 YEARS

    The Gulf Stream that helps warm the UK and northwest Europe is at its weakest in over 1,000 years.

    Researchers believe it could lead to more “extreme and intense” winters, adding the slowdown observed in the 20th century is “unprecedented” and likely connected to climate change.

    The Gulf Stream is part of a larger “conveyer belt” of ocean currents known as Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation and carries warm water from the tip of Florida towards Europe.

    Its effect ensures Britain has relatively mild winters and without it experts believe temperatures would be around 5C cooler.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    MET OFFICE SHUT DOWN ‘MIND BLOWING’ TIKTOK CLAIM

    Scarlett Moffatt has been ridiculed by the Met Office after she shared her so-called “mind-blowing” weather app claim about rainfall.

    The 30-year-old TV personality took to TikTok to share her “revelation” about weather apps with half a million of her fans, saying: “I’ve just found out that on the weather app, when it says ’30 percent rain’, I thought that meant ’30 percent chance of rain’.

    “It doesn’t mean that, it means that 30 percent of your area will be covered in rain.”

    However, a weatherman for the Met Office confirmed Scarlett was in fact wrong. Read more here.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    SAHARA DUST BLANKET

    Saharan dust will blanket parts of Europe today, according to the BBC weather forecast. 

    Meteorologist Nick Miller warned “more dust in the air from Africa” will sweep across Europe, starting with Spain on Sunday. 

    Mr Miller explained today’s weather forecast is dominated by wind, particularly across eastern areas, which would “take some rain and snow into Turkey.

    “The odd shower around across southern areas of Greece. Quite windy through Croatia’s Adriatic coast. Those winds could be disruptive.”

    “Still, a lot of fine weather through Iberia, though we could see some more dust in the air from Africa, and some wet weather across northern coastal areas of Norway.”

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    MONDAY'S FORECAST

    A rather misty or foggy start for all, with the densest fog likely in Northern Ireland, Scotland and northern England. Cloud will clear to sunshine across northern England and Scotland this afternoon, but cloud will linger elsewhere in England. Brighter in the south later.

    Gentle easterly winds.

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