Long range forecast: Sub-zero conditions to return as snow not ‘ruled out’ for March

BBC Weather: Amber warning issued ahead of heavy rainfall

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New weather charts show a new high-pressure system will slam into Britain in early March causing temperatures to fall below freezing. Temperatures will also plummet to as low as -2 across northern England on March 7, WXCharts minimum temperature charts reveal.

Minimum lows of -1 and 0 will also hit most parts of England and Wales on the same day whilst the mercury will be slightly higher in Scotland after weeks of snowy and cold conditions.

A Met Office spokesperson also suggested early March could see snow return stressing it was “more likely” to occur closer to Easter than at Christmas.

The spokesperson told Express.co.uk snowy conditions during March were “not going” to be ruled out “meteorologically.”

They said: “March generally has more days of snow than November so it’s perhaps not surprising if we get colder weather.”

The Met Office added there was a “signal for higher than average pressure to sit close to or over the UK” in early March.

This, a spokesperson continued, could lead to “an increased likelihood of overnight frosts and a risk of wintry hazards, such as snow and ice.”

It comes as wintry conditions hit the UK in early February when temperatures plummeted to -8C in parts of Eastern England and as low as -23.0 C in Braemar, Scotland.

However, temperatures are expected to warm up for the latter half of February with more spells of sunshine and showers likely to occur.

Dr Mark McCarthy, head of the Met Office’s National Climate Information Centre, said: “With temperatures potentially in the upper teens this weekend the lowest and highest temperature of this winter could have occurred within 10 days of each other with almost a 40C difference between the two extremes.”

Going into tonight, the Met Office says outbreaks of rain will turn increasingly light and patchy across southern areas during the evening, however, there will be locally heavy showers across Scotland.

Tomorrow will be fine and dry with spells of sunshine and patchy cloud cover however there will be a few isolated showers.

Temperatures will average between 10C and 12C tomorrow.

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Going into next week, Monday will be largely dull with cloudy skies and there will be outbreaks of rain across parts of England.

There will be sunny spells across the north-west of England but a threat of showers later.

It comes as heavy rainfall blocked railway lines and triggered a host of flood alerts as some parts of the UK were hit by more than a month’s worth of rain in a 26-hour period today.

A stretch of six Met Office weather warnings covering mostly western areas from Scotland south to Plymouth are in place until this evening.

Senior Met Office meteorologist Marco Petagna said 127.6mm of rain fell at Llyn-y-Fan, Carmarthenshire, South Wales, between 6am on Friday and 8am on Saturday, and 115mm dropped at Treherbert in Mid-Glamorgan.

 

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