BBC Weather: Carol Kirkwood forecasts showery conditions
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Weather maps show a band of extreme cold is forecast to hit the UK in the coming days, lasting from the end of November and into early December. There is a risk of wintry showers from next week, with forecasts warning temperatures could plunge to hit 0C in some places. Snowfall is expected to hit many parts of the UK and Ireland throughout the rest of November.
The Met Office forecast for this week advises of dry conditions in southern areas and unsettled weather in northern parts.
Showers will sweep across northern and western parts of the country slowly easing before being replaced by rain in the northwest UK.
Further south, it will be a mainly dry day with sunny spells and somewhat cooler and breezier conditions.
The rest of the week will be dry and mild, with a lot of clouds.
Rain will hit many northwestern areas sinking further south on Saturday and conditions will turn colder from the north.
The rest of the month will be predominantly impacted by an area of high pressure.
This high-pressure system will lie close to western and southwestern parts of the UK during this period.
As a result, this will bring a north or northwesterly airflow across the UK, with most of the unsettled weather across northern areas.
Showers and longer spells of rain, and possibly snow, will impact higher ground – and may impact some low levels at times.
Strong winds are possible across the north, especially around coasts and across high ground.
Further south, conditions are likely to remain somewhat drier and more settled with the chance of some longer sunny spells.
Clearer conditions will lead to some chilly nights with frost in places and some fog patches, these slow to clear during the morning.
Temperatures may plunge to close to 0C in parts of the country as the cold snap moves in from eastern Europe.
A weather map from TropicalTidbits.com for October 18 reveals warmer than normal temperatures will likely be seen in some parts of Europe as a result of the high-pressure system.
Some cooler than normal temperatures are likely in southwestern Europe under a cut-off low-pressure system.
Precipitation-wise, most of the second half of November will be drier than normal over Europe.
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The high-pressure area over eastern Siberia is due to get stronger during the last week of November.
In Europe, this area will pull back towards the west – which allows the low-pressure area to expand into northern Europe.
The movement of this system enables a more northerly flow down into the central and especially eastern parts, with colder than normal temperatures, but drier conditions.
During the final days of the month, the pressure patterns appear fairly stable according to weather forecasters.
The high-pressure system present over the North Atlantic and southern Greenland will extend into northwestern Europe.
A temperature map from WXCharts reveals parts of Scotland and northern England could see snow as soon as Sunday, November 21.
Snow maps from the forecaster show this will likely continue to impact these parts of the country throughout the rest of November.
The snow is expected to extend widely beginning next month, with the forecaster’s December 2 winter overview map showing snowfall is likely across northern parts of the country including Manchester and northern Wales.
The snow depth map reveals only a small amount of snow is forecast to impact parts of England and Wales (up to 1.2 inches).
Up to 2.4 inches of snowfall is likely to impact areas around Dublin on Sunday, November 28 – which is the most snow forecast for any area in England, Wales or Ireland, according to the forecaster’s snow depth maps.
In Scotland, the snow depth map from WX Charts indicates the region is likely to see up to 2.4 inches of snow much earlier (as of Monday, November 22).
The heaviest snowfall is expected to hit on Saturday, November 27, when up to 4.7 inches is possible, according to the WX Charts snow depth map.
Temperature maps from WX Charts show temperatures could drop to hit 1C in some places early on Wednesday, November 17.
Temperatures of 0C are expected to impact parts of the country according to WXCharts’ minimum temperature map for Sunday, November 21 at 6am.
A widespread cold snap with several areas hitting 0C to 3C is predicted as of November 22 at midnight.
These low temperatures will continue throughout the week – with several parts of the country experiencing 0C temperatures on November 25.
The lowest temperatures of -6C and -7C are forecast to impact parts of Scotland on December 2, according to the temperature map from WX Charts.
However, the Met Office temperature map indicates lows of around 5C in parts of Scotland by Sunday.
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