UK weather forecast: ‘Severe’ Wales and rain before country hit by -7C Arctic freeze

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The UK is set for a north-south divide with “severe” Wales and rain predicted in Scotland while there is a brighter picture in the south before the country is hit by an Arctic blast

“Severe” Wales are a possibility for parts of Scotland

Brits have been warned to expect severe gales and heavy rain in parts of the country before a -7C Arctic freeze in early February.

A cold snap in January has seen frosty starts and near zero temperatures during the day but the mercury is set to briefly rise in the coming days with milder conditions.

There is a north-south split, though, with brighter skies for the south and severe Wales and heavy rain predicted for Scotland on Wednesday night and heading into Thursday.

BBC weather forecaster Ben Rich says people in England can expect a brighter day on Wednesday but in Scotland strong wales are looming.

He said: “On Wednesday, England and Wales having a better chance of some sunny spells, although to the south east corner it may stay cloudy for a good part of the day.

Scotland is set to be hit by strong winds during Wednesday afternoon along with rain

“Strengthening winds across northern areas, rain just getting into Northern Ireland, certainly settling into western and north western Scotland through the afternoon, likes of wind in excess of 50mph in exposed north western parts but milder than it has certainly been across England and Wales.

“Through Wednesday night it will turn very, very windy across the far north, Wales, even severe Wales near to the Northern Isles.

The rain will be strongest in Scotland but it will also affect the rest of the country over the coming days
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“A band of cloud and increasingly patchy rain will be sinking its way southwards through the night with some fairly windy weather and relatively cloudy weather as well. Temperatures should stay above freezing in most places.”

The blustery conditions are set to remain in place during Thursday in Scotland and there will also be rain for parts of England.

Temperatures are expected to be around 7C to 12C at the end of the week and Mr Rich said that it could be “very mild” over the weekend.

A cold blast is expected for early February with heavy snow set to fall in parts of the country
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But it certainly won’t mean the end of winter as a polar blast is set for early February where the mercury could plunge as low as -7C.

Maps from WXCharts show the cold weather sweeping in from the north west, leaving much of the country with sub zero temperatures around February 6 and 7.

Snow is also on the cards with a covering in the north west of England but in the Highlands of Scotland could get up to 75cm (about 30 inches).

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Today:

Parts of southern England perhaps still dull and chilly but perhaps some brighter spells. The rest of England and Wales are brighter, breezier and slightly milder. Further north, cloud increasing, bringing rain and strong winds to north and west Scotland; mild.

Tonight:

Rain sinking south across central UK, briefly heavy on western hills. Further north, turning more showery, but a spell of severe gales in the far north. Southern areas mostly dry.

Thursday:

Patchy rain and drizzle slowly clearing southern England, sunnier skies across central areas following; feeling mild. Blustery showers in parts of Scotland, wintry on hills, winds and showers easing later.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Cold at first, then unsettled and often windy across the north with Wales around some coasts. Rain at times, mostly across hills of the northwest. Mainly dry for the south.

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