BBC Weather: Europe set for warmer temperatures
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BBC Weather’s Sarah Keith-Lucas said Arctic air is sweeping across Europe sending temperatures plummeting. Cold, bright and largely dry weather is forecast for much of the UK in time for beer gardens to reopen in England on Monday. The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for snow, ice and wind in northern Scotland for Thursday and Friday, but slightly more settled weather across the UK is forecast for the weekend and beyond.
Ms Keith-Lucas said: “Much of Europe has been under an Arctic air mass for the past few days bu things are turning a little bit milder for many of us over the next few days.
“It could well turn colder again into next week but some slightly milder air working in from the southwest across southern parts of the UK, France, Germany towards Poland.
“Wet weather meanwhile with some heavy showers towards parts of Portugal and Spain.
“Still some further snow showers lingering in parts of Turkey and brisk northerly winds blowing through the Agean on Friday.
“Not as cold as it has been for Switzerland, Austria, up towards Germany.
“But still unsettled in Scandinavia with some heavy snow and windy conditions working in there.
“Colder air heading in across the UK, that will sink further south across the weekend.
“On Saturday there will be some wet weather across parts of northern France and the UK.”
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Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said Monday will be “a cold day with bright weather for most”, with average UK temperatures of between 5C (41F) and 10C (50F).
Ms Maxey said southern areas and London could see slightly warmer temperatures of up to 12C (53.6F).
She said: “By the time we get to Monday, it’s certainly looking fine, dry and cold in the south.
“The further north you go, the colder it is and there’s a risk of showery rain for the west side of Scotland and for Cumbria.
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“There’s a chance that some of that rain could fall as snow in the high ground in Scotland.”
She added: “There’s also a chance of frost on Monday and Tuesday morning, following cold nights, with most places likely to see temperatures just touching above freezing.”
In the days before Monday, the weather is likely to be more unsettled, particularly in northern areas.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Orkney and Shetland, where strong winds of around 70mph could cause travel disruption between 4pm on Thursday and 2am on Friday.
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