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Will it snow in February 2020? UK long-range weather forecast for the next month

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Although the UK didn’t see a white Christmas in 2019, it's always more likely to see snow in the months of January and February.

For those hoping for the chance to build a snowman, dive downhill on a sledge or throw a snowball or two, here’s how the forecast is currently looking.

A white-out looks unlikely for January 2020 in the UK. Picture: Shutterstock

What's the forecast for the rest of January?

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The Met Office UK outlook for the end of January said: "Most places are expected to be cloudy with a good deal of dry and calm weather on Tuesday. Towards the south, it is likely to be a frosty and foggy start, with some sunny spells and cloudy skies to follow.

"There may be some outbreaks of rain across Northern Ireland and Scotland, which are likely to slowly sink southwards into England and Wales throughout the day.

"Looking further into the week, it seems to remain colder, particularly across central and southern areas of the UK, with widespread frosts developing overnight at times. Towards the latter part of this period, the north and northwest may turn more unsettled with the arrival of wetter, windier and milder weather."

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Will the UK get snow in February this year?

The Met Office UK forecast for Thursday 30 January to Thursday 13 February explains, “Through the end of January and into February, high pressure looks most likely to dominate across the UK, especially in the south.

“Looking further ahead, there seems to be a move to a broadly north/south split. The north and northwest will probably see the wettest and windiest weather whilst further south and southeast, it should be drier and brighter with frost and fog likely overnight.”

However, “During colder, showery interludes, any snow will most likely be over higher ground in the north, but it could fall to lower levels at times,” adds the Met Office.

What's the long-term UK forecast for February?

The Met Office explains that in February, "Temperatures will remain close to or above average through the period, though will likely fluctuate as frontal systems pass through.

"There could be some colder spells in southern and central areas, should any more prolonged settled spells develop."

Temperatures overall in the UK could be above average for this time of year, but this is expected to change depending on weather systems.

Temperatures look set to be above close to or above average in the north, but there could be some colder spells. In the south, temperatures look set to see some cooler spells throughout the period.

Is snow unusual in January?

Winter sports fans may get a chance to try hit the slopes this winter. Picture: Shutterstock

If 2019’s Christmas period felt uncommonly warm, that’s because it was – last December was the hottest on record, with temperatures reaching 18.7C.

However in January and February, snow is perfectly common for the UK, and especially for Scotland.

According to the Met Office, the UK gets on average 23.7 days of snowfall or sleet each year, with most of it falling on higher ground where temperatures are lower.

In Scotland, the average figure is much higher with snow or sleet falling on 38.1 days on average.

The Cairngorms is statistically the snowiest part of the country, with 76.2 days of snow or sleet falling on average each year.


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