14 Oct 2015

Snow in Germany. Will it reach here?

If you’ve stepped outside in the past couple of days, you can’t fail to have noticed a chill in the air.

An easterly wind has been bringing air that has Arctic origins, although it’s taken a little bit of an indirect journey to get here.

Nevertheless, temperatures by day across the UK have struggled to reach 15C, with temperatures at night widely falling to 2-6C in towns and cities, and as low as -3C in the countryside.


Further eastwards across Europe, the chill has been felt with more force, being closer to the source of where this chilly air has come from.

Early snow for Germany

Today, central and eastern parts of Germany woke up to some early season snow – even down to sea level.

A combination of the chilly air and an area of low pressure, bringing moisture laden weather fronts, has blanketed these areas with as much as 10cm in some places.

People took to Twitter to share the wintry views from their windows, offering a stark reminder that winter’s icy breath is not far away.

It’s not unheard of to get snow in autumn across Europe – even here in the UK – but when it falls in October, it can be as little as a few weeks since the legacy of summer-like warmth remains in our thoughts.

Will it snow in the UK?

Yet again, some tabloid newspapers have been running headlines that there is snow on the way and that this winter is going to be very cold and snowy.

If you look back to the same time period in the last few years, similar headlines have been published, yet nothing has materialised.

I’m not saying that it will or won’t be a cold, snowy winter. It’s just impossible to know with any useful of level of certainty what the weather will do months ahead.

The main theme for the UK for the next five days is a generally settled one, with high pressure sitting over us.


Whilst there will be a lot of dry weather, there could be a few showers over central and eastern parts of England and the north of Scotland.

Otherwise, the chilly theme will continue with varying amounts of cloud by day, along with mist and fog patches by night.

Don’t forget, you can get the latest forecast on the Channel 4 Weather website. I’ll also be posting updates on Twitter – @liamdutton

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