Weather maps show exact date UK 'colder than Norway' in 2C Polar blast (2024)

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The UK is forecast to be colder than large chunks of Norway next week.

By Grace Piercy

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The UK is set to see temperatures as low as 2C in late May (Image: WXCharts)

Weather maps show the exact date that the UK will be “colder than Norway” as a 2C Polar blast hits parts of the country.

WXCharts has forecast for Britain to be hit with cold weather on May 21, bringing with it unseasonably low temperatures and high winds.

Temperatures will drop as low as 2C in Aberdeen, Inverness, Fort William and Wick, which is five degress cooler than parts of Norway on this date.

It will be warmest in Wales, Northern Ireland, and the southwest of England, with the likes of Plymouth, Conwy and Derry seeing the mercury rise to between 4C and 7C.

The rest of the country including Southampton, London, Manchester and Newcastle will see temperatures hover between 3C and 4C.

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The cold weather will also bring high winds (Image: WXCharts)

If these temperatures are accurate, the UK will be colder than Norway, which is forecast to see temperatures around 7C in the south.

The Met Office said of the period: “The week should start on a reasonable note in many areas, with a fair amount of dry and bright weather, especially in southern parts of the UK.

“Further north and west there will always be more in the way of cloud with a risk of some showers or spells of rain at times."

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    May 16 to May 20


    Rain continuing across some central areas, but showers in the south soon fading. Mist, fog and low cloud developing under any clear spells. Staying mild under any cloud.


    Any mist and fog clearing to leave sunny spells and showers on Friday, these turning particularly heavy with a risk of thunder in the south. Feeling warm in the sunshine.

    Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

    Warm sunny spells and heavy, thundery showers continue on Saturday, particularly in the south. A little drier with fewer showers on Sunday and Monday. Feeling warm in any sunshine.

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    Weather maps show exact date UK 'colder than Norway' in 2C Polar blast (2024)


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    Latitude - higher latitudes are colder. With the UK between 50 and 59 degrees north, it receives cooler temperatures than countries in lower latitudes. Continentality. A location's proximity to the sea affects its temperature and how often it rains.

    Why does UK weather feel colder? ›

    The windier it is, the more our bodies cool and feel the cold. With low pressure to the east of the UK, the northerly wind has been squeezed and strengthened across central and eastern places. Wind chill can effectively halve the actual temperature, so 8°C can feel like 4°C.

    How cold is Norway in the winter? ›

    Winter climate

    Along the coast, temperatures usually stay around zero degrees Celsius. Inland, the temperatures are mostly lower and might sink down to 10-20 degrees below zero Celsius. Some places can even experience an bone chilling minus 40 degrees Celsius!

    What is the climate in Norway right now? ›

    Today's temperature is forecast to be COOLER than yesterday. Cloudy with showers. High 54F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph.

    Why are UK winters getting colder? ›

    A reduction in the temperature difference between the equator and the North Pole due to declining sea ice could potentially reduce the strength of the westerly winds, leading to a greater occurrence of negative NAO and an increase the risk of cold winters. However, warming could also cause air to rise over the Arctic.

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    Despite this, a lack of sunshine and persistent rain may have contributed to it feeling colder than expected in April month. It was quite a dull month – duller than average, the UK provisionally recorded 79% of the long-term average sunshine duration, with 122.9 hours.

    Which is colder, Canada or England? ›

    The United Kingdom is generally warmer than Canada during the winter. During the summer the United Kingdom is generally cooler than Canada. During the spring and the autumn there is not much difference. Most of the populated part of Canada is well south of the UK, but colder in the summer and warmer in the winter.

    Why is the UK so cold right now? ›

    "The reason for this is because we have a stuck weather pattern at the moment caused by high pressure in the Atlantic and low pressure over Scandinavia which has resulted in a consistent feed of air coming in from the cold north or north-west."

    Which country is more beautiful, Canada or the UK? ›

    Although the UK boasts a variety of landscapes, including the Lake and Peak Districts and rolling farmland, it just cannot match Canada's beauty and expansive rolling landscapes. In addition to having the world's longest coastline, Canada contains over a million rivers and lakes, 48 national parks, and much more.

    Is Canada colder than Norway? ›

    So, yes, in winter Canada is colder than Scandinavia. Besides, the chilling factor in Canada makes it feel much colder than the temperature indicates.

    Is Norway colder than Germany? ›

    But keep in mind that because Norway is a lot colder, it also costs more to heat your apartment during those chilly months. Germany has a more moderate climate with colder winters in the north and milder winters in the south.

    Why is Norway wealthy? ›

    The country has a very high standard of living compared with other European countries. Norway's modern manufacturing and welfare system rely on a financial reserve produced by exploitation of natural resources, particularly North Sea oil.

    Is Norway very expensive? ›

    Norway does not top the list of the most expensive countries in Europe, moreover, Oslo is no longer on the top 20 list of the most expensive cities in the world, according to Mercer's exhaustive 2023 cost of living city rankings.

    Is Norway a good place to live? ›

    It's a safe country

    Generally, crime in Norway is very low. It's safe to walk places by yourself, as violent crime is quite rare. Of course there is a difference to living in Oslo, and living in a smaller town in the countryside. You'll even notice, in some towns, people may leave bicycles out and unlocked.

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    Gulf Stream

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