London braces for coldest weather in years

GETTYBritain is bracing itself for freezing Siberian winds and snow

GETTYBritain is bracing itself for freezing Siberian winds and snow

The weather system nicknamed as the "beast from the east" is heading our way, bringing with it freezing temperatures and the likelihood of heavy snow.

'During Monday and Tuesday, snow showers are expected to move into eastern areas, before spreading westwards across England.

The alert, issued for 9:00 on Friday until 8:00 on 1 March, warns the cold can be risky especially for the very young, very old or those with chronic diseases.

The Chief Forecaster's assessment said: "There is a lot of uncertainty in the extent and timing of snow during Tuesday".

Mitchell added: "It's already quite cold this weekend but it's largely sunny across the United Kingdom and it should stay dry for the rest of the day and tomorrow, so that's the good news".

Wednesday will see some more snow showers.

"Cold and generally dry today and cloud will break up and sunny spells will develop, especially in eastern and midland areas this afternoon".

"The most likely time for a period of more widespread snow now looks to be during Tuesday morning".

Councillor Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways and Transport at Lincolnshire County Council, said: "During the day, temperatures will struggle to rise above 0 and in the wind will feel like -4 or -5".

Forecasters said temperatures will not get above 2C in Scotland's cities, and could even drop to lows of -5C.

Heavy snow is expected to hit most of the United Kingdom next week as a cold blast of air known as "the Beast from the East" arrives from Russian Federation.

We're due to get snow in the North East next week.

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By Wednesday next, day-time temperatures in Dublin will hover around freezing.

The cold snap will affect the whole of the United Kingdom from Sunday night with temperatures expected to drop to -8C in some areas.

"We haven't had temperatures that low in late February since 2013".

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