Britain braces itself for a cold snap in next week’s weather

BIG FREEZE Britain could be battered by snow and freezing temperatures in the coming weeks

BIG FREEZE Britain could be battered by snow and freezing temperatures in the coming weeks

Lows of -2C are expected overnight from Thursday into early Friday morning.

"From the middle of next week, and especially during the last week of January and into early February, there is an increased likelihood of cold weather becoming established across all of the UK".

Snow in Perth during the Beast from the East in 2018.

But in a couple of weeks' time, the temperatures will fall to about 3.5C (38F), below the January average.

"Colder air will move into northern Scotland later, with showers there turning increasingly wintry".

Met forecaster Marco Petagna said: 'On Wednesday we'll see temperatures in rural areas [in the North East] dipping well below freezing.

Forecasters have warned that temperatures will plunge toward the end of January, despite above-average figures over the last few days. It is hard to know to what extent that is going to affect us.

The Met Office has said there are signs cold air from the east could make its way to the United Kingdom by the end of the month and into February, but cautioned that this does not automatically mean the return of the so-called Beast from the East which brought heavy snowfall.

"Normally at the end of January you would expect a maximum daytime temperature to be around 6C on the coast, in Dundee, or 3C-4C in the Highlands". Unlike the "Beast from the East" past year, this event is burrowing down through the atmosphere relatively slowly.

Snow could arrive in Northern Ireland as soon as this weekend.

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"I think it is reasonable in that on Friday night there will be some snow in Scotland but we don't know how much of it will settle", Mr Bowles added. It will bring a lot more moisture.

"If we think there is anything severe we'll be issuing weather warnings".

A blast of Arctic air will see temperatures drop in Swindon this week, bringing an end to what has been a mild January.

"The rain could turn to snow nearly anywhere, but particularly across northern and central areas, especially later in this period".

The weather forecast throughout Kent remains cloudy throughout the week with highs of 9C.

"Thereafter, it looks to become colder across the United Kingdom due to the recent stratospheric warming event, but brief milder interludes can't be ruled out".

However, an update on Met Office website on Monday afternoon suggests that snow could arrive as soon as Saturday.

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