UK weather: Met Office warns of 'cold and frost'
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Temperatures are forecast to plummet below freezing from this evening, before an Icelandic weather system heads towards the UK over the weekend. A deep area of low pressure is poised to bring wintry conditions across vast areas of the country.
From Thursday evening, frost and ice is set to develop across southern areas as the Met Office predicts lows of -3C.
Heading into Saturday, Netweather.TV forecaster Nick Finnis warned Britons to expect “blizzard conditions”.
The cold blast is poised to increase the chances of ground frost and ice forming on vehicle windscreens.
The drop in air temperature is also bad news for gardens as outdoor scrubs and plants face being wiped out this winter.
The cold-weather system comes as many Britons head outdoors this weekend to celebrate Bonfire night.
Met Office forecaster Aidan McGiven said the bitter freeze should be expected from this evening.
He said: “Where we’ve got the cloud and breeze off the sea, temperatures should stay up at 5C to 7C but inland we’re looking at low single figures with perhaps some shelter spots a little below freezing.
“Into Thursday evening, once again widely clearing skies.
“A frosty night to come as we start of Friday’s temperatures as low as -3C across some sheltered parts of southern UK.”
Mr Finnis added spells of rain are expected further north with frost developing in southern areas.
He said: “Cloudy and milder across northern and western areas tonight, with outbreaks of rain across northern and western Scotland, patchy light rain or drizzle elsewhere across the northwest. Drier with clear spells across central, southern and eastern England – leading to a cold night with a frost in the south.
“Mild, mostly dry but probably cloudy Friday night for those outdoors for bonfire night celebrations.”
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The latest temperature maps show a cold weather system hurling towards the UK from Saturday.
Temperature models produced by WXcharts depicts an icy-blue low pressure system from Scandinavia descending over northern and eastern parts of the country.
Overnight on Saturday, temperatures are expected to reach lows of 2C in Scotland, 4C in the North and 6C in the South.
Daytime temperatures are poised to remain in double figures throughout much of the weekend as sunshine begins to break through, but strong winds will make it feel a lot cooler.
Mr Finnis added: “Then on Saturday, a deep area of low pressure moves east close to Iceland, bringing blizzard conditions there.
“Across the UK, this deep low will bring a spell wet and windy weather across the north, followed by brighter conditions with blustery showers in the northwest. Southern areas mostly dry, mild, cloudy and breezy. Temperatures reaching 12-14C widely.
“A windy day again on Sunday across the north, gales possible across northern Scotland early in the morning.
“A weak cold front clears the south in the morning, so a cloudy start with patchy light rain here before turning drier and sunnier, sunshine and showers across the north before showers ease in the afternoon. Fairly mild, temperatures reaching 11-14C.”
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