Arctic blast descends on UK this week with ‘snow’ and plunging temperatures

An Arctic blast is due to hit the UK this week, with Brits braced for plunging temperatures and “likely snow” up north.

After a mild weekend, many regions of the UK experienced patchy frost and chilly conditions this morning with temperatures as low as 4C overnight.

The mercury is expected to fall to 0C in Edinburgh on Wednesday, November 25.

Rain will spread across north-western areas of the UK and will be accompanied by strong to gale winds in the west of Scotland on Monday, November 23, according to a Met Office forecast.

Tomorrow, most of the UK will be mild but temperatures will be lower in the north-west.

On Wednesday, strong winds are expected along with “frost and fog” on Thursday and Friday.

Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond, of weathertrending, told The Sun: “Arctic air will bring lower temperatures from midweek, with snow likely in the North in particular.”

Paul Michaelwaite, Netweather forecaster, told the Express Online that snow is possible in Scotland on Tuesday.

He said: “Colder air will start to tuck in behind the front bringing the wet weather as it starts to make its move, which means some snow is possible up over the high ground of Scotland before it clears.”

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Looking ahead to December, forecasters have predicted colder than average temperatures.

Leon Brown, head of meteorological operations at The Weather Company's Weather Channel arm, said: "People will get a shock after recent mild winters. It looks like a close call for this winter to be 0.3C below average, which would make it the coldest winter since the early 2010s.

"A colder-than-average December is favoured, with Arctic influxes from the north-west due to the jet stream's position.

"-10C in Scotland and -5C in England is expected, with snow in the North including to lower levels at times, and a risk in the South, with some travel disruption."

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The Met Office’s November-January forecast reads: “The chances of cold spells are higher than has been the case in recent years.

“Long-range computer models show increased chances of northwesterly winds.”

Ladbrokes’ odds for snow to fall anywhere in the UK on December 25 are currently 6/4.

Spokesman Alex Apati said: "Punters dreaming of a white Christmas look destined to get their wish later this year as we strap ourselves in for a record-breaking cold winter ahead."

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