Extreme cold front coming down from the Arctic as temperatures set to plummet

Mercury is set to plummet with temperatures as low as 5C after a week of heavy rain.

Brits now face a wintery cold snap this weekend, with temperatures dropping by almost a half.

This comes after some parts of the UK revelled in high temperatures reaching up to 19C, reports Mirror Online.

Yesterday morning (Friday), mercury began to drop with the day starting off at 8C in the south.

Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern said today will begin with a "chill in the air" for central and southern Britain as ground frost makes an appearance.

And morning temperatures will remain in single digits across the country.

The dip is thanks to a freezing north westerly wind blowing in from the Arctic, which will remain through the weekend.

A band of rainfall is advancing its way down from the north as the morning continues, eventually striking across England and Wales.

"Some fairly gusty winds with that as well along with a short period of heavy rainfall," continued Mr McGivern, with weather charts showing gusts of 30mph in Scotland.

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"Following on from that we've got sunny spells and showers – and these are going to be some lively downpours, with hail and thunder mixed in across central parts of the UK, southern Scotland, Northern Ireland, northern England, north Wales seeing some thunderstorms perhaps."

Overnight into Saturday some more spots of frost are likely, though it is expected to be a clearer day, though overall a "weekend of sunny spells and showers", added the meteorologist.

The Met Office wrote on Twitter : “It will be a cold start to Friday morning and you will need a thick coat if you are heading out the door first thing.”

The Environment Agency has issued one flood warning for today and 14 alerts in England, while Natural Resources Wales has four alerts in place.

BBC forecaster Helen Willetts said: "It looks like more rain as we move into the beginning of next week."

She added: "It's going to be much colder for all of us in the coming few days."

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