Get set for coldest February ever as experts predict big change in weather

Winter is about to roar back with a "big change in the weather" threatening wind, rain and more snow.

People will batten down the hatches from this weekend as settled weather gives way to stormy outbreaks.

Bitter winds from the north will put the nation back on snow-watch through the start of February, experts warn.

Meteorologist for British Weather Services, Jim Dale said: “We will see this quiet weather for a few more days before things change towards the end of the month.

“After weeks of dry weather, an Atlantic influence will bring more in the way of rain through the start of February.

“We are also expecting to see some wintry showers, and blasts from the north or the northeast are not out of the question. These should arrive as brief but sharp incursions through the start of next month.”

Northern Britain is first in line for rain this week before showers sweep the nation as high pressure weakens.

Netweather forecaster Nick Finnis said: “The theme into the latter part of the week and the month is for high pressure to gradually, perhaps somewhat erratically, slip further south and west.

“That will allow low pressure to play more of a role across the north of the UK, but as that trend continues into February, a more mobile, unsettled flavour of weather may spread to all parts.”

Snow-lovers might still get the chance to enjoy the white stuff before the end of winter.

However, wintry downpours are likely to be brief with rain more likely through the coming weeks.

Exacta Weather forecaster James Madden said: “We could be about to see a big change in the weather as we head into February, and this could see the return of snow.

“But this is likely to be brief with mild fronts to continue pushing across the UK from the Atlantic.

“A north-south divide will bring colder conditions to the north and milder weather to the south through the coming weeks.”

Bookies are getting ready for a flurry of bets with Coral slashing the odds from 3-1 to 6-4 on the coldest February ever.

Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead said: “We are going to have to endure a very cold end to January and winter is far from over yet.

“We have slashed the odds on this February entering the record books as the UK’s coldest second month of the year ever.”

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