Snow warning as Britain braces for big freeze alert

Britain's crazy weather is set to drop from record highs at New Year to an Artic freeze that will start to bite from Monday.

The mercury is about to plunge as bitter winds and wintry downpours plough in from Canada and the North Pole.

After the warmest New Year on record saw thermometers rocket to 16.2C in London, Britain is back on big freeze alert.

James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, said: “There is something much more wintery on the way as we head into January.

“After the very mild start to the month we expect northerly winds to return through the coming days.

“The month overall looks like dishing up something far wintrier than we have seen over the Christmas and New Year period.”

Temperatures will nosedive on Monday with lows nudging -10C in Scotland by the end of the week.

Polar air will flood the country through Tuesday pushing thermometers nationwide below freezing.

After a brief let up mid-week, it will turn colder again ahead of the weekend thanks to a freezing blast from Canada.

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Bookies are hedging their bets on a major change in the weather with Ladbrokes offering 2/1 on the coldest January ever down from 5/2.

Spokesman Alex Apati said: “There’s an increasing chance we’ll be wrapping up and strapping in for a record-breaking cold January, as far as the latest odds are concerned.”

The Met Office has issued warnings for wind and up to six inches of snow across northern Scotland on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Met Office chief forecaster Steve Ramsdale said: “We are seeing a trend downwards in temperatures with notably colder weather coming into the north from early on Monday.

“This colder air is expected to push southwards into Tuesday bringing wintry showers and frosts.

“Wind and snow warnings have now been issued for parts of Scotland associated with this change.”

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Weather forecasting models predict temperatures to dip to -9C in Scotland this week and below zero nationwide.

Netweather forecaster Nick Finnis said: “There is a cold shock on the way.

“Cold Arctic air looks to spread south across all parts during Tuesday.

“A deep low-pressure system towards Iceland later in the week looks to drive a strong and showery Polar maritime westerly flow across the UK.

“The westerly flow will be sourced from a very cold North-east Canada, and it will probably be cold enough for showers to be wintry in nature, particularly over higher ground.”

Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services, said Britain is about to ‘pay for’ the mild start to 2022.

He said: “The unusually mild weather is not going to last, and we are going to pay for it as we go back into a wintry situation.

“It’s going to turn notably colder with the risk of further snow.

“Winter is not over by any stretch of the imagination, and a taste of proper winter may be about to come back to haunt us.”

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