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UK weather: Met Office forecasts wintry ‘sleet and snow’ showers as Arctic blast causes temperatures to plummet this week | UK News

The first taste of winter is on its way with the UK set to see wintry showers – including sleet and snow – as cold Arctic air sweeps across the country.

The Met Office forecasts heavy showers and gales across Scotland and some parts of northern England on Thursday, particularly in the northeast, but it is expected to stay largely dry across the rest of the country and Wales.

Forecasters say it will turn noticeably colder by Friday, with temperatures expected to plummet – reaching below freezing in some parts.

Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: “By the end of the week we are going to see cold winds arrive from the north.

“It’s going to feel colder this week and there will be some snow showers over, mainly, hills of northern Scotland.

“But elsewhere, with high pressure in place, it is going to be mostly dry on Friday and into the start of the weekend.”

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Met Office weather map for UK for Friday 24 November, 2023
Forecasters say it will turn noticeably colder on Friday. Pic: Met Office

He said Friday would be a “chillier” day and as the wind arrives it will bring showers to northern Scotland and parts of North Wales.

“Although those showers will be falling as sleet and snow over the hills of northern Scotland, perhaps to lower levels in the far north, for the vast majority despite the chill in the air, it’s a dry, it’s a bright day,” he said.

“As we head into the weekend it is a continuation of that theme,” he added.

“Those showers falling as snow mostly over northern hills, but widespread snow very unlikely, and for the vast majority it’s just dry, crisp, bright autumn weather.”

Met Office weather map for UK for Saturday 25 November, 2023
The wintry conditions are expected to continue into the weekend on Saturday. Pic: Met Office

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Sky News weather producer Chris England added the Arctic air will spread to most of Britain over the next couple of days, behind a band of mostly light and patchy rain, “bringing very strong winds and a scattering of hail and snow showers to the north and east”.

He added: “High pressure following from the west will settle things down later on Friday, with an extensive frost developing overnight.

“Temperatures will mostly be a degree or two (Celsius) above or below freezing, but some sheltered northern parts may well go a few degrees lower.”

UK weather: Heavy rain to drench UK before temperatures soar to 30C next week | UK News

The UK will be drenched in heavy rain next week but the deluge could give way to temperatures of 30C, according to the Met Office.

A yellow rain warning has been issued for northern England and Wales on Monday, with risks of flooding and disruption to infrastructure and transport.

However, once the rain subsides temperatures are set to soar in parts of the country, with southern England reaching 30C by the weekend – higher than the 26C predicted in Los Angeles.

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Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said the warning runs through the early hours of Monday morning and into the evening, ending at 9pm.

He said temperatures should remain between 18-23C, before becoming drier on Tuesday.

“Temperatures overall similar to the last couple of days really. So, jumping between 18 and 23C so overall an unsettled day,” he said.

“The good news is that low pressure moves out of the way as we go into Tuesday, so it should be a drier day on Tuesday.

“A better chance of seeing some sunny spells particularly across eastern parts of the UK.”

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File photo dated 10/08/23 of people enjoying the sun on Paignton beach in Torbay. Tropical air could make parts of the UK hotter than California at the end of next week with temperatures possibly soaring past 30C, after heavy rain lashes the country. Issue date: Saturday August 12, 2023.
Paignton beach in Torbay

Temperatures could begin to soar

He said temperatures could then start to soar in southern parts of the UK as the week progresses.

“An area of low pressure to the west of the UK and the Atlantic slowly starts to move towards us,” he said.

“What that allows to happen is for the winds to turn southerly, and we start to import some higher temperatures from the near continent.

“So, staying into Friday, we’re likely to see those temperatures rising, potentially getting towards the high 20s and then possibly by Friday and into the weekend, depending on cloud and shower distribution, we could locally see temperatures around 30C by the weekend.”

It comes after the UK experienced its sixth-wettest July on record, with flooding and strong gusts from Storm Antoni bringing a miserable start to August.

UK weather: Parts of UK could be hotter than California next week with temperatures soaring past 30C | UK News

Tropical air could cause temperatures to soar past 30C in parts of the UK, making it hotter than California by the end of the week, after heavy rain lashes the country.

High pressure is set to build from the middle of next week, meaning southeast England could reach 32C on Friday, according to the Met Office – higher than the 26C predicted in Los Angeles.

However, it will come after most of the country is inundated by heavy and persistent rain from Sunday evening into Monday.

A weather warning could be imposed on parts of north Wales, with two inches of rain set to fall on Monday – about half a month’s worth for the area.

It comes after the UK experienced its sixth-wettest July on record, with flooding and strong gusts from Storm Antoni bringing a miserable start to August.

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Met Office forecaster Dan Stroud said: “We are looking at the possibility of reaching the low 30s later in the week, most likely on Friday, probably in and around London, running into East Anglia and other parts of the south and east.

“We’ve got low pressure dominating at the moment, that will eventually give way to another area of heavy rain and cloud which will move up from the south and west into Monday, which will be a miserable and wet day across England and Wales.

“Beyond that, there are tentative signs of an improvement, gradually losing that showery signal during Tuesday and Wednesday, and temperatures will start to climb.

“We’ve got high pressure building from the middle of the week and that will tap into some tropical continental air, which will draw up some very warm, locally hot air that will allow temperatures to climb steadily.

“By the time we get into Friday and maybe into Saturday we stand a chance of breaking into the 30s.”

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People enjoy the warm weather at Camber Sands in East Sussex. Picture date: Thursday August 10, 2023.
Camber Sands in East Sussex

Much of England and Wales set to surpass 25C

Temperatures could also climb in other parts of the country on Friday, with much of England and Wales set to surpass 25C, while Scotland and Northern Ireland could reach the low-to-mid 20s.

Many areas will be dry with sunny spells during the warm period, according to the Met Office, though there may be outbreaks of thunder showers.

But Mr Stroud said the heat will be short-lived as low pressure will move back in, causing more unsettled conditions next weekend.

UK weather: Joint hottest day of the year so far as temperatures rise above 32C | UK News

The UK has recorded its joint hottest day of the year so far – but forecasters predict conditions are set to cool in the coming days.

The mercury soared to 32.2C at Coningsby, Lincolnshire, on Sunday afternoon – matching the high reached at Chertsey, Surrey, on 10 June.

Coningsby is the same place where the UK’s hottest ever temperature of 40.3C was recorded in July last year.

But on Sunday evening, a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms was in place for large parts of eastern England and Scotland up until 9pm, with the Met Office forecasting up to 30mm of rain could fall in some places.

Conditions are expected to cool on Monday and Tuesday, with fresher air expected, particularly in the South East.

In London, temperatures are unlikely to top 24C, representing “quite a significant drop”, the Met Office said.

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In the South West, Glastonbury Festival revellers were expected to stay dry during Elton John’s closing set on Sunday night.

No “significant” rain is forecast for festival-goers’ journey home on Monday.

The Met Office said temperatures over the weekend had matched those of popular Mediterranean holiday hotspots, but also warned the public to take care.

A 15-year-old girl died after being pulled from the sea off Cleethorpes beach in Lincolnshire on Saturday evening, while a teenage boy was also rescued and taken to hospital. He has since been discharged.

Meanwhile, the London Fire Brigade said 10 fire engines and around 70 firefighters were sent to tackle a grass blaze on Rammey Marsh in Enfield.

Around one hectare of grassland was damaged by the blaze, which was brought under control just after 3pm.

London’s New Wimbledon theatre cancelled a performance of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory The Musical due to sweltering temperatures.

It tweeted: “Due to outside temperatures in excess of 30C and its impact on working conditions on stage, we have reluctantly taken the decision to cancel today’s performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical.”

Looking to the days ahead, Met Office meteorologist Amy Bokota said: “That really humid air is likely to feel a lot more comfortable than it has done for the last couple of weeks.

“Monday will be fresher with some sunshine and showers like we have seen today.”

UK weather: Temperatures forecast to cool across parts of country after hottest day of the year so far | UK News

Sunday was officially the hottest day of 2023 so far – but temperatures are predicted to fall this week.

Plymouth hit 24.4C (75.9F) yesterday, beating Saturday’s high of 24.3C (75.7F) in Bramham, West Yorkshire, by just a tenth of a degree.

Previously the hottest temperature of the year was 23.4C (74.1F) – recorded in Cardiff last Monday.

High pressure meant dry and warm conditions across the UK last week, but forecasters expect a cooler feel from Monday night.

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“Generally, there will be a lot of dry weather around and a good amount of sunshine still,” Met Office meteorologist Jonathan Vautrey said.

“Hazy cloud pushing through at times might make the sunshine hazy in places.

“Temperatures then going to be feeling cooler along eastern coastal areas.”

Colder conditions in the “far north” and east will be brought on by a “cool breeze off the North Sea”, the Met Office added.

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Lake Windermere in Cumbria on Sunday

Warmer weather in the west

For the rest of this week, half-term for much of England and Wales, the best weather will be confined to western areas, with eastern parts cloudier and cooler.

South West England and Wales are set to have the highest temperatures for the remainder of the bank holiday.

Two men died having been pulled from the sea near Torbay in Devon during the hot weather on Saturday, with emergency services warning people against swimming in non-guarded areas.

UK weather: Bitter winter temperatures set to return next week – and there could be snow | UK News

Parts of the UK are likely to see weather warnings early next week, as bitter winter temperatures return for a brief time.

There are currently no Met Office weather warnings in place but the UK Health Security Agency has issued a cold weather alert.

Both organisations say all parts of England will experience cold weather from 1am on Monday until midnight on Wednesday.

Some regions could even see snow.

Dr Agostinho Sousa, head of extreme events and health protection at UKHSA, said: “During periods like this, it is important to check in on family, friends and relatives who may be more vulnerable to the cold weather, as it can have a serious impact on health.

“If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over the age of 65, it is important to try and heat your home to at least 18C if you can.”

It comes as people continue to struggle with high energy bills, and the UKHSA offered some advice to people trying to stay warm.

Several layers of thinner clothing will keep you warmer than one thick layer, they said.

Drinking hot drinks and eating hot food also helps.

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‘A distinctly wintry feel to our weather next week’

Chris Almond, deputy chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “Although we’ve moved into meteorological spring there will be a distinctly wintry feel to our weather next week.

“Very cold air will spread across the UK bringing snow showers even to sea level in the north on Monday and these snow showers could spread further south on Tuesday.

“With freezing overnight temperatures and the risk of ice, it is likely weather warnings will be issued for Monday and Tuesday once the detail of potential impacts becomes clearer, so keep an eye on the Met Office forecast.”

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It comes after England had its driest February in 30 years, according to the Met Office.

The UK saw less than half of its average rainfall for the month, at 45%, with just 43.4mm.

UK weather: Met Office issues ice warnings, plummeting temperatures and rain to hit Britain | UK News

Plummeting temperatures and icy conditions are set to sweep parts of Britain overnight after the country endured a cold snap and consistent downpours at the end of 2022.

Yellow weather warnings for ice are in place for the North of England and across Northern Ireland from midnight on Monday until 11am on Tuesday.

The Met Office has also issued yellow weather warnings for ice in Scotland from 6pm on New Year’s Day until 11am on Monday, with temperatures expected to drop to -8C in the Highlands.

Pic: Met Office
Pic: Met Office

The forecaster warned of the risk of injuries from slips and falls, along with icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.

While rainfall is easing for many, it will remain cold in the North and West of the country, with the Met Office adding: “Rain in northeast and southeast is clearing during the evening, though lingering over the Northern Isles.

“A few showers elsewhere, but plenty of dry weather with easing winds. Cold in the north and west with some frost. Icy stretches in the north.”

It added that “ice remains the main hazard”.

A snow warning across central and northern Scotland was in place until midday on Sunday.

The Met Office predicts a “much better day than of late” on Monday with most areas expecting fine, dry and bright weather after a chilly start through showers in the southeast during the morning, though it will remain showery in northwest Scotland.

Met Office meteorologist Dan Stroud said: “We’re expecting temperatures to drop quite quickly, quite widely – actually below zero – with some rural spots getting down to -7C, -8C tonight in the Highlands.”

He added: “The rest of the UK, certainly a colder night than the night just gone… a few showers moving off of the north and west around Liverpool Bay area across the Lake District, and those will leave behind wet surfaces during the course of the afternoon and into the evening.”

After a cold and dry day on Monday, forecasters say the first week of 2023 looks unsettled with wet and windy weather for most, before turning milder.

Fourteen flood warnings are in place for the next five days, with local flooding from rivers and surface water possible on Tuesday and Wednesday for parts of North West England.

Land, roads and some properties could also flood, and there may be travel disruption.

For most of Tuesday and Wednesday, the Met Office predicts it will be unsettled and windy for most parts of the country, with showers or longer spells of rain.

It is expected to turn mild after a chilly start on Tuesday morning, with further rain in mainly central and southern areas forecast later on Thursday.

UK weather: Final day of cold snap before big jump in temperatures – but rain and ice warnings remain | UK News

The UK is in its final day of the cold snap before a big jump in temperatures on Monday – but warnings for snow, ice and rain are still widely in force.

Sunday has seen temperatures of 3 to 7C (37 to 44F) across most of the country, before it’s forecast to get steadily warmer from early evening and through the night.

Monday is expected to bring highs of 13 to 14C (55 to 57F) in London, Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff.

That’s a significant increase on daytime temperatures that have recently struggled to get above freezing, with many places well below zero overnight.

Braemar in Scotland endured -17.3C on Tuesday.

But the swing from freezing to almost spring-like temperatures comes with a warning of treacherous road conditions.

Met Office alerts for freezing rain and ice cover much of northern England until 8pm on Sunday, with an overlapping yellow snow alert stretching to northern Scotland.

Freezing rain is rare in the UK and occurs when it hits a cold surface and freezes almost instantly, producing striking effects as the raindrop spreads out momentarily before it freezes.

Heavy rain warnings also cover most of England and Wales from 6pm Sunday until Monday morning, with flooding possible in places.

A level-three cold weather alert – issued by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) – is also in place until midnight in England, warning of increased health risks to vulnerable people.

Royal Quays Marina at North Shields, North Tyneside
Temperatures have recently struggled to get above freezing

The leap in temperatures could also cause some pipes to burst as water thaws – as seen in parts of London this week when 60 firefighters had to help people in flooded streets.

Water UK have advised people to make sure their pipes are well insulated.

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With any frozen ponds and lakes now set to thaw rapidly, fire chiefs urged people not to set foot on the ice after several calls in the same week that four children died in an accident.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) retweeted a photo of people, including children, on a frozen pond in Wimbledon.

“Sadly more examples of people walking on frozen ponds in #London. In the strongest way possible please do not do this!” it posted.

“It may look sturdy enough to stand on, but it often isn’t. If you fall into icy water, the risk of hypothermia is high and can prove fatal,” the LFB added.

Power was today restored to the remaining people in Shetland still battling outages after heavy snow downed power lines on Monday.

More than 5,000 homes lost electricity and a major incident was declared on the islands.

Mr Brown, the Scottish government’s lead minister for resilience, said the “exceptional weather conditions” had inflicted “complex damage to the power network which was very challenging to restore”.