UK weather warning: Snow forecast as Scandinavian blast sees temperatures plummet to -4C

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BRITAIN is set to be blasted by snow showers as freezing Arctic air closes in from Scandinavia which will see temperatures plummet to -4C .

The big freeze will kick of tomorrow as an area low pressure sweeps southwards from Scandinavia forcing temperatures to drop to a bitter -2C on Bonfire night. Forecasters warn this November is set to be the coldest for nine years. In 2010 temperatures reached lows of -21C in Scotland, -19C in England and -18C in Wales.

Scotland is set to see the worst of the conditions on Guy Fawkes night with lows of -2C before the cold weather snap drifts southwards with lows of -4C by the end of the week.

Met Office forecaster Luke Miall said: “A much colder spell of weather arrives as cold air sinks down from Scandinavia and the Arctic from Tuesday.

“Wrap up warm for Bonfire Night and wear wellies. After recent rain, there’s the risk of cancellations for events using parking on grass.

“Tuesday night looks dry but frosty, with -2C lows in Scotland, with cold nights in the South as well later in the week and -4C possible.”

The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “After a number of mild Novembers in recent years, computer models for the month ahead suggest this November is set to be the coldest since 2010.”

As the week progresses daytime temperatures will struggle to reach 8C with snow forecast in Scotland.

Gusts of up to 50mph in the south will make temperatures feel much colder with cool air lingering into the weekend.

Mr Miall added: “Daytime temperatures will struggle to 6-8C for many this week, with midweek showers cold enough for snow in Scotland and to lower levels on Shetland, with 50mph gusts forecast in the South-West.

“The pool of cold air stays with us and it looks like remaining on the cold side from the weekend onwards.”

Netweather.tv forecaster Jo Farrow said: “This low pressure is going to finally clear off over the Low Countries allowing a colder north-easterly flow for Tuesday.

“Another Atlantic low soon heads in bringing more unsettled weather but this week won’t be as mild.

Ahead of temperatures plummeting, strong winds and heavy showers are forecast for the north of England and Scotland this afternoon.

The Environment Agency has a total of 39 flood alerts in place from southwest England, the Midlands and the northeast.

Thunderstorms are also expected across southern regions.

Ms Farrow added: “There will be more heavy rain or hefty showers with brisk winds around the low pressure.

“Nearer the centre will be some quieter spells, with lighter winds, bright skies and fewer showers once the early morning fog disappears.



“The showers over southern Britain will include some sharp downpours and a few thunderstorms this afternoon. “

She added:“The rain over eastern Scotland will be driven further inland today with miserable conditions as the rain spreads over SE Scotland and through the Central Belt.

“There are other feeds of rain or showers, over northern England, into eastern Northern Ireland, around the Irish Sea.”

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