Britain is braced for a another icy blast as the country faces a -14 Valentine’s Day freeze.
While most of the country will enjoy some milder temperatures for over the next week as snow melts and warmer air moves in, conditions are set to change once again towards the middle of the month.
From Valentine’s Day onwards, forecasters are warning of a ‘dramatic dip’ in temperatures – lasting until the end of the month.
It follows days of snow chaos which hit parts of the UK last week and over the weekend – brining travel chaos to thousands as train and airport services were delayed or cancelled.
Speaking about the change in temperatures ahead, Met Office expert Simon Partridge said: “Things are picking up now as we start to see milder air push in from the south-west today.
“In south-west England we could see plus 10C, while more broadly across England it could be six or seven degrees."
But he warned of a dramatic upcoming dip, with the potential for snow until the end of the month.
He added: “Most forecast models agree temperatures will dip again from around February 14 onwards until late February, with potential for temperatures well below zero and further snow showers.”
Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond, of weathertrending, said there would be snow into March and easterly winds coming all the way from Russia.
And the Weather Company has predicted bone-chilling lows of -16C in higher parts, the coldest for nine years.
While it is likely to warm up this week, much of the UK can expect strong winds – and possible flash flooding as snow melts.
The Environment Agency said ‘rain has been heavier than expected’ and with the quick thawing of snow flood alert has already been issued in Somerset and at Chew Magna.
The agency said residents in West Somerset should beware of possible flooding.
They said the area is low-lying, and many villages are liable to flood if levels rise.
In a statement headed ‘West Somerset Streams Flooding is possible – be prepared’ the agency warned.
"The rain that has been falling throughout the early hours of 04/02/19 has been greater than was forecast."
Commuters are being warned to take extra care on wet roads – days after thousands of commuter journeys were hampered by snow and ice warnings.
The Met Office a yellow weather warning for snow and ice across most of the country – with Heathrow, Bristol and London City Airports all seeing their flight schedule affected.
A yellow weather warning for snow and ice is still in place across parts of Scotland this morning amid fears over dangerous roads and black ice.
England saw its coldest night for a year on Saturday, with the mercury tumbling to -11.7C in Chillingham Barns, Northumberland.
In Scotland, temperatures fell to -12.6C at Braemar in the Highlands.
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