Brits are being warned to brace for a short, sharp icy snap set to grip the country – with tonight set to be the coldest night of the year.
The Met Office has put a yellow warning in place for the Dumfries and Galloway areas of Scotland urging people to be aware of icy roads, pavements and cycle paths.
While meteorologist Sarah Keith-Lucas told BBC Breakfast viewers: “It’s mixed fortunes during the course of the day, we’ve got a chilly start across the northern half of the country.
“And we’ve got a risk of some ice stretches across parts of Scotland on any untreated surfaces.”
Meanwhile, tonight is set to be the coldest night of the year with lows of -7C hitting parts of the UK due to low pressure coming in from the Atlantic.
However the week will start with mostly dry and sunny spells.
Most of the UK will wake up to a covering of frost on Tuesday morning, following the night of sub-zero temperatures.
As the week goes on there will be blustery showers in parts and some of these could merge into more persistent rain over the south of England and Wales.
Any rainfalls should clear during the evening and winds will ease to allow a frost to develop into the early hours of Tuesday.
It will be mainly dry and bright to the day for much of the nation but will feel much cooler than recent days with the widespread frost bringing problems for commuters.
Overnight lows from 3 to 5C are expected on the south coast with the mercury dropping to around freezing elsewhere.
Coldest values will be felt in northern England and Scotland where temperatures could plunge as low as -6C in the Highlands.
Low pressure from the Atlantic will return by midweek bringing the next wave of wet and windy weather with the prospect of heavy rain in the south where it is predicted to become very mild again.
However, there is a risk of some snow further north, especially on higher ground, as a brisk northerly flow remains in charge.
It should remain unsettled for the rest of the week with a continued snow threat in northern parts of the country.
A spokesperson for The Weather Channel said a northerly flow would be pulled towards the UK causing temperatures to fall during Monday.
The forecaster said light snow was possible, mainly on higher ground in the north, during Monday. However, this could fall at lower levels during Wednesday over Scotland and the Pennines.
Any lingering cloud and rain should clear eastern England through the evening, to leave a largely dry night across the UK with only a few light isolated showers around. A good deal of clear spells for many regions, with only occasional patchy cloud, thus meaning it will be quite a chilly night.
There will be some sunny or bright spells initially in the east, but otherwise, it will be a rather cloudy day as a band of rain pushes up from the south-west, perhaps bringing some hill snow to northern parts later. Much of Scotland will remain dry until evening, however, becoming windy later.
Wednesday, a wet and windy start for many, though it should become more settled later, with perhaps with some bright spells for western parts. Fine and cold over Scotland.
Rather cloudy on Thursday with little in the way of brightness expected, if any, as a band of rain spreads eastwards, accompanied with some brisk winds too.
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