Britain braces for Arctic blast and gale force winds

Britain braces for Arctic blast and gale force winds amid warnings of -7C temperatures and up to eight inches of snow on higher ground by Tuesday

  • Higher ground of Pennines and Snowdonia will be hit by snow as an icy Arctic blast sends chills through UK
  • A Met Office spokesman said Monday night into Tuesday will be particularly cold and will be frosty morning
  • Some snow on higher ground in Northern England and Northern Wales expected towards end of the week
  • First week of December will be  a ‘yo-yo weather week’ with rainy spells, frosty mornings and cloudy days

Snow is expected to sweep across parts of Britain this week as temperatures are expected to plummet 7 degrees below zero.

Initial forecasts for the first week of December predict ‘yo-yo weather’ affecting all areas of the UK, with many locations seeing chilly starts and showers of rain.

This comes as much of the west coast of Britain and northern Scotland were battered by Storm Diana last week which brought 80mph winds and flooding.

By midweek higher ground may be hit by snow as an icy Arctic blast sends chills through the UK. The peaks of the Pennines are expected to have between four and eight inches of snow and Snowdonia in North Wales could see almost an inch. 

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Woman shelters from the rain under an umbrella in London with an icy blast fast approaching

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Met Office meteorologist Sarah Kent told MailOnline: ‘It’s been a contrasting Sunday morning with frost in Scotland but a milder start in the south of England where temperatures have reached 13C.

‘This is more than we’d expect the maximum to be at this time of year when the average temperature is usually no more than 10C. However there’s not been much sunshine.

‘In Northern Ireland, the north of England and Scotland it should be a bright morning but cloud will come in with bursts of rain, which could be especially heavy in Northern Ireland.’

Monday morning is expected to be a chilly one with temperatures expected to plummet to zero in the North after rain through the night and it will be a wintry, frosty start.  

A man strides over a puddle on Oxford Street in London during the wet weather this week

Monday and Tuesday will see the dramatic fall below zero. Thankfully however, most of the snow is expected to fall solely on higher ground and in the north. 

Scotland and northern parts of the UK may also experience freezing temperatures on Sunday when most other places are generally mild.  

On Tuesday night rain is expected and this will turn to snow as it falls over higher ground.

The Met Office predicts there could be between 10-20cm of snow settling over the highest ground of the Pennines in Yorkshire and around 1.5cm of snow in Snowdonia, north Wales.

Meteorologist Sarah Kent said: ‘We’ll be watching how the weather develops closely and could be issuing some weather warnings later in the week when the picture becomes clearer.

‘It’s going to be a yo-yo weather week with a bit of everything ranging from frost, showers of rain and cloud.

‘By the end of this week there’s also the possibility of strong gales in Scotland and the weather will stay unsettled heading towards next weekend.’ 

People out pre Christmas shopping shelter under umbrellas on Oxford Street in London yesterday during the wet weather

Saturday shoppers shelter from the rain, they may need to wrap up even warmer as snow may be on the horizon

On Saturday a Met Office spokesman said: ‘It’s still a slightly muddled picture at the moment – but there’s certainly a possibility that, in the north and central England, lower lying areas will also see some snow. It is one to keep an eye on.’

Last week several severe weather warnings were issued across the UK, with strong winds and downpours seen across much of Wales, Northern Ireland, western England and Scotland. 

Storm Diana caused havoc across the UK meaning that flights were delayed and roads were flooded.

On Thursday a pylon at Hull KR’s KCOM stadium collapsed onto the pitch due to the intense gusts.

In Scotland James and Susan Kenneavy Ford Kuga was found empty on Drummore beach near Stranaer at around 7.30am on Thursday.

The couples bodies were found by search teams washed up on a beach on Saturday morning.

A shopper in canvas shoes jumps over a puddle on Oxford Street in London during the wet weather yesterday afternoon

Police Scotland said the body of a woman was found at the edge of the water in Port William, Newton Stewart, at around 8.15am on Saturday. The body of a man was found nearby around half an hour later. 

Heavy rain in the area had led to flooding and the coastguard was drafted in to help with the search.

Inspector Craig Nicolson said: ‘We know the Drummore coastal road was closed last night due to coastal flooding, but I would ask anyone that seen the vehicle or the knows the whereabouts of the couple to contact Police Scotland.’

Meanwhile London Northwestern Railway and West Midlands Railway providers said a 50mph speed limit on the tracks on Thursday had left some trains ‘out of position’ across its network, causing huge backlogs.

Motorists faced delays, with widespread reports of trees and debris blocking roads and gale-force winds shutting some bridges.

Hundreds of flights serving London airports were cancelled or delayed amid thick fog on Thursday with one in three planes disrupted at Heathrow. 

London City saw 62 cancellations and 46 delays, while Gatwick experienced no cancellations but 173 delays.

The figures were published by aviation data firm FlightStats.

Fog reduces visibility for pilots and air traffic controllers, meaning the safe distance between aircraft is increased. This disrupts the normal pattern of take-offs and landings. 

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