Weather forecast UK LIVE – Met Office warnings as FREEZING Icelandic air to bring brutal -7C Arctic chill to Britain

BRITAIN is bracing for an “Arctic plunge” as a ten-day chill is set to sweep through the country from today.

Snow is forecast up and down the UK with the cold creeping in over the weekend which comes with lows of -7C.

Lows of -7C are expected later next week when ice and frost start to sweep across the country.

A 900-mile wide Arctic plunge will hit the country fromTuesday, with blankets of snow to hit Scotland first.

A BBC forecast reads: “A surge of colder Icelandic air will spill across the UK over the final ten days of November and linger into the first few days of December. The most prominent drivers of this pattern will be high pressure in the Atlantic and a trough over Continental Europe.”

And a “secondary push of colder Icelandic air” is then expected to arrive towards the end of the week, “further dropping temperatures”

Read our weather live blog for the latest forecasts and updates…

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    London and South East weather outlook for this week

    Tuesday:

    A mainly dry day across the region with some sunny intervals. However, further showers are likely around the Kent coast. Maximum temperature 9 °C.

    Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:

    Mist and fog with some patchy drizzle on Wednesday, slowly clearing. Thursday colder with sunny spells after early rain clears. Friday increasingly unsettled and breezy, with rain spreading east later.

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    UK braced for ‘colder Icelandic air’

    BBC Weather has predicted gusts of “colder Icelandic air” will travel down across the UK during the last days of November.

    The forecast reads: “A surge of colder Icelandic air will spill across the UK over the final ten days of November and linger into the first few days of December.

    “The most prominent drivers of this pattern will be high pressure in the Atlantic and a trough over Continental Europe.”

    And a “secondary push of colder Icelandic air” is then expected to arrive towards the end of the week, “further dropping temperatures”

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    Cold start to Tuesday morning

    The Met Office tweeted: "It will be a #cold start in most places on #Tuesday morning with some patchy #fog, most likely in western areas.

    "There'll also be some sunshine for many, with cloudier periods of weather and locally some drizzly rain across northwestern parts."

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    Arctic chill headed our way

    Next week things are going to get frosty, so make sure you’re wrapping up warm and bringing your gloves wherever you go!

    Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “I couldn’t imagine a better weather pattern for cold weather fans, with forecast models showing a northerly straight from the Arctic next week.

    “It turns much colder from the north later in the weekend. From Sunday, rain is likely in the North, with some snow across higher ground, possibly reaching low levels at times.

    “Further south looks to have fewer showers, but with a slight chance of wintry weather, and chilly nights with frost in places.”

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    November ODDS-ON to be coldest ever with deep freeze set to hit Britain

    LADBROKES HAVE SLASHED ODDS on this going down as the coldest November on record.

    With a deep freeze set to hit Britain next week, and with SNOW on the way, the bookies have now cut odds from 5/4 to just 10/11 on this month being the coldest November ever recorded.

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "There's now every chance this goes down as a record-breaking cold November, with Icelandic winds ready to send temperatures plummeting across the UK."

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    Expect temperatures to fall quickly says Met Office

    The Met Office tweeted: "Where skies are clear this evening, expect #temperatures to quickly fall away.

    "A line of showers will continue to affect Kent and East Sussex with a few across East Anglia at times.

    "Cloudier skies further north with the odd drizzly outbreak in north and west Scotland."

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    Long range forecast for November 27 – December 6

    Windy for many over the weekend with a risk of severe gales, especially in west. Many places will see a mixture of sunshine, showers and longer periods of rain which could turn wintry, mainly over hills in the north.

    Overnight frost and patchy ice likely where skies are clear. As the period continues winds are generally from the north or northwest allowing unsettled and cold conditions to persist.

    High pressure is likely to sit to the south of the UK, so rain and showers are more likely in the north, these could be wintry on high ground and perhaps at lower levels at times.

    Likely drier in the south and rather cold at times, with overnight frost and fog often slow to clear.

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    Arctic chill coming

    Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “I couldn’t imagine a better weather pattern for cold weather fans, with forecast models showing a northerly straight from the Arctic next week.

    “It turns much colder from the north later in the weekend. From Sunday, rain is likely in the North, with some snow across higher ground, possibly reaching low levels at times.

    “Further south looks to have fewer showers, but with a slight chance of wintry weather, and chilly nights with frost in places.”

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    Met Office outlook for Wednesday – Friday

    The Met Office has given a forecats for the latter half of the week.

    The weather agency says that Wednesday will be "becoming colder with rain or showers, some of which will be wintry, mainly for northern hills.

    It added: "Windy with gales possible at times around some northern and western coasts.

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    Met Office forecast for tonight

    Further showers across the far southeast will be seen tonight.

    Cloudier skies bringing a scattering of mostly light showers to the north.

    Clear spells across central and southern areas, perhaps with a few fog patches forming.

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    UK ODDS-ON for White Christmas

    Ladbrokes says it's now odds-on that any part of the UK wakes to a White Christmas.

    The bookies now make it just 10/11 for snow to fall in the UK on Christmas Day, with Edinburgh being the most likely city at 3/1.

    Elsewhere, 6/1 says London wakes up to the white stuff on December 25th.

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "It's looking increasingly that White Christmas punters will get their wish with temperatures already starting to tumble and snow on the way."

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    Settled start to the week, says Met Office

    The Met Office says high pressure has resulted in a "settled start" to the week.

    The weather agency tweeted: "However, low pressure systems will move down from the northwest bringing bouts of increasingly #cold air later in the week

    "Very #windy weather may develop by Friday, with potentially damaging #winds in places."

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    Be better prepared for flooding

    The Environmental Agency have shared their five tips regarding what you can do to be better prepared for a flood.

    Make sure you follow this advice to protect your home and family.

    Don't get caught out.

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    Advice for driving in snow

    Driving in the snow is something that should always be avoided if possible. However, on occasions where it’s unavoidable, Halfords Motoring Director, Richard Bruce, shares advice on how to stay safe on the frosty roads.

    “Before starting off, drivers should make sure that they’ve checked the weather forecast, informed others of where they’re going (in case of an emergency), and that their car boot is equipped with a winter essentials kit. 

    “Winter driving essentials include the likes of blankets, a torch and car first aid kit, snow shovel, jump leads/tow rope, emergency warning triangle, hi-vis clothing, snow chains/snow socks, sat nav/digital radio, mobile phone and hands-free kit and plenty of fuel. Having these items in the boot will ensure you’re prepared for whatever comes your way. 

    “Next, wipe down the roof, windows, lights and registration plates before setting off. Once it’s time to go, pull away in second gear and ease off the clutch gently – this gives the car more grip and makes it much easier to get going when there is snow on the road.

    “Something to be wary of in snow and icy weather is skidding, which is much more common in these conditions. Try not to break suddenly or turn too harshly as this may cause the car to skid. If it does happen, drivers should take their feet off the pedal and steer into the skid to correct the trajectory of the car. 

    “Another thing to keep in mind whilst driving in the snow is stopping distance and braking. It can take 10 times as long to stop in the snow, so leave plenty of room and begin to brake well in advance."

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    Driving in cold weather

    With the weather set to plummet this week, Halfords Motoring Director, Richard Bruce shares his advice on how to prepare vehicles for winter weather.

    Richard said: “Before starting a journey, the first check should always be your petrol levels as no one wants to be left stranded in the freezing cold! If your tank is running low, make sure you know exactly where you can fill up on the way to avoid getting stuck.

    “You should also make sure to check your wipers and lights for signs of wear and tear or malfunction before you set off. Any damage to them will affect the car’s performance, and hinder the safety of anyone in the car for the duration of your journey.

    “Colder weather can impact battery health, so it’s always a good idea to get yours checked when the winter months roll around. Halfords’ Free Battery Health Check will inform you of your battery’s key health indicators, including its charging and ‘cranking’ capabilities, so you can leave the check with the reassurance that yours is in good working order.

    “Tyres are another part of the car that can be impacted by the cold weather,  so give yours a good check to make sure they are well inflated with good tread. The minimum tread depth is 1.6mm and as well as being a safety risk  you could incur a hefty fine if they don’t meet the minimum requirements."

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    The most vulnerable car parts on your vehicle (Continued…)

    Grilles – these are at the front of your bonnet, and one of the first things to be damaged in the event of a front impact collision. They are vital for regulating air flow throughout the engine so must be fixed urgently in the event of a crash. 

    Bonnet and boot – Similar to a grille, a crumpled bonnet must also be replaced as soon as possible. The damage might be so extensive that an entire replacement part is needed from a similar vehicle or from the vehicle manufacturer.

    Tail lights and headlights – you can be stopped by the police and penalised for having faulty lights and being at the corner of the vehicle, they are a vulnerable feature of cars. You can be fined £100 for faulty headlight, rising to £1,000 if you lose a challenge in court.

    Windscreen – Always get damaged windscreens repaired as soon as possible.

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    The most vulnerable car parts on your vehicle

    With the cold looming, it's important that you look after your vehicle – even if you use it just for the school run.

    The average UK motorist clocks up 7,400 miles a year – but what are the parts of your car most likely to get damaged along the way?

    LeaseCar.uk have researched online search data to find which are the most likely car parts that need replacing, whether through a collision or accidental damage. Failure to repair damaged headlights could result in a £1,000 fine.

    Wheel well frame – Can be susceptible to front and side impact accidents.

    Front and rear bumper – Always slow down to prevent tail gating and ensuring there is an extra ‘safety bubble’ between you and the vehicle behind.

    Alloy wheels – Often motorists do not address the damage but it is always important to get them checked out to stop further deterioration of the wheels and to check for any other hidden damage.

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    Odds slashed on coldest December

    Bookmaker Coral has slashed the odds on next month being the UK's coldest December since records began to just 5-4 (from 3-1) as forecasts warn of an abrupt end to the unseasonably warm autumn.

    "The autumn sunshine won't last much longer and we are headed for a freezing December, so much so that we have slashed the odds on it entering the record books as our coldest ever," said Coral's Harry Aitkenhead.

    Coral are taking bets on a White Christmas, with Aberdeen the most likely of all major UK cities for snow on the big day at odds of 5-2.

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    A wetter-than-normal winter, experts say

    The UK could be hit by a wetter-than-normal winter, experts said, as households are urged to be prepared for the risk of flooding.

    A Met Office outlook shows there is an above-average chance of the winter being wetter than normal over the next three months, with the wetter conditions most likely in January and February next year.

    The Environment Agency is urging people to check their flood risk online, sign up for flood warnings and, if they are at risk, know what to do if flooding hits their home.

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    Explained: Why are energy bills rising?

    Gas and electricity bills are on the rise after the energy price cap increased last month.

    This pushed the amount that suppliers can charge on default tariffs up from £1,138 to £1,277.

    But households have also been hit by the collapse of a string of energy suppliers.

    Many small providers have struggled to cope with rising energy costs and have shut down, reducing competition in the market and leaving customers in the hands of bigger players with more expensive tariffs.

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    Explained: The costs of an electric blanket

    Most people use electric blankets by popping them under their sheets for a small amount of time to heat their bed before they get in it.

    According to research from Uswitch, they use 100 watts of energy for a double bed – costing 0.8p in total to run for 30 minutes.

    That means if you used it seven days a week for this length of time, it would cost you just 5.6p.

    Using an electric blanket instead of turning the heating up could also help you shave cash off your bill, Uswitch energy expert Sarah Broomfield said.

    “Using an electric blanket to warm the bed may mean you can turn the temperature of your thermostat down, as you will not need your bedroom to be so hot,” she said.

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    BREAKING: Bulb on brink of collapse

    Britain's seventh biggest energy supplier, Bulb, is facing collapse within days amid government talks with the creditor.

    Talks of a solvent rescue deal for Bulb have faded.

    The demise of Bulb may put around 1000 people who work for them at risk of losing their job.

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    Check your boiler

    An estimated 100,000 homes may need vital boiler checks, repairs and maintenance over the next two weeks, British Gas has estimated.

    The firm says the next few weeks will be crucial as Jack Frost comes to visit.

    Joanna Flowers, a British Gas service and repair engineer, said: “The next couple of weeks could be the first test for many households’ heating systems this year.

    “We know that having no heating or hot water is people’s worst winter nightmare in the home, so rather wait for the cold weather to set in before finding out something’s not working as it should be, we’re advising households to prepare now. 

    “Looking after your boiler is key, as well as making a few small changes around the home to ensure the rest of your heating and hot water system is working effectively and efficiently. And remember, a heating system that’s in good shape also won’t use more energy than it needs – which will help keep your bills down."

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    Chaos for commuters

    There are fears the sudden dip in temperature could cause chaos for commuters – because the UK is facing a shortage of HGV drivers to spread salt.

    Highways chiefs are scrambling to recruit more drivers to keep motorists safe as officials warn major gritting routes could be axed.

    Meanwhile, in a worrying double whammy, there's less grit in stock than in previous winters.

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    Good weather patterns

    Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “I couldn't imagine a better weather pattern for cold weather fans, with forecast models showing a northerly straight from the Arctic next week.

    “It turns much colder from the north later in the weekend. From Sunday, rain is likely in the north, with some snow across higher ground, possibly reaching low levels at times.

    “Further south looks to have fewer showers, but with a slight chance of wintry weather, and chilly nights with frost in places.”

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