With wind speeds rising and temperatures falling this week, Brits are warned to brace for the first proper signs of winter soon – and it’ll feel a lot colder than recent weeks
Weather maps show temperatures will fall rapidly this week across Britain – to near freezing in parts – as the first signs of an early winter arrive.
With forecasters expecting snow to potentially arrive soon, meteorologists have been examining temperatures across the UK and how quickly they will change. Icy conditions will take hold as early as this week, it is believed.
New weather maps show temperatures will plummet to near freezing in some areas, including northern England and some parts of Scotland. By Thursday, the Met Office says it’ll be just 1C in Dalwhinnie, Scottish Highlands, and 3C in and around Aberdeen.
Daytime temperatures in these areas will struggle to exceed 5C from Thursday. A large band of heavy rain will sweep across the UK this week – and it could be wintry in parts – as the mercury drops. As much as three centimetres of snow per hour could fall over higher ground, charts seen by Mirror show this week. Torrential downpours will otherwise fall, largely on already sodden ground, across northern England.
“As we head through second half of this week cold air will push southwards across the country and there is a risk that showers over mountains of Scotland could turn wintry,” the Met Office’s deputy chief meteorologist Brent Walker told GB News.
“By the weekend we expect all regions of the UK to be in the cold airmass and overnight frosts are possible. With high pressure continuing to dominate our weather early next week, it will start largely fine, settled, and cool by day, with cold nights and a risk of rural air frosts in places. Any early morning mist or fog should clear quickly and there could be a few showers possible around some coasts at times.”
It will rain intermittently throughout the week across most of the UK. However, heavier rain will lash most of the country, especially the Midlands, on Saturday. The band of low pressure will slowly move eastwards throughout Saturday, leaving Sunday to be rather settled for many regions.
UK weather forecast
Blustery thundery showers will move eastwards across southern counties of England this morning. Central, southern and western parts of Scotland, along with northern England will have a cloudy day with showery rain. Otherwise there will be sunshine and scattered showers.
Most northern areas will be cloudy with rain at times. Some frost is possible under clearer spells across the far northeast. Elsewhere there will be clear spells and isolated showers.
Rather cloudy across some northern and central areas with showery rain, this easing later. Elsewhere there will be a few showers at first, otherwise it looks fine with sunny spells.