UK weather latest: Britain braces for three week ‘cold snap’

Britain has been warned that a three week freeze will arrive soon as polar winds and snow are forecast to hit parts of the country.

The MET office has also forecast that the mercury will drop to as low as -7C on Sunday night – 8 degrees lower than Iceland, which is said to currently be recording temperatures of 1C.

Colder weather and snow is set to last longer this year due to the La Nina weather phenomenon, which last hit the UK in 2010, when much of the country was covered with heavy snowfall.

The north of England is expected to be hit by snow from Tuesday.

A MET Office forecaster told The Sun:  “The cold winds coming straight from the Arctic will carry with them a few showers and will be cold enough to fall as sleet or snow over some northern hills.

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Britain could face a three-week bout of freezing temperatures and snow as the La Niña weather phenomenon is predicted to hit the country for the first time since 2010 (AFP/Getty)

“From November 26 to December 10, temperatures look like being below normal generally, with an increased risk of snow at times, especially in the North, and an increased chance of frost through the period.

“Minimum temperatures could exceed the coldest temperatures of the season,” the spokesperson continued.

Met Office forecaster Emma Sharples added: “This would make it the coldest night of autumn so far and the cold weather will last until midweek before temperatures start to recover.

“We expect snow over high ground in the north on Sunday night and there could be wintry showers to lower levels.

“Long-range prediction systems indicate this cooling is very likely to continue in the coming weeks, leading to a full La Niña event over the next few months.”


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