Met Office predicts end of big freeze as some UK areas hit by double snowfall
Met Office: Dry and cloudy across the UK
The Met Office has predicted when the UK’s big freeze will end as it’s been forecasted some parts of the UK could be hit by ‘double the average snowfall’.
The forecaster has pinpointed when and where it expects snow to fall as the mercury is set to plummet with a chilling blast of cold weather on its way. Met Office Deputy Chief Forecaster Helen Caughey said snow won’t be widespread in the forecaster’s latest update.
She said: “Already there is a lot of media speculation about the prospects for snow later this week and for a white Christmas. Whilst it is too early to give any indications for Christmas, some colder weather is likely for the end of the week, and into the weekend.”
She added there is a “reasonably strong” signal for lower temperatures across the UK by the weekend, but it isn’t guaranteed, and the lower temperatures don’t mean widespread snow.
However, at the start of next week, temperatures are set to get milder for a short period of time. According to the Met Office, temperatures will finally reach double figures again in the UK next Monday at 12noon – in the south west of England, weather maps show.
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Ms Caughey said there is a 70 percent chance areas in southern England could experience overnight frosts and a general drop in temperature.
She cautioned: “However, there is still a 30 percent chance the colder conditions won’t get that far south. Any falling snow is likely to be confined to the far northeast, and hills and mountains of Scotland.”
The Met Office’s outlook has a weakening band of rain moving south during Thursday (November 23) and Friday (November 24) with colder but brighter conditions following.
It adds that it will be largely dry for many on Saturday (November 25), but wintry showers will be possible in the northeast.
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New weather maps have pinpointed the exact areas that could see snowfall this week.
The latest charts show several inches of settled snow covering parts of Scotland near the west coast.
Minimum temperatures are expected to stay in the low single figures in the south but sink to zero or below in the north.
Maps show snow falling alongside sub-zero temperatures in Scotland on Thursday, settling at wintry depths of almost two inches.
Eastern Scotland north of Fort William may see almost double the local average for snowfall, according to the charts.
The outlook from Sunday to Tuesday, December 5, is airly settled with colder air in place across much of the UK at first, with any remaining light showers probably confined to North Sea coasts.
Inland locations will often be clear, so frosty by night and bright by day. There will be slightly milder air with increased cloud cover and some patchy rain and drizzle will attempt to sporadically push in from the west or northwest.
The Met Office said: “The timing of this and ultimate southeastward extent remain uncertain. Ultimately, most of the UK is likely to get into the milder air for a short time, although the far southeast may continue to experience the slightly colder conditions.
“Thereafter, a continuation of more settled conditions, especially in southern areas, with any meaningful rainfall most likely confined to the northwest and temperatures near or slightly below average.”
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