UK weather charts show areas facing bitter -7C plunge as big freeze bites

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Met Office forecasters have released two yellow ice warnings, one for Scotland and another for the east coast from Newcastle to Norwich. These will cover the next 16 hours, with another on Thursday covering 10. Minus temperatures will follow, descending over most of the country. The first two ice warnings commence this evening from 6pm.

The Met Office has urged caution as potentially icy surfaces could trigger “slips and falls”.

Forecasters have Scotland could see snow flurries deposit between 1cm and 2cm, and the North York Moors could see between 2cm and 5cm.

The later ice warning follows at midnight on December 2, covering Wales and parts of southwest England.

The advisory brings many of the same risks, including snow.

The Met Office said people could see limited snowfall around the Welsh Marshes and parts of the West Country, but only up to 2cm with “slushy accumulations”.

WxCharts, a service that maps weather trends using data from MetDesk, has identified how low temperatures could get.

While December 1 started comparatively mild – around 4C to 8C – the country will get increasingly fresh over the next few hours.

This evening many areas will see temperatures dip towards 0C, with minus patches developing by midnight on December 2.

WXCharts expects central Scotland’s higher reaches could see lows of -4C tonight.

Northern England has a similar situation with a slim patch of -1C to -2C lows extending from Manchester and the Scottish border.

The following nine hours will see temperatures slip even further.

By 9am, WxCharts shows people living within that northern patch will have to wrap up for -5C and -7C lows.

Rather than halting at the Scottish border, it will extend from below Manchester to a few miles north of Inverness.

Smaller patches of minus temperatures, between -1C and -2C, will also briefly appear further south.

The largest patch covers parts of the southwest around Swindon, Chippenham, Bath and Salisbury.

The remaining two patches cover Cardiff and parts of Oxford, with another further north near York.

Mercifully, the rest of the day will see temperatures gradually rise.

By 3pm, while most of Scotland remains shrouded in -1C to -4C temperatures, the south will gradually rise to the low single figures.

The chill will cling on, however, with highs likely to settle around 2C and 4C.

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