Weather Warning: Britain to be hit by Snow, Cities will drop to -1C Temperature

Tooba Maher
Tooba Maher

According to the Met Office, “A freezing weather system is set to move over Britain this week and unleash snow, sleet and widespread frost across parts of the nation. 

Met Office meteorologist Aidan Mc Given had warned that the bitterly cold weather will hit the UK this week, which will bring an end to the unusually mild winter. The forecaster said, “It’s almost halfway through winter and it has been consistently mild this winter so far. It’s not widespread snowfall type of cold. It’s typical middle of January. With that comes the typical middle of January mixed weather i.e. wind, rain, frost, ice, sun. We are likely to see all of these things through the next few days.” 

He further added, “Some places will get snow, certainly the snowfall not on the scale of the type that we have seen across central parts of Europe.” 

The Met Office forecaster said the cold front will move in on Wednesday after a mild start to the month, meaning temperatures in the cities will drop as low as -1C.   

According to Mr Mc Givern, “The cold front, itself, will be quite a lively feature with wind and rain for a few hours as it moves southeastwards across the UK. Some places will get their first rainfall of the year. But behind that cold front, it sweeps away all the cloud, brighter skies and sunny spells but also quite a few showers tumbling in from the north.” 

Rain showers at lower levels, sleet and snow over hills because it is turning colder. The brisk winds are set to continue on Thursday while rain and hail strikes coastal areas. There is also expected to be sleet and snow on Thursday inland, especially over hills. 

The Met Office forecaster further added, “It will feel cold in this northerly wind compared to the weather we have had recently. Thursday night is a widespread frosty night under those clear skies and under a ridge of high pressure that travels across the country from the west. But low pressure will move in over Britain on Friday and that will bring in cloud over the far west in the morning, meaning these areas remain frost-free in the early hours.” 

Givern however, warned there could be snow in the UK on Friday as the weather front moves in. It is likely to bring some rain into the west on Friday and it could see some snow as it bumps into the cold air on its leaving edge through central areas and especially over hills. 

The Met Office forecast said: “It is increasingly sandwiched either side by areas of cold air. To the south and across south-west Britain, in particular, it is likely to start on Saturday wet and windy. Due to the clash between rainy mild air to the south-west and colder drier air to the northeast, we could see a spell of snow through central areas.” 

“There are huge uncertainties because it all depends on slight differences in the track and depth of this area of low pressure.” 

BBC Weather has forecast a drop in temperatures to come courtesy of a freezing weather system from the Atlantic which is threatening Britain with heavy snow showers. According to BBC Weather report, there are dangerous weather conditions across Europe. The brutal winter weather across Europe has caused travel chaos, stranded towns and left at least 24 people dead. Three German skiers were killed in an avalanche at the Austrian ski resort of Lech am Arlberg. 

BBC Weather forecaster Chris Fawkes said, “The avalanche risk is likely to remain high, it could go very high in places as well over the next couple of days.” 

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