Bone chilly temperatures will hit the UK this week as spring arrives
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Brits are being plunged into sub-zero temperatures and snow is expected to fall this week.
Although spring has officially begun, a low pressure system is set to roll in next Wednesday, blanketing certain parts of the UK in dust.
Saturday night will be largely dry but cool across the UK, with light winds and frost in the west and minimum temperatures of -3C forecast in Edinburgh.
Sunday will follow a similar pattern to Saturday, with more sunshine likely in the east and high pressure eventually taking over.
Early patches of haze and fog will soon clear and clear on Sunday morning, becoming dry and bright with sun rays by afternoon but patchy cloud formation with a chance of some showers developing.
Monday will be dry and cloudy with strong sunshine across Scotland, forecasters say.
Tuesday will be similar but sunnier across much of England, Wales and Scotland.
Clouds will gather over Northern Ireland from the west later in the day.
Forecasts by forecaster WXCharts say that “heavy” snow will arrive next Friday.
There could be as much as 20cm of snow in Wales and Scotland on Thursday evening before sweeping across the country overnight, the charts say.
There will likely be over 20cm of snow in the Midlands and flurries on the south coast as well, they say.
The Met Office has also warned Brits of strong winds, frost, freezing temperatures and coastal storms, all of which are blowing in from the west.
The snow comes when a low pressure system blows in from the Atlantic, bringing stormy conditions with it.
The areas where snow is most likely are elevated regions of northern England and Scotland.
The Met forecast states: “As we move through the period, the likelihood of rainfall, potentially preceded by snow, will increase from the west.
“Winds are likely to pick up by mid-week, with an increasing likelihood of coastal storms.”
The Met added that the times were still somewhat uncertain, but the change in weather is expected to hit on Tuesday or Wednesday, causing havoc when Atlantic air collides with colder easterly winds.
Bursts of rain have been reported likely for some western areas, becoming persistent and heaviest over the south-facing hills from Wednesday.
The east is expected to be the driest region this week but it will remain cloudy and drizzly with some rays of sunshine.
Temperatures are forecast to be mild to normal for the remainder of March.
However, expect intermittent wind and rain, with the possibility of snowfall throughout the month.
Five day weather forecast for Great Britain
Much cloudiness over southern and some central areas with some showers, especially in the morning, otherwise dry with sunny spells, best over northern areas.
Scattered showers in southern areas, which will then fade to partly cloudy with some clear spells. Clear and chilly further north with scattered patches of icy fog developing.
Mostly dry with variable periods of cloud and sun, lasting longest in the north and in the lee of hills. Lively wind for exposed coastal areas in the south.
Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:
Windy throughout, especially in the west where it will be cloudier at times with some rain. The eastern areas could well remain largely dry. Become milder for everyone.
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