UK weather forecast: -5C Arctic frost set to hit before snow and storm this weekend

The Met bureau is predicting a bitterly cold weekend with temperatures as low as -5C while freezing conditions prevail across the country next week ahead of snow and storms

The UK faces a frosty weekend
The UK faces a frosty weekend

Britons are set for a -5C frost this weekend, with sub-zero temperatures likely for most of the country before snowstorms hit, the Met Office has said.

Bitterly cold conditions are expected for Saturday morning as a weather front moves in from the east and wintry conditions are expected to continue well into March.

People are being warned to wrap up warm in the coming days as the weather turns more volatile and less predictable in the middle of next week.

Maps from WXCharts show frigid conditions set to persist for the next few weeks and the Met Office warns of snow and storms.

Met Office forecaster Alex Deakin said a high pressure is attempting to enter from the Atlantic, which would mean clear skies and sunshine, but another weather front is clinging to the east of the country bringing cloud and rain.

Freezing temperatures prevail across the country, with lows of -5 °C


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Temperatures will be cold especially overnight.

“It’s going to be chilly, patchy frost for North West England, Wales and maybe even South West England,” Mr Deakin said.

“Below the cloud and rain with this weather front, temperatures will remain a few degrees above freezing, but elsewhere they will certainly be close to freezing, even in cities, and in rural areas we will be well below -5° in one or two instances C are locations throughout Scotland and Northern Ireland.”

In the east of the country, where a weather front persists, an east-west gradient with clouds and rain is to be expected.

Mr Deakin continued: “A cold start to the weekend here (in the West), a chilly old start but we should see plenty of sunshine, maybe a bit of morning mist in places. Sunny spells for Wales and West England too.

It’s likely to be both sunny and cold with a high pressure system


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“It’s farther east where we’re going to have that cloud and that rain. Now there is some uncertainty as to how far it will creep, whether the rain will come and go throughout the day or if it will be bogged down under persistent rain, but there is certainly the threat of it for East Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, East Anglia and the Southeast. It looks pretty humid here.”

He added: “Under cloud to the east 5 or 6C will be squeezed maybe down to 7C in Norwich and London, that will feel gloomy for the time of year.”

A similar picture emerges on Sunday, although there is likely to be more sun in the east as the anticyclone finally gains the upper hand.

Snow and storm are also possible for next week



Freezing conditions remain for next week with a risk of wind and snow as the weather becomes less stable.

The Met Office explains: “Sunny spells with some clouds for most initially during this period, with generally stronger winds than previous days and the continued threat of storms in the far west and north west.

“Temperatures appear to be rather below normal and may feel cooler in the wind. During this time, frontal systems are pushing east, which will likely bring stronger winds along with potential snowfall. The main effects will probably be heavy rain and storm during this time.

“Towards the end of this period there is likely to be a transition from these rather cold conditions to near normal and milder conditions. This will likely include clearer weather with showers in all areas.”

UK forecast for the next 5 days


Clouds and occasional rain will move towards central parts of England in the South East. Later drier and lighter for parts of East Anglia. Mainly dry with sunny spells elsewhere.

This evening:

Dry with clear spells and widespread frosts in the north, with some frigid patches of fog. Clouds and bursts of rain stretch west across central and southern Britain.


Dry and sunny in the north. Fairly cloudy in central and southern areas with outbreaks of rain in West Midlands and South Wales. A few showers possible in the southeast this afternoon.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

Fairly cold with overnight frosts but mostly dry with sunny spells for most Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday will be windier and possibly milder with possible rain in the west.

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