UK weather forecast: Arctic blast brings widespread snowfall and -6C frosts

A week after Britain basked in temperatures of 20C, an Arctic blast could cause mercury to drop to -6C and widespread snow is expected across the country on Thursday

Arctic air brings frigid conditions this week
Arctic air brings frigid conditions this week

Britons will face snow across the country through Thursday as Arctic air brings lows of -6C this week.

After a week of hot and sunny weather that saw Britain experience higher temperatures than southern Spain, a new front is now moving in from the north bringing unseasonably cold conditions.

People will need to dress warmly as the freezing temperatures will blanket all parts of the country bringing with it a carpet of snow.

Maps from WXCharts show temperatures getting colder as the week progresses, spreading further south. It could drop as low as -6C in central Scotland, while it could also be -2C on the south coast of England.

There is likely to be widespread snow flurries on Thursday morning, which maps show will stick in the south east, and again on Saturday where there could be up to six or seven inches of snow across north Wales and northern England.

Arctic air will gradually move south as the week progresses

Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern said: “Much colder weather is en route and there will be snow in places mid-week.”

He continued: “Another area of ​​rain pushing south across the North Islands is a cold front, which will be a major feature over the next few days as it sweeps south across the country. Shetland already in the arctic air.”

Tuesday morning will be cloudy and gray for the east of England and rain in the north and south.

On Thursday there should be snow all over the country


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“This area across Scotland mixing with cold air could bring some sleet and snow over the high ground but again that’s a pretty weak feature,” said Mr McGivern.

“However, to the north of that much colder air is arriving, 5C to 7C in the far north of Scotland, while further south temperatures remain above average, albeit not as high as they have been with much more cloud cover than we saw last time were used to. “

It’s getting a lot colder even though we’re heading into Wednesday.

“Here’s Tuesday night’s cold front, which has become an increasingly important feature as it may reactivate with the cold air to bring some snowfall to locations through Wednesday and Thursday,” Mr McGivern said.

Temperatures could drop as low as -6C in Scotland



“Early on Tuesday night we’re going to see a lot of cloud cover, some clouds, fog and mist and here’s the cold front, you can see some snow on it over the Pennines, rain mostly at lower levels.

“It is slowly sinking south, but it is dividing the country in two with a frosty start for Scotland, parts of the far north of England behind the front, and milder further south, albeit with cloud cover and some showers in places.”

UK forecast for the next 5 days

It’s going to be much colder and restless this week.


Occasional rain over southern England, slowly dissipating. Fog and low cloud in central areas, retreating to the east coasts, sunny spells and scattered showers inland. Rain moved south into Scotland, followed by colder weather with wintry showers in the far north.

This evening:

Rain and mountain snow are falling further south, followed by snow and hail showers in north and east Scotland with a risk of ice. Farther south mostly dry and cloudy.

The Wednesday:

Rain and hill snows continue south; bright but distinctly cold in the north, with heavy hail and snow showers. Parts of Wales and southern England will see sunny spells and showers.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

Cold for all parts with rain, sleet and snow clearing Thursday morning in the south. More wintry showers for many parts through Thursday and Friday. It will be less cold by Saturday.

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