UK weather forecast: Arctic blast sweeps country bringing lows of -5C and 4 inches of snow

Britain is set for several days of freezing temperatures and snow after Arctic air sweeps in from the north across the country, bringing wintry showers and lows of -6C

Arctic air will cover Great Britain in the coming days
Arctic air will cover Great Britain in the coming days

Britons will face freezing temperatures with lows of -6C and around 12cm of snow, while arctic air in the north gradually sweeps across the country.

Tuesday saw a north-south gradient with freezing weather in Scotland and milder temperatures in southern England.

Snow fell in the north-east of the UK from arctic air for much of Tuesday, while the rest of the country was impacted by a high-pressure system that came in from the Atlantic.

Images from Coldstone, Aberdeenshire showed a very wintry scene of fields with several inches of snow.

The bad news is that the Met Office says the cold air “will eventually win out” by the end of the week.

Temperatures are expected to hit a low of -6C and widespread freezing is expected

Wednesday morning is set to see another cold start across the north of Scotland, with freezing temperatures and ice that could cause traffic delays – while the south coast could get as hot as 10C.

The Met Office is forecasting showers for most of the country during the day, with temperatures in the south entering the mid-teens, but by Wednesday evening the weather will turn more wintry.

Maps from WXCharts show temperatures plummeting as low as -4C on Thursday and could plummet to -5C over the weekend with widespread frost.

Snow is also expected to continue in Scotland, with around 12 centimeters expected to fall, and will extend further south, with snow cover possible in northern England.

Dogs enjoyed a chilly start to the day in Richmond Park, south west London


Alex Lentati/LNP)

Met Office forecaster Susan Powell said: “Until Wednesday evening, but particularly overnight into Thursday, the colder air will mix with our weather fronts and it looks like we may see significant snow again for northern Scotland.

“An ice risk here for the first Thursday certainly and possibly the wintry weather affecting Scotland’s central belt during the morning rush hour.

“We’ll see the showers drop southward as the day progresses but still have a chance of wintry elements coming over the Pennines on Thursday afternoon.

It snowed heavily in north-east Scotland, with a field in Kennethmont, Aberdeenshire


Michael Traill)

“Sunshine is coming for many on Thursday afternoon but it will feel chilly, especially in contrast to the start of the week. Then on Friday there will be cold air across the UK, I think there will be quite a bit of sunshine, wintry showers in the north and east. “

There is some uncertainty about a depression in southern Britain which could bring very wet weather and winds to the south coast on Friday, while pushing further north could result in more snow.

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Rain or showers for most


Outbursts of rain in northern Scotland. Elsewhere a mix of sunny spells and stormy showers, some heavy with risk of hail and thunder. Storms around some coasts.

This evening:

Rain or showers move south across Scotland, turning to snow on hills. Clear spells central parts, with rain for a time in southern England. Windy with coastal gales.


Sunny spells and wintry showers in many parts of the UK; intermittent heavy showers, most common in the north. Cloudy with rain showers at first in the far south.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Wintry showers in central and northern areas on Friday, perhaps intermittent rain in southernmost counties. Most places dry on Saturday but become wetter and milder on Sunday

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