UK weather forecast: Icy blast to freeze Brits with up to 5cm of snow to fall this week

The UK is set for a north-south divide with frosty temperatures set for Scotland which could see see up to five centimetres of snow fall while it will be milder in the south west

There could be up to five centimetres snow falling in Scotland
There could be up to five centimetres snow falling in Scotland

Brits will need to wrap up warm with more frosty weather predicted with temperatures dropping below zero and up to five centimetres of snow expected to fall.

Maps from WXCharts show that the Atlantic pressure system that brought cold weather and snow from Greenland at the start of the month will continue to hit the UK, although it will not be as extreme.

There will also be a north-south divide with temperatures hovering around zero and dropping as low as -1C on Tuesday morning, while milder temperatures and rain is predicted for the south west of England.

Met Office forecaster Alex Deaking said: ” In Scotland and Northern Ireland there’s a hint of blue on the charts and so certainly in rural areas and hills there will be pockets of frost.

“Most towns and cities just about staying above but we are in the colder air here further south with the cloud and the rain we are a long way from freezing with town in the south west perhaps staying in double digits.”

A north-south divide is predicted with snow in the north


WX Charts)

Monday was a washout for much of the country with plenty of rain but Tuesday should be brighter and then the mercury will drop again in the evening.

“Temperatures will tumble on Tuesday evening so again that blue hue on the charts suggesting frost before midnight in the Midlands, South Wales and further south will see a frost developing and some fog patches which could be slow to clear on Wednesday,” said Mr Deakin.

“More clouds across the North West and the Highlands but for most Wednesday is a fine winters day with some sparkling sunshine and light winds. Start with a frost but by the afternoon temperatures ticking up to about the average of 7C or 8C.”

Temperatures are set to be around 0C at night in Scotland but milder in the south


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There was a warning though that it could be a lot colder if the fog doesn’t lift.

“But if fog sticks then it will be difficult for the temperatures to get much above freezing,” added Mr Deakin.

The weather pattern is expected to continue next week with typical frost for the time of the year.

Tuesday is set to see bright spells and rain during the day


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The Met Office stated: “A continuation of largely settled conditions is most likely as we head into the middle of January with high pressure remaining in charge across the south of the country.

“Most areas are set to be dry with any spells of rain and stronger winds likely to be restricted to northern parts of the country. The settled weather will bring widespread overnight frost as well as fog patches, these sometimes freezing.”

UK forecast for the next 5 days


Blustery showers in west and north Scotland, slowly easing. Rain, drizzle and low cloud across southern areas, where it will be mild. However sunnier skies in central parts of the UK should follow to all but some southern counties later.


Windy across northern Scotland, with patchy rain and fairly mild. Elsewhere dry, patchy cloud in some central and western parts but clear elsewhere with frost and patchy rural fog.


Southern and central areas mostly sunny with light winds, after any fog clears, temperatures mostly near average before frost and fog returns after dark. Northern Scotland, windy with patchy rain.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

Settled but colder in the south with fog and low cloud becoming more widespread and stubborn to clear. Milder further north with rain and stronger winds at first.

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