Some areas of the UK will see snowfall over the weekend and experience sub-zero temperatures, whereas other areas will be battered by heavy rainfall and high-force winds
Snow is forecast to hit parts of the UK on Valentine’s Day, with temperatures plunging to -3C in some areas.
The sub-zero temperatures will follow a wash-out weekend for most, with rain and high-force winds battering most areas on Sunday.
Northern England and Scotland are predicted to be the worst-hit areas, with forecasters expecting snow to fall on Monday morning.
In other areas, temperatures will hover around 7C or 8C, although it will feel much colder due to the 50mph winds.
According to the Met Office, an active jet stream will drive a series of low-pressure systems across the country over the weekend, causing the miserable weather.
The first of these low-pressure systems will cross to the north of Scotland on Saturday, bringing wet and windy weather in from the north and west.
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England, Wales, and southern Scotland will see outbreaks of rain, while the southeast will stay mostly dry with some sunshine.
However, strong tastes of wind and heavy rainfall could arrive Saturday night
Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Steve Ramsdale, said: “A new area of low-pressure, this time moving across England and Wales, arrives on Saturday night then slowly clears to the east on Sunday.
“This brings wet and windy weather to the country, particularly Wales, and we have issued a Yellow National Severe Weather Warning for rain for this.
“As the system pulls away from the UK there will be another short lived, colder and more settled spell Monday night with one or two wintry showers possible over high ground in Scotland and perhaps a frost elsewhere.”
The yellow weather warning for rain is in place for parts of Wales from 12am to 6pm on Sunday.
On Monday, some forecasters predict temperatures will plunge to -3C in Scotland overnight, rising to 4C during the day.
In England, Brits will endure highs of 7C in Newcastle, 8C in Liverpool, 8C in Leeds and 9C in London.
Earlier, Met Office senior operational meteorologist Annie Shuttleworth told the Express: “Over the weekend the jetstream will lie across the UK with wind strengths of 115mph.
“Two low pressures over the weekend and a third mid-week next week.
“We will see one large low-pressure move to the north of the UK tonight, dragging rain bearing fronts across the UK, particularly western areas on Saturday.
“A second smaller low pressure will move north eastwards from southern to north east England through Sunday day and night.
“This will bring more heavy rain for much of England and Wales.
“Western areas are expected to see the highest rainfall totals with some spots of Wales seeing around 100mm over the course of the weekend.
“This has led to a yellow rain warning being issued for central areas of Wales.
“Somewhat cooler and drier early next week but a further low pressure on Wednesday could bring more widespread disruptive strong winds and heavy rain across the UK.”
The Met Office predicts more unsettled weather for many at the start of next week, with rain and showers crossing the country on Tuesday, before the arrival of another deep low-pressure system on Wednesday.
UK 5 day weather forecast
Rain turning heavier for a time across southern Scotland, northwest England and Wales. Bright intervals and blustery showers further north, although fairly mild. Southern and eastern England perhaps bright for a time, southeast England dry until evening. Windy for many.
Staying windy with clear intervals and blustery showers in the north. Patchy light rain across southern counties turning more widespread and heavier for much of the south and west later.
Northern Scotland keeping bright intervals and showers. Elsewhere rain affecting many areas at times, some heavy, especially over western hills. Perhaps brightening up in places later. Windy in south.
Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:
Mostly unsettled with showers and occasional longer spells of rain, but some drier and brighter spells. Potentially very windy on Wednesday, especially in the north.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.