The Met Office and other forecasters are predicting a blast of wintry weather, including snow, plus hail and possibly thunder as temperatures plunge across the UK
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Up to 10cm of snow could blanket parts of Britain this week and temperatures could possibly plunge to as low as -9C in another Arctic blast, say forecasters.
It comes just days after Storm Arwen claimed at least three lives as it wreaked havoc across the UK with 100mph winds, heavy snow and rain.
It is estimated that about one million homes and businesses suffered damage during the first named storm of the season.
Weather maps suggest things are set to turn very cold again with a risk of snow over higher ground in the north of the country on Wednesday night.
Elsewhere, heavy rain could be accompanied by thunder and hail.
A forecast from Netweather suggests an area of north-east Scotland will see a low of -3C on Wednesday morning, with a similar temperature of -2C in northern England.
It is expected to be even colder on Thursday morning, with Netweather predicting a minimum temperature of -9C in central Scotland, the Express reported.
Elsewhere, temperatures will be below freezing across most of Britain.
Snow maps from Wxcharts suggest 7cm could fall in north-west Scotland on Wednesday evening.
More snow is likely to fall on Thursday, with maps claiming there will be 4cm in central Scotland, and up to 3cm between the Midlands and north-west England.
The maps suggest north-west Scotland is set to be covered in 10cm of snow by early Friday.
The Weather Outlook’s Brian Gaze told the Express that cold Arctic air will make a return Wednesday and Thursday, with a “widespread frost” likely and showers “increasingly” turning wintry.
He added: “Through Thursday night and Friday it looks as though weather fronts will push in from the Atlantic bringing outbreaks of rain which could be preceded by a period of snow in central and northern parts of Britain.
“Over high ground there is the possibility of significant accumulations.”
The Met Office said cold temperatures will be replaced by a warming trend on Monday, followed by another dip in temperatures on Wednesday night.
Spokesman Oli Claydon said: “The whole of the UK will turn milder. The places that will hold on to the cold air the longest will be in the south-east of the UK.
“The low temperatures will return on Wednesday and Thursday night.
“However, I don’t think it will be quite as low as we have seen before.
“It will still be below zero, but more like -4C or -5C.”
Meanwhile, engineers have been drafted in from across the UK to help thousands of homes still without power following the destructive Storm Arwen.
The Energy Networks Association (ENA) said the number of UK homes powerless as of 5pm on Monday was 66,000, although around 1,000,000 homes and businesses are believed to have been damaged overall.
The worst-affected areas remain Scotland and north-east England, with engineers drafted in from Northern Ireland and southern England to help repair faults and “significant damage” to the network.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged to help Scotland cope with the aftermath of the storm
In Wales, rail services will be affected this week as trains that ran over debris-littered tracks are repaired, Transport for Wales said.
Met Office five-day weather forecast
Many areas mostly cloudy, although a few brighter breaks especially in the east and south, and to the lee of hills elsewhere.
Patchy light rain and drizzle, mainly in the north-west, where it will turn heavy later. Much milder, breezy.
Rain, heavy in places, crossing many areas, accompanied by strong, possibly squally winds, especially further south and west.
Clearer, somewhat colder weather following, showers focused in the west and north.
Most areas seeing some sunshine, especially towards the south-east, where some places dry.
Heavier showers further west and north, with possible hail and thunder, increasingly wintry across Scotland.
Thursday to Saturday
Turning colder again with wintry showers for the north-east.
Mostly dry and bright elsewhere, although rain and hill snow will affect most places overnight Thursday into Friday.