Forecasters predict temperatures will plunge to the low single digits or even as low as -1C some nights this week as an icy chill leads the way for snow to blast the UK by the end of the month
Ice-cold temperatures will hover around freezing point this week as severe cold paves way for a snow blast at the end of the month.
Met Officer forecasters see the mercury plunging to lows of -1C over the next seven days with the chill remaining in the low single-digits every night and reaching just over the 5C mark in daylight hours.
The freezing conditions will lead the way for snowfall, which looks set to blast some regions of the isles on Friday, January 28.
WXCharter meteorologists say snow will be first seen in Scotland before moving south to northern England, according to the Sun Online.
East Anglia is predicted to be hit with wintry showers early on January 29, before parts of the country between Aberdeen and Hampshire will then see snow on Sunday January 30.
The looming arctic chill follows the trend of recent days after the Met Office warned of -5C conditions amid blanketings of thick icy fog on Friday.
Daylight hours this week will see milder temperatures, reaching as high as 10C in the southwest while generally staying around the 6 or 7C mark.
But as night approaches the cold will take hold with bone-shaking chills of -1C seen in Wales on the coldest night of the week, which looks set to be the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Birmingham and London look set for lows of 1C on that freezing morning as Swindon plunges to freezing point.
Temperatures in the east of England will struggle to stay over the zero mark, with 1C conditions likely.
This cold front will be seen all the way up the east coast, hitting York and Newcastle upon Tyne.
Today, Brits in Scotland and Northern Ireland will be able to bask in some winter sun as conditions stay generally dry across the UK, but with some chance of rain in the far south of England and central UK this afternoon.
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The cold snap will arrive tonight with noticeably chillier conditions that will lead to widespread frost by tomorrow morning.
Monday will start cold, but be generally dry with the chance of rain in the very far north.
Last Friday, the Met Office urged everyone to “get the hot water bottles at the ready as it’s set to be a cold and frosty night” amid reports of brutally cold -5C night ahead.
Despite temperatures plummeting, Brits shouldn’t expect any snow yet.
MET OFFICE OUTLOOK
Sunny spells today, best of the sunshine across Scotland and Northern Ireland. Dry for many but some early showery rain in the far south and a little rain at times for northern England this morning and central UK this afternoon.
Most areas dry with long clear periods and fog patches. Cloudier and windier in the far north with some rain at times. Colder than last night with widespread frost.
A chilly start then most areas fine, dry and bright with plenty of sunshine once early fog patches clear. Cloudier in the very far north with rain at times.
Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:
A cold and foggy start for some on Tuesday, with sunny spells developing. Rain arrives into the northwest later, sinking south but weakening through Wednesday. Thursday, dry with sunny spells.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.