UK weather: Temperatures to plummet as Arctic chill sweeps nation – and more snow on way


Warm subtropical air from the Azores has seen Brits enjoy unseasonably mild weather but change is on the way thanks to an Arctic chill due to blow in from next week with snow and frost on the way

January will see a drop in temperatures
January will see a drop in temperatures

Temperatures are due to plummet with snow and frost on the way after the hottest New Year’s Day on record.

Warm subtropical air from the Azores has seen Brits enjoy unseasonably mild weather but change is on the way thanks to an Arctic chill due to blow in from next week.

The Met Office said that 16.3C had been reached in St James’s Park, central London, meaning it is “likely to be confirmed” as a record maximum temperature for any New Year’s Day.

Met Office forecaster Dan Stroud urged people to “make the most of the warm weather, because a change is on the way as we go into the early part of next week”.


Warm subtropical air from the Azores has seen Brits enjoy unseasonably mild weather

It’s forecast to be colder everywhere by Tuesday with d aytime temperatures expected to plunge to as low as 3C in Edinburgh and 7C in London and Cardiff.

He said: “We are going to be losing the sub-tropical air flow and replacing it with some things from the north.

“Temperatures will definitely go back to average, with a return of frost and some snow in the forecast across north areas and across the hills.”

It comes after the Met Office said temperatures increased overnight to reach 16.5C in Bala, Gwynedd, north Wales, during the warmest New Year’s Eve on record.

Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said January will see a drop in temperatures due to an Arctic chill forecast to hit next week.

Yellow weather warnings for wind and snow have been issued for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Up to five inches of snow and 70mph winds are possible in Angus, Grampian, Highlands & Eilean Siar and Orkney & Shetland.

Temperatures are due to plummet with snow and frost on the way
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UK weather forecast for next five days

Today:

A mix of sunny intervals and showers for most, plus one or two longer spells of rain. Rain could be heavy and squally in places, gusts to gale force mainly around coasts. Mild, although a step down from recent days.

Tonight:

Further showers or rain in places, occasionally heavy and blustery in the west; fewer in the east, where there will be longer clear spells. Some snowfall in northern Scotland later.

Monday:

Rain and hill snow edging south across northern UK, frequent wintry showers following across northern Scotland. Showers and sunny intervals further south, showers easing, although rain in far south later.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:

Rain across central and southern areas will clear through Tuesday, with colder weather following, bringing a mixture of sunshine and wintry showers. Further rain and hill snow Thursday. Often windy.

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