UK weather forecast – Arctic blast to hit country as Brits experience real ‘taste of winter’

Parts of the UK could be hit by snow this winter (Image: PA)

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An Arctic blast is set to hit the UK, making temperatures feel colder and bringing a real "taste of winter".

Generally, the weather will be cloudy in the South of England and there will be showers in the North on Sunday.

The day will start on a chilly note, with temperatures in single figures which will not get much warmer during the day.

Similarly to yesterday, Scotland remains the most unsettled region with windy and blustery weather conditions.

In the morning, the region could experience gales of up to 75mph, the Met Office said.

This winter is set to be the coldest since 2012
(Image: PA)

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As the day progresses, however, those winds will gradually ease.

A Met Office forecaster said: "We will still see showers pushing in from the West and they could form hail and thunder parts of western Scotland too.

"Some of those showers will also be pushing into Northern Ireland and northern England.

"There will be plenty of sunny spells in between."

Temperatures will feel much colder in coming days

The North of England will feel chilly, while the South will experience milder temperatures

Across England and Wales it should stay dry and bright, the meteorologist said.

However, she added: "Across the South Coast we hang on to that cloud with some outbreaks of rain and drizzle throughout the day on Sunday."

On Sunday night that band of rain could clear for a time before returning again on Monday as the next warm front pushes in, according to the forecaster.

Scotland will be windy and wet on Sunday

The Weather Company has said that our winters have been milder in recent years – meaning this season could come as a "shock" as it is set to be the coldest winter since 2012.

Leon Brown, head of meteorological operations, said: “People will get a shock after recent mild winters.

"It looks like a close call for this winter to be 0.3C below average, which would make it the coldest winter since the early 2010s.

A road covered in snow in the Scottish Borders in 2013
(Image: PA)

“A colder-than-average December is favoured, with Arctic influxes from the north-west due to the jet stream's position.

“-10C in Scotland and -5C in England is expected, with snow in the north including to lower levels at times, and a risk in the south, with some travel disruption.

"January and February temperatures look more average, with an Atlantic influence – but also cold spells and not the extreme mild temperatures of last winter."

Heavy frost in Wanstead Park in north-east London
(Image: PA)

Meanwhile, Ladbrokes’ odds for snow to fall anywhere in the UK on December 25 are currently 6/4.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "Punters dreaming of a white Christmas look destined to get their wish later this year as we strap ourselves in for a record-breaking cold winter ahead."

Leading bookmaker Coral makes it 5-4 for the wind speed to reach as high as 100mph in the mainland UK this weekend.

The firm go 1-3 for temperatures to drop to as low as 0C before the end of the weekend, while it is 4-5 for snow to fall in any major city over the next couple of days.

"It is going to be an uneasy couple of days as our betting suggests the wind speed may reach as high as 100mph in some areas of the mainland over the next couple of days," said Coral's John Hill.

"With temperatures also dropping towards freezing point, the prospect of seeing some snow this weekend is also quite high," added Hill.

UK 5 day weather forecast

Today

Further blustery showers in north, heaviest and most frequent across northern Scotland. Many central parts dry with some sunshine. Cloudier in the south with light rain and drizzle at times.

Tonight

Further showers in north, gradually becoming confined to northwestern areas. Elsewhere mainly dry with some clear periods in east. Cloudier in the southwest though with rain and drizzle at times.

Monday

Cloud, wind and rain returning to northwestern areas. Mainly dry and rather cloudy elsewhere with some sunshine at times across central and eastern areas.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday

Rain, heavy at times, clears most areas Tuesday into Wednesday. Blustery showers follows to the north for a time. Mainly fine later Wednesday and into Thursday, with frost and fog.

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