Temperatures are set to plunge well below freezing from the middle of next week. Forecasters expect the icy temperatures to be accompanied by flurries of snow, with even the south of England recording a high snow risk next weekend. The snow showers are expected to last for five days, starting from Thursday, December 3 to Monday 7.
WxCharts show the mercury is expected to dip below freezing from Thursday, December 3 in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the north of England.
England, particularly the South East is poised for slightly warmer temperatures, of around 5C.
The colder temperatures in the north are set to be accompanied by snow, according to the latest weather charts.
Netweather’s snow risk map shows there is a 100 percent chance of snow across the west of Scotland on Thursday 3 December at 6am.
Other regions of the UK, including northern parts of England and Wales, also have a medium level risk of snow at this time.
The snow risk is indicated with bright colours, with dark red and white indicating between a 80-100 percent risk of snow, while the greens and yellows represent between a 30-70 percent snow risk.
As the day progresses, the snow risk moves further south to cover the whole of Wales and parts of the west country.
Overnight and into Friday morning the snow risk starts to cover the whole of England, particularly the north and midlands.
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The mercury is expected to plunge even further over next weekend, with WxCharts showing the majority of the UK turning dark blue, which indicates temperatures of between -1 and -10C.
As Monday ushers in the start of a new week, high snow risk remains confined to Scotland and the north of England, though the Netweather maps suggest parts of Wales could expect a few flurries.
BBC Weather forecasters expect northern parts to see some snow by Friday December 4.
They state: “Cold enough for some snow over the hills and mountains in the north and west by Friday. A rather cold and showery end to the week.”
Nick Finnis, a senior forecast for Netweather, also expects next week’s weather conditions to be rather unsettled, with possible bouts of snow.
He said: “These unsettled and windier conditions with spells of rain or showers spreading across all parts Thursday and continuing into Friday, as low pressure moves in close from the northwest. Hill snow may increasingly fall too, as colder polar air cuts in from the north and northwest.”
The Met Office expects the period to be characterised by “below normal temperatures”.
Leading bookmakers even claim the UK could be on course for the coldest December since records began.
“Winter sunshine looks like it will be in short supply over the next few months and the ominous fog we’ve got at the moment means our betting suggests we could be on for our coldest December ever,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.