The UK is set to be smashed by a brutal deep freeze as more snow returns
The UK is bracing for a brutal -8C Arctic freeze to hit the nation as up to 8cm of snow buries parts of the country in days. Britain has this week been drowned in persistent rain and rising winds following a period of freezing weather that saw the Met Office issue dozens of weather warnings for snow and ice. But the latest UK weather maps show a band of bitterly cold Arctic air sweeping in across northern parts of the country that could see temperatures plunge to well below freezing.
The map almost turns completely icy blue on Monday morning, with one showing shivering lows of between -4C and -8C forecast for a large region of Scotland, and another showing lows of -7C in the area between the Midlands and North West in England.
In Scotland, the mercury could plunge to as low as -6C in central regions, with the rest of the UK struggling to get above freezing.
The brutal chill continues into next Tuesday morning, with temperatures lows of -6C across large parts of Scotland, -2C in the north west of England and Wales, and -1C throughout much of the rest of Britain.
But the Arctic blast intensifies once again just 24 hours later on March 29, with one UK weather map showing bitter lows of between -5C and -8C throughout much of Scotland, and -4C in northern England.
Temperatures could plunge to as low as -8C in Scotland on Monday
But this freeze will be coupled with the unwelcome return of heavy snow, with one weather map showing up to 8cm forecast to fall in Central Scotland on Sunday morning, and 6cm further north.
The icy white band rapidly spreads southwards throughout the day, as far down as the North West in England and later in the evening, the Midlands.
The threat of snow lingers throughout next week before the UK again comes under threat from a dusting of snow, with 6cm forecast to fall in Scotland heading into the evening.
April kicks off with yet more snow with 4cm set to be dumped on Central Scotland as the top half of the country on the UK weather map turns icy white.
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The Arctic freeze continues to sweep through the UK well into next week
Brian Gaze from The Weather Outlook told Express.co.uk colder Arctic air will start sweeping southwards into the UK over the weekend, with an increased risk of snow in the north.
He said: “Unsettled weather will continue in the coming days. Areas of low pressure pushing across the UK bring further showers or longer spells of rain.
“Also, there is a likelihood of it turning very windy at times in southern and central regions, with wind gusts of between 50mph and 60mph being shown by some computer models.
“By Sunday colder Arctic air starts pushing southwards and the risk of snow increases in the north.”
Snow is forecast to hit northern parts of the UK this weekend
BBC Weather has said in its latest forecast a “colder turn” will hit the UK on Sunday with the possibility of wintry showers over Scotland and higher ground in northern England.
Winds will drop later that evening as a “high pressure ridge” moves across the UK, with frost “more likely in many areas”.
Netweather Senior Forecaster Jo Farrow warned this week will see “colder air pulling down from the Arctic with snow in the forecast for the new week”.
Brisk winds on Saturday will give way to the “cold, northerly flow on Sunday”, with the northern half of the UK staying in single figure temperatures.
snowfall quickly spreads southwards into England throughout Sunday
She said in her latest forecast: “Atlantic low pressures continue to run in this week with more on Friday. That means further bouts of blustery winds and bands of rain with sharp showers in-between.
“The shower risk continues for Friday evening with scattered hefty downpours, hail even a bit of sleet and snow over the Scottish mountains.
“Saturday morning will feel cooler in the fresh westerly wind, with strong winds at times for coasts and hills of southern Britain.
“Later in the day, there will be bands of showers from the north reaching northern mainland Scotland with an icy tinge.”
Ms Farrow added: “The colder northerly flow will be reaching down through northern Britain on Saturday night. There will be clear skies and the chance of a frost for Northern Ireland, the far north of England and southern Scotland but more cloud and wintry showers reaching Grampian and the Northern Isles.
UK snow in numbers
“By Sunday the UK is in the colder northerly flow. Snow showers could reach even low levels by late afternoon over northern mainland Scotland and the Northern Isles.
“There will be a wintry mix for the Southern Uplands, and the northern Pennines with wintry showers reaching northern counties of Northern Ireland and the North York Moors on Sunday night.
“There could be heavy pulses of rain, sleet and snow managing to work their way southwards at the end of the weekend.
“That might leave a scant covering ready for Monday morning, mostly over high ground but the ground has begun to warm up this week and the sunshine soon gets to work.”