A number of weather warnings are in place across the UK for wintry hazards as the cold weather continues this week.
The UK will stay cold through this week with the risk of sleet and snow at times continuing, especially in northern and eastern coastal areas. Overnight frosts will be severe in places and we will continue to see some freezing fog patches.
Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Matthew Lehnert, said: “The cold conditions will remain in situ during this week. In many places daytime temperatures will struggle to get above freezing, while overnight temperatures have the potential to drop below -10 C in rural parts of Scotland.”
Although these temperatures aren’t exceptional for winter in the UK, it is the most significant and widespread spell of cold conditions since February 2021.
Matthew Lehnert continued:
“During Monday many national severe weather warnings are in force for ice over south-east England with a warning of snow and ice for northern Scotland.
“Warnings for snow and ice will continue to be a feature of the forecast until the end of the week.
By the end of the weekend, there is a signal that we may see a shift in type away from the Arctic-dominated conditions with milder and wetter weather coming in from the Atlantic.
This transition could bring the risk of significant, but highly transient, snowfall before quickly turning to rain.
“While the freezing conditions remain, drivers especially are reminded that freezing fog, snow and other wintry hazards will continue to create difficult conditions in places this week.”