Winter is coming. That is the message from the Met Office, after experts revealed that Britain is on the cusp of a brutal freeze that’ll see temperatures drop to almost -10C. Meanwhile a band of snow stretching from Newcastle to Aalborg in Denmark is likely consume the country by the time the weekend rolls around.
Frosty conditions are yet to arrive for most Brits, albeit those in North Yorkshire and parts of Scotland have already seen flurries. Such is the carnage caused by the wintery blast, police have shut the A169 between Pickering and Whitby.
Now the Met Office has revealed that people across the country can expect low temperatures in the minus figures. In the north on Thursday the low temperature will be -8C, whilst in the south it’ll reach -7C.
Friday is set to be the coldest day of the week with the northerly low plummeting as low as -9C, and it won’t be much better in the south, staying at an icy -7C.
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However, it’s Thursday that will really bring the inclement weather. There are no fewer than four yellow weather warnings in place in the UK. Residents living in eastern parts, from the Shetland Islands all the way down to Essex, will be within the warning zone at some point on Thursday.
Meanwhile those living in Cornwall, Dorset, Devon and Somerset have got a snow and ice warning from 3am until 4pm tomorrow.
More than half of Northern Ireland will have its own snow and ice warning too, including those living in Belfast and Derry/Londonderry. That will run from 3am until 4pm.
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The Met Office experts have issued yellow weather warnings for three consecutive days – Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – with whole swathes of the country under orders to take precautions.
From 5pm until 11am tomorrow there is a yellow weather warning for snow and ice in place from Scarborough all the way to Thurso in the north of Scotland.
The meteorologists warned that some “roads and railways [are] likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services.”
They added that there will “probably” be “some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths”
Friday comes with a yellow weather warning for snow and ice too. The solitary warning covers the entire east coast of mainland Britain, as well as Shetland and Orkney.
It also stretches west along Scotland’s northern coast and reaching Stornoway in the Western Isles. It will run until 11am.
Met Office five-day forecast
A cold and start with some frost in places. Any early morning fog will clear through the morning, leaving a fine afternoon with sunny spells and a chance of some showers in the far east. Feeling cold with light winds. Maximum temperature 5C.
Clear skies overnight which means it will be turning very cold with a widespread sharp frost, and some icy stretches possible. Mist and freezing fog patches possible too. Minimum temperature -2C.
Another cold and frosty start but largely dry with some autumnal sunshine once mist and fog clears. Perhaps the odd shower in the far east. Feeling cold in the breeze. Maximum temperature 4C.
Outlook for Friday to Sunday:
Largely dry with some early morning mist and fog around at times. Feeling cold with overnight frosts and showers in the far east, perhaps falling as sleet over high ground.
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