UK weather forecast: Temperatures to PLUNGE as bitter Arctic air FREEZES Britain in hours

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The cold front will send shivers through the Scottish Highlands on Thursday night as lows of -2C hit, according to the Met Office’s weather forecast. Glasgow and Ayr will also see temperatures plunge to 0C on Friday night, the latest maps from WXCHARTS show. Northern regions of England including Liverpool and Newcastle will also be hit by lows of 2C. And the south will stay in single figures too as temperatures drop to 6C.

The Met Office tweeted: “Temperatures are set to tumble as we head towards the end of the week.

“Even some southern areas may dip close to freezing by Friday night, with a risk of a fairly widespread grass frost across much of the country.”

Paul Michaelwaite, a forecaster at Netweather, warned of snow battering the highlands of Scotland tonight.

He said: “Parts of Scotland will struggle to get out of single figures, and some of those showers will turn wintry up over the higher ground of the Highlands too.

“This evening and overnight, a more organised band of rain and showers will arrive into the northwest of Scotland, bringing more sleet and snow to the tops in the Highlands.

“That’ll work its way steadily southeast, clearing Scotland by dawn and continuing through England and Wales during Friday.

“Behind that, there’ll again be showers coming down from the northwest, and they’re likely to be more widespread than they were today.

“It’ll be another cold feeling day for the time of year, with blustery northwest winds and maximum temperatures of 8-12c typically, although the far southeast will be more sheltered and milder at 12-15c.”

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The latest forecast on the Met Office website added hills in northern regions will become wintry on Friday.

The forecast said: “Band of showery rain continuing southeast to clear the far southeast by Friday evening.

“Sunny intervals and heavy, blustery showers elsewhere, wintry on hills of the north.”

The Met Office’s long range forecast between Tuesday, October 13 to Thursday, October 22 added the bitterly cold weather will linger throughout this month.

The forecast said: “Tuesday looking to be generally a mix of sunny spells and scattered showers across the UK, with heaviest and most frequent showers likely in the east.

“However, from Wednesday the unsettled conditions may make way to leave many areas fine and settled for the remainder of the week.

“Some showers may affect the southeast at times and the far northwest may be cloudier, perhaps with some periods of rain, otherwise many places will be largely dry.

“Temperatures are generally expected to be rather cold or near normal, with increasing likelihood of overnight frosts.

“The settled weather also brings an increased risk of overnight fog and frost, with fog potentially slow to clear and lingering well into the daytime.”



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