Brits braced for icy blast as temperatures plunge next week

Brits will be hit by a cold blast next week with temperatures set to plunge as low as 2C.

November has been mild so far with above average temperatures – but that’s all set to change in the coming days.

Daytime temperatures will hit a maximum of 11C this weekend before a massive drop next week.

There will be widespread frost and some flurries of snow in Scotland as winter finally hits the UK following a lengthy ‘Indian summer’.

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Martin Bowles, an Operational Meteorologist with the Met Office, told Mirror Online: "This week will be quite mild with temperatures a few degrees above average.

"We expect temperatures on Friday to be 17C in parts of Scotland and Wales, which is about six degrees above average for this time of year.

"After the weekend, which we expect to be sunny and pleasant, we do expect quite a dip in temperatures with a daytime maximum of around 7C or 8C.

"Temperatures will be below average and the top of the mountains in northern Scotland might well get snow.

"There will be some light frosts quite widely around the country.

"We will start to get an east wind from Poland and Russia, so while the official temperature is 7C, it will feel like 2C or 3C sometimes. it will be quite cold.”

It comes as forecasters warn the UK could be hit by bitter blizzards at the end of the month.

The blizzards could bring fierce snowfall, plummeting temperatures and severe transport disruption.

Piers Corbyn, forecaster for WeatherAction, said: “An active low-pressure system will move in from the northwest next week signalling a change to much colder conditions.

“We are expecting this to bring some early winter weather with heavy snow and very cold winds in the north and a risk of wintry showers even across southern Britain.”

The plume of freezing air, which is to sweep in from Scandinavia, could linger throughout December and into 2019, forecasters say.

Mr Corbyn added: “This pattern is likely to hold out through the rest of the month and into December with a risk of blizzards in Scotland and the north and widespread snow showers.

“There will be a risk of travel disruption through this period with volatile, stormy weather combined with the cold brining a risk of winter thunderstorms and outbreaks of thunder snow.

“What we are looking at is a pattern of circulation similar to that which was observed during the mini ice-age.” The historic Mini Ice Age which occurred during the mid-17th century and saw Britons hold frost fairs on the frozen River Thames.

The Met Office says they’ll be "an increased chance of snow" in the coming weeks.

Its website reads: "With more generally colder temperatures, there will be an increased chance of snow, particularly for northern hills, during spells of more unsettled weather."

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