The north of the UK is expected to be hit by ‘strong gales’ on Thursday morning while snow is expected to fall on Sunday before a -5C freeze next week
Britons are bracing for high winds in the north with gale warnings for Scotland before temperatures drop as a wide swath of snow is expected to fall on Sunday.
Cloudy and wet weather is forecast for much of the country on Thursday, but there will be plenty of wind in the north, according to the Met Office.
Winter conditions continue with a frost on Friday morning, then snow on Sunday is expected to lead to a much colder week where weather maps show it could drop to -5C.
Forecasts from WX maps show snow is expected to cross the county from the northeast before the Polar Blast moves west, hitting parts of northern England and the Midlands until Monday.
Met Officer forecaster Clare Nasir said of today’s forecast: “Low pressure to the north with pressure on the isobars meaning gale force winds with a wind warning in effect for the far north of Scotland until Wednesday evening and into the first part of Thursday morning.
“It’s the band of cloud and rain, this cold front here, with colder air behind it but also clearer conditions.”
She added: “Very strong winds will blow to the extreme north with violent gales and high waves, as well as a wave of showers, wintry on the heights, hail even at lower levels.”
It will be fairly mild on Thursday, but people are expected to wake up Friday to freezing temperatures and sub-zero temperatures in parts of the country.
BBC weather forecaster Sarah Keith-Lucas said: ‘I think there is frost around, temperatures in the countryside down to near zero or even a bit below and we are likely to find patches of fog as well, especially for central and eastern parts, possibly also eastern Scotland.”
Saturday is expected to be mild before cold weather starts to set in with snow falling in parts of the north on Sunday.
Ms Keith-Lucas said: “Wetter and windier weather on Saturday, particularly for Scotland and Northern Ireland.
“As this pressure system moves south across England and Wales, it will tend to run out so little rain by the time the weather front reaches south. Sunny spells will follow and it will be mild, some of us up to around 14C.”
She continued: “Probably the wettest and windiest weather in Scotland, chance of snow on the higher ground, perhaps Northern Ireland and the North West of England will also get some of this wetter weather.”
And temperatures are going to be much colder next week across the country according to WXCharts maps which show the mercury could drop to -5°C by February 5 and there will be a blanket of snow reaching 15 cm deep in Scotland.
UK forecast for the next 5 days
Patchy drizzle and low cloud in southern UK gradually clearing, replaced by sunnier skies already in central areas; feel softer. Windy showers in parts of Scotland, wintry over the hills, with early gales in the northeast; winds and showers easing later.
Many areas are drying up with sunny spells resulting in a colder night. Frost will be fairly widespread in rural southern, central and eastern areas, with scattered fog in the south as well.
:Many areas start out bright and cold, fog lifts in southern areas. Cloudier skies and cooling winds are spreading to most areas, with some rain in the west and northwest. Softer later.
Outlook from Saturday to Monday:
Variable with periods of rain sometimes spreading in from the west, these interspersed with cooler and drier periods. Often quite windy with a risk of gales, especially in the north.