UK weather: Arctic icy blasts to hit UK this week

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Blast from the Arctic to blow in snow to Britain. Photo Source:- The Sun

Temperatures are set to plunge well below 0°C and expected to plummet to -10C (14F) in parts of Britain this week as an Arctic icy blast sweeps across the country, bringing snow showers, strong winds and frost.

Mist is seen from Box Hill today after temperatures fell to -7C overnight and the Met Office issued another ice warning. Photo Courtesy:- (PA)

An Arctic maritime air mass originating over northern Canada will produce a sustained period of freezing weather, bringing snow showers, starting with a cold northerly strong winds (55mph), which will hit parts of the country on Wednesday evening, including northern Scotland, the North York Moors, Northern Ireland and maybe even Norfolk, parts of Wales, Devon and Cornwall.

Snow and frost could hit parts of the nation. Photo Courtesy :- (Getty Images Europe)

The weather system will move southwards and by Thursday showers will become increasingly wintry. A change in the wind by the start of Friday, the whole of the country could see freezing storms bring 2-4 inches (5-10cm) of snow. Temperatures could drop as low as -12°C in parts of Scotland. The Met Office has warned commuters to expect heavy traffic problems as thick ice and snow are likely to disrupt services across the country on Friday.

Most of the UK is set to see snow by Friday 13th. Photo Courtesy:- (Getty Images)

As the cold air moves south over the relatively warm sea, it will result in showers across northern, western and eastern coasts. Many inland areas are expected to avoid most of the snow, but it will feel cold, with strong north-westerly winds.

Snow could cause problems for the roads Photo Courtesy :- (DARREN STAPLES /REUTERS)

The Met Office issued a “yellow”, “be aware” severe weather warning initially covers Northern Ireland and much of Scotland, before being extended from Wednesday evening to noon on Thursday to cover the whole of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, South-West England and east coast as far south as The Wash.

Ice on the statues of the “Fountain of the Naiads” at Piazza Republicca, Rome. Photo Courtesy:- (AFP)

It said the cold air would bring snow showers and strong winds to areas including Blackburn with Lancashire, Darwen, Cheshire West and Chester, Cumbria, Blackpool, Halton, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Warrington.

Up to 8 inches (20cm) is expected above 300m (1,000ft) – and up to 2 inches (5cm) at lower levels. Gust of wind up to 55mph are expected in exposed coastal areas and on hills with snow showers leading to snowstorms.

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Wind gusts of up to 55mph are expected later this week according to the Met Office warning. Here is the current outlook. Photo Courtesy:- earth.nullschool.net

Areas subject to warnings could experience 2-5cm (0.8-2in) of snow, with 10-20cm possible on higher ground. The extreme winter weather that has grasped Europe in the past few days has caused more than a dozen demises, left villages cut off, caused potential disruption to power supplies and water outages, frozen rivers and lakes, grounded flights and led to road accidents.

More than 20 people are now known to have died as icy temperatures continue to grip much of Europe. In Italy, eight deaths were blamed on the extreme cold, including a man who died in the basement of an abandoned building in Milan, and another one on a street siding Arno River of Florence.

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People walk in the snow in a street of Santeramo in Colle at the weekend after snowfalls near Bari in the Puglia region in the south of Italy. Photo Courtesy:- (AFP)
Snow falls in Sammichele di Bari, near Bari in the Puglia region in the south of Italy as winter weather hits the continent. Photo Courtesy:- (AFP)

And there were ten more people died of cold in Poland on Sunday, bringing the nation’s death toll from winter weather to 55 since November 1, authorities said Sunday. In neighbouring Bulgaria, police said three weather-related deaths, including two men from Iraq and a Somali woman, had died from cold in mountains near Turkey as they travelled to Europe.

Frozen bridges, small fishing boats and stones on the coast are seen near the Black sea town of Varna, some 279 miles east of the Bulgarian capital Sofia. Photo Courtesy:- (WENN.com)

Temperatures dropped to -30C in the mountains of southern Poland. Serbia’s authorities on Sunday banned river transportation on its stretch of the Adriatic Sea and the Danube (Polar temperatures of between -15C and -26C saw ice forming on sea, smaller rivers, lakes and ponds).

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Ice floes float in the water of River Danube at the Szabadsag (Freedom) Bridge in Budapest, Hungary. Photo Courtesy:- (AP)

Jenny Rourke, the deputy chief operational meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “A cold spell of weather will affect the UK from Wednesday. With strong north-westerly winds, all areas will feel the cold and there will be snow showers, especially in northern and western areas.

“With wintry weather anticipated later this week, we’ve issued weather warnings for snow and wind, and we advise people to check the latest forecast and weather warnings before they travel.”

The Met Office Forecaster Marco Petagna said: “We could see the coldest day of winter on Friday. A cold front moving in from the Atlantic will bring heavy frost and frequent snowstorms.

Courtesy:- Met Office
Courtesy:- Met Office

“It is likely that five to 10 centimetres of snow will come in from the north and fall as far as the south of the country on Friday, and there could be even thicker snow in the hills.

“Daytime temperatures on Wednesday will be around 4-6°C (39-43°F) but harsh winds will make it feel as if temperatures are well below freezing. Temperatures will become increasingly colder throughout the week and by Friday it is likely that night-time temperatures will be as low as minus 2°C (28°F).”