Wednesday, 4 Aug 2021

Met Office issues snow and ice warnings as temperatures sink to -5C this week

Britain is about to be hit by two days of snow and ice with temperatures set to plunge to -5C this week, the Met Office has warned.

The weather forecaster has issued a yellow warning alert for parts of the UK on Wednesday and Thursday, after the mercury hit 16C today.

The alert is in place until 10am on Thursday morning, although low temperatures are set to last the whole week.

On Friday night, the temperature will be at its lowest of -5C in Scotland, with conditions below zero expected across the north of England.

Norwich, Manchester and Newcastle will be among the worst areas hit.

Met Office meteorologist Emma Salter told the Sun Online: “There’s definitely going to be quite a different feel in the weather over the next couple of days.

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Met Office meteorologist Emma Salter told the Sun: “There’s definitely going to be quite a different feel in the weather over the next couple of days.

"Anywhere that’s 150m above sea level is likely to see about 2cm of snow on Wednesday night into Thursday.

"As we go through the week the winds will change and we’ll get that cold feel.

"Every night this week we could get a couple [of places] dipping below freezing."

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The Met Office has said that some roads and railways are likely to be affected, and commuters should be aware of longer journey times by road, bus and train services.

A warning has been put in place for injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces, and to expect some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.

The weather warning comes after today's mix of sunshine and showers across the northern half of the UK.

In the south, it has been cloudy and grey with outbreaks of rain.

The Met Office tweeted: "There'll be a notable change in the feel of the weather through this coming week, as fairly mild air in the south is replaced by colder air as the week goes on."

It added: "It will remain cloudy in the south, but the rain will gradually fizzle out later."

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