THE winter reprieve won’t last long as forecasters expect temperatures to drop and snow to fall across large parts of the UK.
Thermometers recorded double figures over the weekend as mild air was blown in from the Atlantic. But the Arctic winds are set to take hold again over the coming days.
The Met Office has issued a yellow warning due to this “old and increasingly showery northwesterly flow”, which is expected to grow during Wednesday and last through Thursday.
The alert states: “The public should be aware of the potential for disruption to travel.
“An active cold front is expected to push southeast across the UK during Wednesday, introducing an increasingly cold and unstable air mass. Showers will become frequent and heavy, falling as snow and driven well inland by strong to gale force northwesterly winds.”
Today’s daytime temperatures of around 7C across the North East will drop to as low as 1C by Thursday, but the cold winds will make it feel like -5C.
The warning adds: “Accumulating snow is likely away from windward coastal districts, especially overnight. Across Northern England 3cm to 6cm could accumulate, especially over high ground. Strong and gusty winds will likely accompany snow showers, and lead to significantly reduced visibility at times, difficult driving conditions and temporary blizzards over high ground.”