Weather forecast UK today – Bitter -5C freeze on way and could last WEEKS thanks to 'Arctic Dome', Met Office warns

SNOW and ice could hit the country THIS WEEK as the Met Office has warned of a 2,000-mile wide "Artic dome" of cold air.

After the first signs of spring as Brits basked in 17C sun in parts of the UK, the weather will turn colder again starting from Wednesday, forecasters have warned.

An Arctic blast is due to bring snow and a sub-zero freeze towards the end of the week.

The mercury will plummet with Scotland, Northumberland, Cumbria, Liverpool and Manchester all set to see snow, according to Netweather.

It has predicted a 30 to 85 per cent chance of the white stuff.

London, Bath and Kent could also see white showers, forecasters have warned.

Temperatures in the South East could hit a low of between -3 and -5C as cold air comes in from the North East.

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  • Alice Peacock

    WIND SPEED COULD REACH 100MPH IN MAINLAND UK THIS WEEK

    Leading bookmaker Coral makes it odds-on at 4-9 for the wind speed to reach as high as 100mph in the mainland UK before the end of the week .

    The firm go 4-5 for -10C or lower being recorded in March, while it is 5-4 to be the wettest month on record.

    “We are set for more gales over the next few days and as a result our betting suggests the wind speed could even reach 100mph in the mainland before the end of the week,” said Coral’s John Hill.

    “With heavy downpours also on their way, the odds have also been cut on this month ending as the wettest March on record in the UK,” added Hill.

  • Alice Peacock

    FINE, BRIGHT START TO A FAIRLY SETTLED DAY

    It won’t be quite as warm and sunny as yesterday for most of us, but it's still a fine day ahead.

    BBC Weather forecaster Simon King said it's a "largely dry and bright start to the day".

    "We've got a bit of rain affecting the far north of Scotland, that will gradually clear."

    "There will be some sunny spells for most areas through this morning."

    Many parts of England and Wales can expect to see some cloud settling in over the afternoon and into this evening.

  • Alex Winter

    WHAT CAN WE EXPECT TODAY?

  • Alex Winter

    TUESDAY WAS WARMEST DAY OF 2021 SO FAR

  • Alex Winter

    'ARCTIC DOME' WILL BRING SNOW & ICE IN COMING DAYS

    The Met Office has warned a 2,000-mile wide 'Arctic dome' of cold air will bring snow and ice into the UK this week.

    After the first signs of spring, the weather will turn colder again starting from Wednesday, forecasters have warned.

    The mercury will plummet with Scotland, Northumberland, Cumbria, Liverpool and Manchester all set to see snow, according to Netweather.

    It has predicted a 30 to 85 per cent chance of the white stuff, with temperatures in the South East reaching between -3C and -5C.

    London, Bath and Kent could also see white showers, forecasters have warned.

  • Katie Davis

    LONG-RANGE FORECAST FOR APRIL

    Going into April, settled conditions are likely to continue in southern and eastern areas, where a good deal of dry and bright weather will occur, according to the Met Office.

    The weather in the northwest will be changeable and unsettled, and there is a slight possibility that some of the wet and windy weather may push southwards into central areas at times, allowing clearer but showery weather into the northwest.

    Conditions look to be drier than average for most.

    Temperatures are expected to be near or milder than average, with any cooler interludes likely to be short-lived, and mostly in the north.

    With the year progressing and temperatures warming, there is an increased chance of afternoon showers, even in the settled southeast.

  • Katie Davis

    WEDNESDAY'S FORECAST

    Western and southwestern areas seeing pleasantly warm sunny spells once any mist clears.

    Cloudier in north and east, with scattered showers in southeastern areas.

    A little drizzle in the northwest.

  • Katie Davis

    TUESDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES

    Tuesday brought a mix bag of weather across the country, with some enjoying spring-like temperatures while others were subject to rain.

    The highest temperature was recorded in Pershore, Worcesterhire, at 17.9C, while the lowest was reported in Baltasound, Shetland Islands, at -2.8C.

    Loch Glascarnoch saw the most amount of rain, at 14.6mm.

  • Katie Davis

    CORAL CUTS ODDS TO 2-1 ON SNOW FALLING IN ANY MAJOR CITY BEFORE END OF MARCH

    Coral has cut the odds to 2-1 on snow falling in any major city in the UK before the month is out.

    The firm makes it 1-2 for the wind speed to reach as high as 100mph in the mainland UK before the end of the weekend.

    They go 4-5 for -10C or lower being recorded in March, while it is 5-4 to be the wettest month on record.

    “We are not far away from spring now, however, the weather over the last few days is a reminder we are not done with winter just yet,” said Coral’s John Hill.

    “The odds have been slashed in half on snow falling in any major UK city before the end of this month.”

  • Katie Davis

    FLOOD ALERTS IN FORCE

    The Environment Agency has issued 16 flood alerts across the country.

    That means flooding is possible and those living in the area should be prepared.

    View the list here

  • Katie Davis

    TEMPERATURE REACHED 17.2C IN WALES

    Highs of 17.2C were recorded today at Cardiff Bute Park.

    Many Brits enjoyed a taste of spring today as temperatures reached between 14C and 17C in some parts.

    For Wales and Scotland, it was the warmest day of the year so far.

  • Katie Davis

    HIGHEST TEMP OF THE YEAR FOR NORTHERN IRELAND

    The Met Office says Northern Ireland has recorded double digit figures today.

    A lush, spring like temperature of 14.8C was recorded in Derrylin today.

    It comes following reports that a big freeze will hit the UK by the end of this week

  • Katie Davis

    WIND SPEED COULD REACH 100MPH IN MAINLAND UK THIS WEEK

    Leading bookmaker Coral makes it odds-on at 4-9 for the wind speed to reach as high as 100mph in the mainland UK before the end of the week .

    The firm go 4-5 for -10C or lower being recorded in March, while it is 5-4 to be the wettest month on record.

    “We are set for more gales over the next few days and as a result our betting suggests the wind speed could even reach 100mph in the mainland before the end of the week,” said Coral’s John Hill.

    “With heavy downpours also on their way, the odds have also been cut on this month ending as the wettest March on record in the UK,” added Hill.

  • Katie Davis

    CHILLY START TO WEDNESDAY

  • Katie Davis

    OUTLOOK FOR TOMORROW

    Western and southwestern areas seeing pleasantly warm sunny spells once any mist clears.

    Cloudier in north and east, with scattered showers in southeastern areas.

    A little drizzle in the northwest.

  • Katie Davis

    THREE-WEEK ‘POLAR SPRING’ TO KEEP SCOTLAND IN THE COLD

    Scotland’s coldest winter for 10 years is expected to drag on thanks to a 2,000-mile ‘Arctic dome’ of cold air bringing a three-week ‘polar spring’.

    Brian Gaze at Weather Outlook warned it could plunge to lows of -5C in Scotland, with other areas of the UK averaging 0C.

    Northerly winds will bring freezing air and the potential for “snow showers”.

  • Katie Davis

    IN PICS: STUNNING SUNSET

    These beautiful snaps show the sunsetting over the sea.

    In Blackpool, people stood on the beach at sunset to watch a stunning starling murmuration by the North Pier.

    Meanwhile in Sunderland, the sun was captured going down behind a lighthouse at Roker Beach.

    View of sunrise behind a lighthouse at Roker Beach in SunderlandCredit: Reuters
    People stand on the beach at sunset to watch the starling murmuration by the North Pier in BlackpoolCredit: AFP

     

  • Katie Davis

    LONG-RANGE FORECAST FOR APRIL

    Going into April, settled conditions are likely to continue in southern and eastern areas, where a good deal of dry and bright weather will occur, according to the Met Office.

    The weather in the northwest will be changeable and unsettled, and there is a slight possibility that some of the wet and windy weather may push southwards into central areas at times, allowing clearer but showery weather into the northwest.

    Conditions look to be drier than average for most.

    Temperatures are expected to be near or milder than average, with any cooler interludes likely to be short-lived, and mostly in the north.

    With the year progressing and temperatures warming, there is an increased chance of afternoon showers, even in the settled southeast.

  • Katie Davis

    FLOOD ALERTS IN FORCE

    The Environment Agency has issued 16 flood alerts across the country.

    That means flooding is possible and those living in the area should be prepared.

    View the list here

  • Katie Davis

    CORAL CUTS ODDS TO 2-1 ON SNOW FALLING IN ANY MAJOR CITY BEFORE END OF MARCH

    Coral has cut the odds to 2-1 on snow falling in any major city in the UK before the month is out.

    The firm makes it 1-2 for the wind speed to reach as high as 100mph in the mainland UK before the end of the weekend.

    They go 4-5 for -10C or lower being recorded in March, while it is 5-4 to be the wettest month on record.

    “We are not far away from spring now, however, the weather over the last few days is a reminder we are not done with winter just yet,” said Coral’s John Hill.

    “The odds have been slashed in half on snow falling in any major UK city before the end of this month.”

  • Katie Davis

    IN PICS: SUNNY DAY IN DORSET

    Those in Lyme Regis enjoy sunny spells and blue skies today.

    Beaches remained quiet, however, with just a few pictured out for a stroll.

    Elsewhere in the country, many have been subject to rain showers throughout the day.

    People enjoying the weather in DorsetCredit: Alamy
    Blue skies across the beach in Lyme RegisCredit: Alamy

     

  • Katie Davis

    OUTLOOK FOR TOMORROW

    Western and southwestern areas seeing warm sunny spells once any mist clears.

    Cloudier in north and east, with scattered showers in southeastern areas

    A little drizzle in the northwest.

  • Katie Davis

    WARMEST DAY OF THE YEAR IN WALES AND SCOTLAND

    Those living in Scotland and Wales were treated to their warmest day of the year yet.

    So far, the highest temperature recorded so far this year in England was 18.4C.

    That was reported on February 24 at Santon Downham, Suffolk.

  • Katie Davis

    FORECAST FOR TONIGHT

    Most areas fine with long clear spells, according to the Met Office.

    Staying breezy in the east and north, with some areas of cloud.

    Lighter winds in the west, allowing patchy frost and a few fog patches, perhaps especially Northern Ireland.

  • Alice Peacock

    SPRING-LIKE AFTERNOON FOR PARTS OF SCOTLAND

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