Arctic blast warning as Britain braces for -6C snow and cold: Met Office issues severe cold weather alert and UK to be hit with freezing conditions from Wednesday
- The Met Office has triggered an amber cold weather alert as Arctic blast hits the UK
- Britain braces for coldest night of the season as temperatures drop
- Snowfall expected in the northeast, with temperatures dipping to -6C
- The current record is -5.4C at Redesdale Camp, Northumberland on November 30
The Met Office has activated an amber cold weather alert as Britain braces for its coldest night of winter yet.
Temperatures are expected to plummet to -6°C in north-east England this week as a gust of arctic air heading for the UK brings severe frost and a flurry of snow.
Forecasters have issued a Level 3, or Amber, cold weather alert for severe conditions across England between 6pm Wednesday and 9am Monday 12 December.
The alert is triggered when the country faces extreme cold weather conditions that could increase health risks for vulnerable patients and disrupt service delivery. Under level 3, health and social services are required to take measures to protect high-risk groups.
Snow will fall in the North East from Wednesday, with temperatures dipping as low as -6C by Thursday. The current English record is -5.4C at Redesdale Camp, Northumberland on November 30.
In Wales, the coldest temperature of the season was -2.8°C in Libanus, Powys, on 2 December.
A walker braves a shower of snow at Nenthead, Cumbria, yesterday as Britain prepares for an arctic spell and freezing temperatures this week.
The Met Office has activated a Level 3, or Amber, cold weather alert for severe conditions in England between 6pm Wednesday and 9am Monday 12 December. The alert means cold weather could increase health risks for vulnerable people and requires health care and social services to take action to protect high-risk groups.
What is a Level 3 Cold Weather Alert?
The Met Office has activated a Level 3, or Amber, cold weather alert for severe conditions in England between 6pm on Wednesday and 9am on Monday, December 12.
The alert means cold weather could increase health risks for vulnerable people and requires health and social services to take action to protect high-risk groups.
The Met Office said Arctic air will spread south across the country from Wednesday afternoon and very cold and icy nights are expected.
Winter showers are also likely in coastal areas, bringing risks of icy patches on roads.
In the Scottish Highlands on Wednesday, a warning was issued for up to two inches of snow at low levels and four inches in areas at least 650 feet above sea level.
A Met Office spokesman said: “It will be colder on Wednesday and Thursday with snow showers across the north of Scotland and perhaps parts of Northern Ireland and north-east England.”
Elsewhere, high pressure means sunny spells will dominate midweek, but clear skies will mean heavy frosts, with temperatures dipping as low as -6C in the Pennines on Thursday night.
In rural areas of Wales and southern England, -4C or -5C is possible.
During the day, even London and the South East of England could see daytime temperatures drop to just 2-3°C on Wednesday and Thursday and barely break above 0°C on Friday.
Alex Burkill, Met Office meteorologist, said: “It’s cloudy at the moment, which means there won’t be huge differences between the daily highs and overnight lows, but as we go into this week we’ll get that cold flow from the north with skies clearer.” so sunny and cool during the day but even colder at night.’
‘It will get even colder and feel even colder with temperatures well below average for the time of year, both day and night.
“In much of England, including the South West, we could see temperatures of minus 5C or minus 6C, which is exceptionally cold.”
The Met Office expects temperatures to plummet Thursday (left) and Friday (right)
High pressure means sunny spells will dominate mid-week, but clear skies will mean heavy frosts with temperatures dipping as low as -6C in the Pennines on Thursday night.
A car drives through snowy conditions yesterday near the Cumbrian town of Nenthead.
Burkill warned that the cold snap “could last a week” but it is not likely to bring heavy snowfall to England and Wales.
He said: ‘The northerly flow will stay with us, it won’t be particularly unstable so there will be some showers, it will be mostly dry but cold.
“Since the middle of next week there are some signs that we may see more unstable weather with milder weather coming out of the south, but it’s a long way off right now.”