UK weather snow forecast – Brutal -7C on coldest night of winter so far and Arctic Blast is about to make it even COLDER

BRITS shivered as temperatures dipped to a bone-chilling -7C last night – and an Arctic blast on the way means it'll only get COLDER from here.

Wales last night faced its coldest night of the winter so far, as the mercury took a tumble to -6C in the country, and Brits endured freezing temperatures.

But the whole country felt the freeze last night. It was below zero everywhere, with dipping -7C temperatures in Oxfordshire and the south coast of England.

The Met Office said: "Last night was the coldest night of the Winter so far for Wales, with Sennybridge recording a low of -6.0 °C during the early hours of Friday."

Read our weather live blog for the latest news and forecasts

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    UK weather outlook for Sunday and Monday

    Early mist on Sunday will soon clear. It will then be dry with bright spells and variable amounts of cloud cover. Spells of drizzle across western Scotland.

    Cloud on Monday will break and spells of sunshine will develop. There will also be spells of rain across Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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    Tomorrow's weather forecast (Saturday)

    A cold start to the day with early frost.

    It will then be dry and bright across much of southern and central England with lots of sunshine.

    There will be more cloud across Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and northern and western England with patches of mist lingering.

    Rain across western Scotland.

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    Tonight's weather

    A mostly dry evening with clear spells but there will be more cloud in the north and west.

    Overnight, most areas will continue dry with patches of mist forming and there will be thick cloud cover across northern and western areas.

    Light rain and drizzle will continue across western Scotland.

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    Top tips on defrosting your windscreen during the winter

    Mix up a solution of water with a teaspoon of salt and pour it over icy areas

    A mixture of three parts of vinegar to one part of water will also do the trick

    DON’T pour boiling water onto frozen car windows

    DON’T use anything other than a car-specific scraper to remove the frost

    Prevent windscreen frost by soaking an old towel in a solution made up of water and table salt, or a mix of one part of water and two parts of alcohol, then place it over your car windows the night before.

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    Snow to hit London ‘from February 9’

    It’s been predicted that snow will fall in London before the end of the winter.

    Flurries are expected to hit the capital on February 9.

    Before that, however, parts of Scotland and the north-east will face a battering on January 28.

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    Be careful – widespread frost expected this morning

    Met Office chief meteorologist Steve Ramsdale, said earlier this week: “A change in conditions brings cold air to the UK.

    “It’ll spread from the north later on Wednesday then lingering over England and Wales for the rest of the week and into the weekend.

    “With easing winds and good clear spells, a widespread frost is likely on Thursday and Friday morning with temperatures recovering somewhat by day.”

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    Useful tips to stay warm in the winter

    Brits are set for a winter freeze with forecasters predicting temperatures as lows as -3C, so it’s important you wrap up warm!

    1. Dress for warmth
    2. Heat up your living area
    3. Double-check your insulation and cracks
    4. Take advantage of natural heat – during the day open the curtains and blinds and letting in the natural sunlight
    5. Keep your bed warm – you can just opt for placing hot water bottles wrapped in a fleece or wool cover
    6. Keep your metabolism running
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    How should you prepare for safe driving in snow?

    Before heading off in the snow, plan your journey carefully and keep up-to-date with local weather reports. You should also:

    • Allow more time than you usually would and ensure all the snow is clear from your vehicle.
    • It is actually against the law to drive with snow on your car.
    • Carry a lock de-icer with you to clear your locks.
    • Make sure any auto wiper control is switched off before turning the ignition on.
    • If they are frozen to the screen the control fuse will blow.
    • Check your tyres for adequate tread so the grip is sufficient. If conditions are very bad you may want to consider using snow socks or chains.
    • Use a good screenwash that protects down to at least -35C to prevent the water from freezing.

    Being gentler on the throttle and brakes and slowing down, particularly on rural or ungritted routes, can help ensure a safe and trouble-free journey, advises the RAC.

    Protecting the vulnerable during the cold

    The UK Health and Security Agency has now alerted people in central and southern England to look out for vulnerable neighbours during the chill.

    Agostinho Sousa, consultant in public health medicine at the organisation, said the cold can have a deadly toll.

    "Cold weather can have a serious impact on health, particularly for older people and those with heart and lung problems, as it increases the risks of heart attacks, strokes and chest infections," she said.

    "Remind vulnerable relatives and neighbours to heat their home to at least 18C – particularly if they have reduced mobility, are 65 or older, or have a health condition.

    "Should they need to go outside, it's important for them to wear shoes with a good grip."

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      UK weather outlook for Saturday and Sunday

      Mainly dry on Saturday with sunny spells and variable amounts of cloud cover. There will also be some spells of rain and drizzle across northern Scotland.

      Saturday will continue dry for most areas with the best of the sunny spells across eastern areas. Outbreaks of rain will continue across Scotland

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      Coldest night of winter to hit TODAY

      The mercury will dip to around -5C in London in the early hours of Friday as an Arctic blast holds the country in its grip.

      Forecasters say it'll be so cold that overnight frosts will last all day in some areas.

      Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern said southerners are set to shiver as the week goes on.

      "On Friday morning, there'll be a widespread frost," he said.

      "It'll be perhaps the coldest night of the winter for some southern parts of the country."

      However, the weather will be milder in the north-west, where there'll be cloudier skies to limit the frost.

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      Today's forecast (Friday)

      Early patches of mist and fog will be slow to lift and clear during the morning.

      It will then be d dry with sunny spells however there will be variable amounts of cloud cover across northern and western areas.

      There is also a chance of showers or spots of rain across north-west Scotland.

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      Long range forecast for end of month

      The Met Office’s long range forecast for the end of the month into February states: “This period is likely to see a gradual transition to more unsettled conditions.

      “Heaviest precipitation is likely to occur across the northwest, particularly later in the period, whilst drier than average conditions are more likely to prevail in the southeast, particularly earlier in the period.

      “Spells of strong winds are likely, mainly in the north.

      “Temperatures likely to be slightly above average overall. Some colder interludes are still expected though, bringing a risk of occasional snow, most likely over northern hills.”

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      Long range forecast – January 31 to February 14

      The Met Office in its long-range forecast has predicted snow could fall towards the end of January into early February.

      From January 31 to February 14, the Met Office warns that “some colder interludes remain possible, bringing a risk of occasional snow, this most likely over northern hills.”

      The week beginning February first will see grim weather, and the coldest parts of winter still to come.

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      Is it illegal to leave your car engine running to defrost your windscreen?

      If you leave your engine running while your motor is stationary on the road, it could land you in hot water.

      “Stationary idling” is an offence under section 42 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, which means leaving the car running is off-limits.

      The Act enforces rule 123 of the Highway Code which states: “You must not leave a vehicle engine running unnecessarily while that vehicle is stationary on a public road.”

      So, defrosting your windscreen by leaving the engine and heating on is actually against the law.

      However, this law doesn’t mean you have to turn your engine off at every red light, as it is simply aimed at unnecessarily idling vehicles to help reduce noise and air pollution.

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      How to stay warm when outside

      With the weather getting chillier and frostier, you’ll want to wrap up warm.

      Here are some good tips for staying all snugly and cosy when outdoors:

      1. Prewarm your clothes.
      2. Invest in some quality thermals.
      3. Fleece leggings.
      4. Hand warmers.
      5. Cover every inch of skin.
      6. Eat fatty foods.
      7. Thermal flask.
      8. Keep moving.
      9. Keep hydrated.
      10. Keep your head covered.
      11. Tactical scarf-wearing – including keeping your nose and mouth covered
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      Ways to stay safe & avoid delays on icy roads

      AS Brits brace for a January deep freeze, drivers are urged to be extra cautious on the road.

      Here, we round up the top seven ways you can avoid accidents and weather-induced delays while on the road this winter.

      • Keep your phone fully-charged
      • Check your air pressure and tread depth
      • De-ice your car
      • Increase your stopping distance
      • Take it slow
      • Don’t go out unless necessary
      • Use familiar roads
      • Drive in a high gear

      Read the article in full here.

      Meteorologist on the weather this month

      Jim Dale, a senior meteorologist at British Weather Services told the Express: "As we get towards the end of the month – the coldest on average parts of the year – what we're seeing is the high pressure pulling away south and west, allowing a north-easterly air stream to come in.

      "That may well start to bring some snow events towards the latter stages of the month – so that last week of January. I'm talking now about January 25-28."

      Rain and windy conditions are expected for the rest of the week, with gust of up to 50mph at the peak.

      Through the weekend it is expected to be dry for many but often rather cloudy, with some light rain at times in the far north.

      Brace yourselves for -3C deep freeze 

      Brits are set for a winter freeze with forecasters predicting temperatures as lows as -3C.

      According to charts, temperatures across the country are expected to plummet below sub-zero on January 20. The lowest of the temperatures will be in Yorkshire, where graphs from WXCharts show the mercury falling to -3C. 

      According to charts, snow levels may exceed 10cm on Thursday.

      These ice-cold conditions will remain on January 21, with London and the southeast seeing the mercury fall to -1C.

      A date to look forward to

      Brits can look forward to 10.21am on March 24 – the precise moment they expect spirits to lift after the dreary winter months, new research has revealed.

      The study, by Yakult Light, found the January blues have a significant impact, revealing we desperately miss a host of things – such as spring flowers coming into bloom, spending time in pub gardens and the smell of freshly cut grass.

      January’s unpopularity is confirmed as three in four of us (76 per cent) admit it is when we are most likely to need a mood boost following December’s festivities.

      More than half (52 per cent) say this is due to the cold and wet weather with 64 per cent saying the thing they most miss is longer daylight hours.

      Almost half (46 per cent) of us feel tired and lacking in energy, 43 per cent say it makes us irritable and 41 per cent of Brits are less sociable as a result.

      As a result, Brits cannot wait for the start of spring in March and the activities which warmer and longer days bring, with half looking forward to spending more time outdoors.

      Pictured: Cold weather from the past few days

      HEALTH chiefs have issued a rare warning ahead of the coldest night of the winter so far.

      Flurries of snow are also set to hit the UK in weeks as temperatures plummet to sub-zero levels – with icy cold winds.



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        Cold weather impact on the elderly

        Agostinho Sousa, consultant in public health medicine at the UKHSA, has urged Britons to remind elderly neighbours to heat their homes.

        "Cold weather can have a serious impact on health, particularly for older people and those with heart and lung problems, as it increases the risks of heart attacks, strokes and chest infections.

        "Remind vulnerable relatives and neighbours to heat their home to at least 18C – particularly if they have reduced mobility, are 65 or older, or have a health condition.

        "Should they need to go outside, it's important for them to wear shoes with a good grip."

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        Odds on UK’s coldest January since records began

        Coral makes this January odds on, at 4-5, to be the UK’s coldest since records began.

        Coral go even shorter odds for snow to fall in London in January, pricing that at just 1-2.

        “January is proving to be bitterly cold now as we head towards the second half of the month and temperatures are going to drop so low that we now make it odds on for the UK’s coldest first month of the year to be recorded,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.

        “We didn’t get the White Christmas that Londoners dreamed of but we think snow is on the way at last and it is very short odds indeed for the white stuff to fall this month,” added Aitkenhead.

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        Tonight's weather

        A dry and clear evening for most areas however there will be thick cloud across Northern Ireland, northern Scotland and parts of north Wales and East Anglia.

        These conditions will then persist overnight with patches of mist forming and there is a chance of a few showers which may be wintry in nature

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        Tomorrow’s forecast (Friday)

        Early patches of mist and fog will be slow to lift and clear during the morning.

        It will then be d dry with sunny spells however there will be variable amounts of cloud cover across northern and western areas.

        There is also a chance of showers or spots of rain across north-west Scotland.

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