UK weather: Britain braces for snow and ice as temperatures drop | Weather United Kingdom

The Met Office has issued its first snow warning this winter as Britain is set to face freezing temperatures this week.

A yellow weather warning for snow was issued for northern Scotland on Wednesday, with snow showers likely to disrupt travel.

Snow could also fall in parts of Northern Ireland and North East England, with the coldest temperatures expected from Wednesday. Much of the UK is expected to stay just above freezing during the day and drop below overnight.

“It is likely to continue to be cold with further showers for much of the UK which will fall as sleet and snow in the north leading to snow accumulations on higher ground,” the Met Office said. “Showers falling as rain or sleet are more likely in parts of the south.”

The forecast suggests “plenty of fine, dry weather with sunny spells at times in the south, but with some heavy overnight frosts expected.”

However, temperatures are expected to remain cold or very cold across the UK for the next week.

The weather warning for Scotland says up to 2-5cm of snow is possible on lower ground, rising to 5-10cm on ground above 200 metres. Some drift and blizzard conditions are also possible in strong northerly winds, according to the warning.

The warning covers Central, Tayside & Fife, Grampian, Highlands & Eilean Sia and Orkney & Shetland.

From Wednesday, daytime temperatures are expected to be as low as 2°C, dropping to -3°C overnight Thursday, in a cold snap from low pressure in Norway.

The outlook for the rest of the month suggests that the weather could warm up, but with wet and windy conditions for the south and west.

“The north and east are most likely to retain colder conditions the longest,” the Met Office predicts. “Any transition between the cold and mild conditions would bring a chance of rain, with sleet and snow, especially on the hills.”

The UK would need a December with near record cold weather to avoid 2022 being the hottest year on record for the UK. Provisional Met Office figures show that autumn (September, October and November) was the third warmest on record for the UK, with an average average temperature of 11.1C.

November continued 2022’s run of every month being warmer than average, with the first 11 months of the year being the hottest on record for the UK.

Mike Kendon, from the National Climate Information Centre, said: “Although it is too early to guarantee that 2022 will be the UK’s hottest year, the first 11 months have set up the possibility of a record warm year, with only a very cold December capable of potentially influencing where the year will end up in the record books.

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