As temperatures dropped to -7.9C (17.6F) last night, forecasters said that more torrid weather is in store next week and as we head into February. The Met Office even warned of a “severe frost” and icy conditions today as a deep freeze settles across large parts of England and Wales.
And looking forward into the rest of the month and into February, parts of the northeast of England are likely to see snow, the weather service said.
Forecaster Clare Nasir said: “There will be Arctic air streaming down from the north delivering snow showers, particularly in the far northeast of the country.”
The plummeting mercury could see snow falling across northern Scotland as early as Monday.
If this materialises, it could drift south – hitting England by early February, the forecaster said.
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The Met Office said: “Elsewhere, often breezy with rain at times and mild.”
These predictions are mirrored with what forecaster WXCHARTS believe the country will experience.
According to its maps, the Arctic blast will sweep across much of the northern UK from Tuesday.
This will send the mercury plummeting – to between 0C (32F) and 1C (33.8F) across swathes of England, according to the website.
And while temperatures are predicted to recover, they are set to come crashing down by early February when they are expected to dip to as low as -2C (28.4F) in large parts of England.
This assessment is backed up by the Met Office’s long-range forecast.
From January 31 to February 14 the country “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.”