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UK snow: Britain to turn freezing cold as up to 4cm of snow expected next week

Weather forecaster WXCharts indicates that the UK will see a cold spike with strong winds around February 18 and 19. The maximum gust speed will reach 103km/hr in Scotland.

The blast of cold air will cause parts of Scotland to feel as cold as -12C on February 18.

Moving into February 19, the cold wind will spread causing most of the UK – north of Birmingham – to feel like 0C and below.

Actual minimum temperatures on Friday will be as low as -5C in Scotland, and between 1C and 4C in the rest of the UK.

The forecasts come as the weather takes a turn in Scotland and northern England, with temperatures dropping well below freezing in Inverness, Aberdeen and Wick overnight.

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The latest weather maps show the UK could be hit by snow, with the Met Office issuing a warning that temperatures could be set to get colder over the rest of the month.

The first of these low-pressure systems will cross to the north of Scotland on Saturday, bringing wet and windy weather in from the north and west for the start of the weekend.

England, Wales, and southern Scotland will see outbreaks of rain.

The Southeast, however, will stay dry with some sunshine, wind and rain arriving Saturday night.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Steve Ramsdale, said: “A new area of low-pressure, this time moving across England and Wales, arrives on Saturday night then slowly clears to the east on Sunday.

“This brings wet and windy weather to the country, particularly Wales, and we have issued a Yellow National Severe Weather Warning for rain for this.

“As the system pulls away from the UK there will be another short lived, colder and more settled spell Monday night with one or two wintry showers possible over high ground in Scotland and perhaps a frost elsewhere.”

According to the weather experts, there is more unsettled weather for many on Tuesday, with rain and showers crossing the country, before the arrival of another deep low-pressure system on Wednesday.

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The development of this system will be closely watched as it brings another wet and windy day with the potential for National Severe Weather Warnings to be issued.

The Met Office said that this changeable theme is fairly typical for UK winters and looks set to continue beyond mid week with the jet stream lying across the UK.

This will bring further spells of wet and windy weather followed by sunshine and showers and temperatures will vary with spells of cold air between the milder, unsettled weather.

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