BBC Weather: UK set for freezing temperatures and strong wind
BBC Weather’s Carol Kirkwood has warned harsh frost will grip parts of England amid more weather warnings for snow and ice. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for ice on the east coast of Scotland and North England. Ms Kirkwood said: “We’ve had some snow as we’ve gone through the course of the night and it’s a cold start as well.
“This gives you an idea of our temperatures, -8 in Loch Glascarnoch in the Highlands of Scotland.
“A cold start, there are some showers and some of those are wintry.
“Not just this morning but as we go through the day and it’s all accompanied by a brisk wind that will add to the cold feel.
“The high pressure is anchored towards the north and lower we’re pulling in this northwesterly brisk, gusty wind so that’s really enhancing the cold feel.”
A band of rain will sweep across the south of England which will be thundery at times.
She added: “The maximum temperatures are between 4C and about 5C.
“Through this evening and overnight, we will still have rain coming across the southeast.
“Most of the conditions will be on high ground. We could see temperatures fall as low as -4C to -6C Tuesday morning.
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“Where we’ve got the damp surfaces if they’re untreated there will be some ice and also some frost to look out for as well.”
The chill in the air is due to high pressure to the north of the UK, which is dragging air from the east “which at this time of year is cold”, the Met Office said.
The cold easterly winds are set to develop next week, bringing wintry showers – particularly around eastern parts – while hazardous freezing fog, frost and ice risks will all continue, the forecasters say.
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Meteorologist Alex Burkill said: “Obviously it’s very cold and it’s going to stay cold through this week.
“Whilst there will be some wintry hazards around, it’s not really until the end of the week until we see any significant snow.”
RAC Breakdown spokesman Simon Williams said: “The message for those who have to drive is to adjust their speed according to the conditions and leave extra stopping distance so 2021 doesn’t begin with an unwelcome bump and an insurance claim.
“Snow and ice are by far the toughest driving conditions, so if they can be avoided that’s probably the best policy.”
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