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UK snow: Brits brace for cold snap and snow as mercury plunges to bitter -4C – ‘Big drop’

UK Weather: Met Office forecast long spells of rain

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Conditions are expected to worsen in the early stages of 2022 after the United Kingdom witnessed a relatively mild few weeks in December. The Met Office has already issued two yellow weather warnings for the New Year as parts of Scotland look set to face a duo warning for wind and snow which will last from Tuesday into Wednesday.

The UK’s national weather service warns “frequent snow showers” and “gusts of severe gale force” winds could lead to travel disruption.

The Met Office website warns conditions could even become “difficult” for drivers, could affect bus, ferry and possibly train services, lead to delays for high-sided vehicles and could cause spray or large waves in coastal areas.

Speaking about conditions next week, Met Office meteorologist Steven Keates told Express.co.uk: “We are going to see a big drop in temperatures this week, certainly compared to what we’ve seen recently.”

He added: “Daytime highs on Tuesday in North East Scotland, well over the mountains, will probably not get above freezing.

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“I think in coastal areas lower down it will probably be somewhere in the range of 2 to 5C.”

High spring tides could also bring coastal issues, including minor coastal flooding.

The UK has issued 37 flood warnings and alerts, including a dozen in Scotland.

However, Mr Keates stressed the wind chill effect could make conditions feel as cold as -2 to -4C in areas including Kirkwall on the Orkney Islands as gusts are expected to be between 60 and 70mph in some places.

Such weather could lead to “transport disruption” in places and even lead to other “minor issues”, such as potential power outages.

But the Met Office meteorologist stressed conditions were merely returning to normality.

He said: “I think as it’s been a record-breakingly mild December it’s going to be a shock to the system but it’s not exceptionally cold in the grand scheme of things.

“Conditions are reverting back to something more typical for January.”

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Accuweather’s Renee Duff also told Express.co.uk, rainfall there will be some “quick-moving” rain events before Britain is hit with its yellow weather warnings.

“Rainfall amounts are forecast to be highest in Wales and southwestern England, with around 25 mm possible,” she said.

“Anyone travelling throughout the region Saturday night and Sunday should expect to face wet roads and reduced visibility due to blowing spray from other vehicles.”

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