Britain set to be colder than ICELAND this weekend

Temperatures are set to plummet across Britain this weekend – with some areas due to be colder than ICELAND.

An icy wind blowing in from the north will bring freezing temperatures, with some outlying areas seeing the mercury fall to as low as -8 or -9C, the Met Office is forecasting.

Meteorologist Emma Sharples told Yahoo News UK: “We are going to see cold weather setting in over the weekend, particularly on Sunday with a fairly cold northerly wind.

“Much like we have seen the last couple of Sunday nights we’re going to have a cold night Sunday night into Monday with widespread frost.”

Brrrrrr – temperatures are set to plummet this weekend (Pictures: PA)

The freezing temperatures will drop to as low as -5C in some rural areas, falling even lower further north in parts of Scotland, she added.

The icy cold forecast comes as conditions on the UK’s highest mountain are set to be recorded for the first time in more than a century.

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A team of scientists scaled Ben Nevis to install a temporary weather station on its summit to keep track of wind, pressure, temperature, precipitation and humidity for four weeks – data which has not been kept since 1904 when a Victorian observatory staffed by volunteer men closed its door for the last time.

Dr Barbara Brooks from the expedition said: “Having access to Ben Nevis’ records through Operation Weather Rescue means we will be able to start making comparisons, looking for any patterns and better understand the conditions on our mountain tops.”

Ben Nevis – weather conditions will be recorded on Ben Nevis for the first time in more than a century thanks to a temporary weather station

She added: “If we can prove that the technology works and the data is robust, we’re hopeful this could lead to a new, permanent weather station on the summit, which would be invaluable for meteorologists.”