Met Office warns 'sudden' weather shift to hit UK with 'significant' impact

The UK is set for a freezing cold snap followed by potential June heatwave - and weather forecasters have warned there could be a "significant" impact for Brits' health. Speaking to Daily Star, health expert at Financial Education Dr Lawrence Cunningham, warned the UK.

He said: "In my experience, drastic fluctuations in weather can significantly impact our physical health. For instance, sudden temperature changes can stress the body's ability to regulate its internal temperature. This stress, in turn, can exacerbate chronic conditions such as cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.

"I have seen cases in patients with pre-existing conditions, which to me suggests a direct correlation between such environmental changes and individual health vulnerabilities. The human body is designed to operate within a certain range of temperatures and conditions. When the weather changes drastically, the body must work harder to maintain its core temperature.

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"This additional strain can compromise the immune system, making people more prone to illnesses." The Met Office late June forecast adds: "The balance between drier and wetter spells is unclear, if anything for most regions, wetter than average is slightly more likely than drier than average for the period as a whole. Temperatures around or a little above average is most likely.

"Some warmer spells are possible but there are no meaningful signs regarding if and when they may occur." Dr Cunningham explained: "I've observed that the range of illnesses that can manifest due to erratic weather conditions is quite broad."

Met Office meteorologist Annie Shuttleworth said: "Cold air continues to dive south and eastwards through the night on Tuesday night into Wednesday and this occluded front brings a focus of some quite heavy showers through Wednesday morning,” meteorologist Annie Shuttleworth said.

"Those showers could fall as snow over the high ground of Scotland, which is not that typical for early summer but isn't completely unusual. Snow is only really expected over and above 600 meters in Scotland."

Dr Cunningham added: "However, respiratory infections like the common cold, the flu, and pneumonia are the most common. These infections often spike when a sudden temperature drops, as the immune system’s response time to pathogens slows down. Also, abrupt weather changes can trigger asthma attacks and exacerbate conditions like arthritis due to changes in atmospheric pressure."