UK weather forecast: Frost to cover Britain and snow on its way as temperatures plummet

Rebecca Speare-Cole
Frost will hit Monday morning commuters in the north: dpa/AFP via Getty Images

Commuters will wake up to frost on Monday morning as temperatures plummet across the country.

The Met Office has issued four snow and ice warnings as a cold snap hits the UK at the start of the week.

Northern Ireland, Scotland and northern England will all face slippery road conditions with likely transport disruptions during Monday's rush hour while snow is set to sweep Scotland.

But by Wednesday, milder temperatures will return with a mixture of sunny spells and showers for the rest of the week.

Snow and ice warnings are in place for the north (PA)

Met Office spokeswoman Helen Roberts said: "It is going to be a colder night on Sunday than we have had of late with cool air filtering in from the west.

"So we will see a return of frost on Monday, which we haven't had in a while."

Commuters are facing cold weather early next week (Jeremy Selwyn)

"With showers blowing through overnight, we have ice risks in most northern areas," she added.

Ms Roberts said the main risk will be on untreated surfaces, so pavements and roads which have not been gritted.

She said people should leave extra time for their journeys, take extra caution on roads and keep an eye on the latest Met Office updates.

"It is going to be slippery surfaces with the potential for transport disruptions, mainly on trains and roads," she added.

The combined ice and snow warning for northwest Scotland will be in place for the whole day until midnight on Tuesday.

Deer in Richmond Park, south west London, as the cold weather continues (PA)

"We have showers spreading in from the sea and they will be wintry above 100m," she said.

"We will continue to see these showers throughout the day, so there could be an accumulation of snow across the highlands."

Monday and Tuesday will see temperatures reaching highs of around 5-6C in the north and 8-9C in the south.

Tuesday could see temperatures fall to -2-3C in Scotland, according to the Met Office.

It is likely there will be further warnings issued for Monday night into Tuesday as Brits face a second bracingly cold night with temperatures dropping below freezing, Ms Roberts said.

But Wednesday will bring milder temperatures as the mercury rises back up towards 11C in the south and 9C in the north.

"Wednesday onwards, we start to see a return of some milder air and quite a changeable second half of the week," Ms Roberts said.

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