UK weather: Snow could hit London late next week as Met Office warns of freezing conditions

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UK weather: Snow could hit London late next week as Met Office warns of freezing conditions

Snow could be set to sweep across London next week as forecasters warn of freezing conditions.

Temperatures in the capital could fall to as low as -3C on Thursday as a cold snap from the Arctic drifts in.

The Met Office has warned of heavy snowfall in the north of the country on Monday, with the cold blast predicted to reach the south by Wednesday night.

Temperatures are set to plunge as the week draws on with the capital reaching a maximum of 7C from Thursday.

People walk on the south bank of the river Thames, in London during a snow shower in Feb 2021 (PA)
People walk on the south bank of the river Thames, in London during a snow shower in Feb 2021 (PA)

Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said: “Temperatures in London next Thursday could be 7C at maximum – so it will get below average. Night time could be nearer to freezing and we could see snowfall. It could be sleet and rain mixed during the day and then there could be a cold blast that heads south and gives snow.

“London will be dry and turn colder from this Sunday. At the beginning of next week temperatures will be average and dry and by the end of the week it will turn colder with potential snow and wintry showers.”

This coming Saturday is expected to be largely dry in the capital with isolated patches of rain or drizzle.

Sunday will be chillier with scattered showers and brisk northerly winds drifting in.

Mr Dewhurst added: “We’re going to see a change as we go through this weekend. At the moment it’s incredibly mild across the UK, about 17C across eastern Scotland. But it will turn colder as we go into the weekend. In Sunday temperatures will come down – it will feel much colder.

“Temperatures will be in the range of 7C to 10C on Sunday. There will be a lot of sunny spells around and a few showers too largely around the coasts. There will be snow on Sunday but confined to mountains in Scotland.

“Then Monday and Tuesday will be around average – it’ll be largely dry with the odd bit of fog and frost patches. On Wednesday there will be a cold front pushing southwards introducing colder air.

“By lunch time on Wednesday must of England and Wales will still be around average and largely dry. And then as that pushes southwards through the latter part of Wednesday and into Thursday there will be colder air.

“From Thursday onwards we will see temperatures below average for this time of year with increasing risk of sleet and snow showers initially in the higher ground and in the north of the UK but there are some signs that towards next weekend and into the beginning of the following week we might start to see snowfall across central and southern parts of the UK.”

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