Cold snap could bring snow next week say Met Office

Frederick Owens
February 22, 2018

The United Kingdom is bracing for a severe wintery snap in the coming days, as a blast of cold weather known as the "Beast from the East" approaches. A biting bitter wind chill will make it feel icy cold.

That is according to the latest 10-day weather forecast from the UK Met Office which is now officially warning of snow and "unusually" cold weather from early next week.

The last "sudden stratospheric warming" was present in 2010 which brought the coldest December on record for most parts of Ireland with low temperatures of minus 17.5 degrees in places.

"Highs on Saturday will be 4-5C (39-41F), on Sunday the highest temperatures will be 3C (37F)".

A fairly static area of high pressure is expected over Scandinavia which will feed increasingly cold air from the continent across Britain and Ireland.

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'Through next week it is likely to become even colder with strong easterly winds, bringing an increasing threat of snow showers. "Indeed, there is potential for this cold spell to be the coldest for several years in the south".

"As we head through the middle of March, there is a lot of uncertainty in the forecast, but it may start to turn more unsettled and less cold with the wettest and mildest weather spreading in from the southwest".

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'As that high pressure builds an easterly flow will start to develop and we will start getting an easterly wind and cold air moving in from Eastern Europe by the time we get to the weekend, ' he said.

The Met Office also said there could be some frosty nights, and warned that into next week even colder air from Russian Federation could move across the country.

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