Britain to be colder than Iceland this weekend with temperatures of -4C and risk of SNOW


Britain is facing a bitter wintry weekend with the risk of snow falling on higher ground in the north and temperatures sinking below zero in a harsh Polar wind.

Some parts of the UK, especially in Scotland and the north, could be even colder than Iceland, with the mercury dipping as low as -4C in rural areas.

But even the Midlands and southern parts of Britain will feel cold, with temperatures hovering around the 1C mark.

Icy northerly blasts and bands of showers will surge down the west of the country from the north on Saturday and Sunday.

Some of the gusts will be gale force on Sunday so it will feel quite raw in exposed areas.

Showers will start in the west, but heaviest and most frequent will edge towards the north and east - although it should stay mostly dry in southern and central parts.

Snow may start to fall in Scotland on Saturday, but coldest temperatures will be felt on Sunday as winds strengthen.

It will remain chilly into next week with the risk of more wintry flurries.

A widespread frost is set to develop on Sunday night into Monday morning.

Forecast models indicate that temperatures will peak between one and three degrees below normal for the time of year.

However, the wind chill will make it feel much cooler than the highs of just 7-10C predicted.

A spokesperson for The Weather Channel said: "Low pressure will bring further bands of cloud, rain and showers through the end of the week, turning wintry across the Scottish Highlands, but with some drier interludes at times.

"A cooler north-westerly flow will develop over the weekend with temperatures dropping below normal on Sunday, and it will turn drier."

There are indications that pressure will rise over Greenland towards the end of this month which could lead to extreme weather conditions in the UK and north-west Europe.‚Äč

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