UK snow: Arctic cold snap to bring 9cm of snow as -7C freeze brings 20C heatwave to a halt

UK snow: Arctic cold snap to bring 9cm of snow as -7C freeze brings 20C heatwave to a halt

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AN ARCTIC cold snap is set to bring the recent 20C heatwave experienced by many brits to an abrupt halt as widespread sub-zero temperatures and snowfall are forecast across the UK this week.

UK Weather: Chart shows heavy snowfall in the north

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The bitter cold weather front has been labelled a “troublemaker” by meteorologists as Brits will be forced to turn their heaters back on. Snow will start to fall in the northern parts of Scotland from the early hours of Tuesday morning with one to three centimetres expected in areas such as Inverness and Aberdeen.

During these hours the rest of the UK will receive increased cloud cover and showers but with temperatures dropping from double digits into single digits for most.

BBC weather presenter Ben Rich stated on Countryfile that the majority of the UK can expect “mild night temperatures between four and 10 degrees” while parts of Scotland will suffer sub-zero temperatures.

Mr Rich noted that the increasing cold weather front is set to become “a big player in our weather” this week as it brings wintry showers and cold chill from the north.

snow fall

Snow set to hit the UK this week (Image: Getty)

Wednesday temperatures in Scotland

Sub-Zero temperatures in Scotland on Wednesday (Image: WXCHARTS)

From Wednesday, there will be “much colder air tucking in from the north” and northern areas such as Middlesbrough and Newcastle are predicted to see up to nine centimetres of snowfall, according to WXCharts.

The BBC’s forecaster stated that by Thursday the cold weather front that will bring the wintry conditions to the north “could become something of a troublemaker.”

By the early hours of Thursday morning, some areas in the UK will be hit with bitter temperatures as low as minus seven degrees Celsius.

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Snow on tulips

The snow is set to abruptly halt the spring weather (Image: Getty)

Overview weather map for Thursday

Weather map showing the snow fall for Thursday (Image: WXCHARTS)

Manchester is expected to have up to seven centimetres of snow according to snow depth charts while Birmingham will see between one and three centimetres.

Mr Rich added: “Chances are that we will generate an area of low pressure along that front” which will cause a “zone of sleet and snow” across the southern parts of the UK.

The southern parts of the UK will experience temperatures between 0 and three degrees Celsius.

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Weather map for low temperatures

Weather map showing the freezing temperatures for Thursday (Image: WXCHARTS)

This is a 10C drop compared to the 13C from Sunday and the soaring 20C temperatures seen earlier in the week that saw people sunbathing in parks across the country.

Widespread frost is expected on Thursday night with most areas below freezing before the cold snap eases off and temperatures stabilise in single digits.

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