UK weather forecast – Britain to freeze through ice-cold March with -5C temperatures & snow this week

BRITS longing for some springtime sunshine will have to wait a little while longer as temperatures take a grim tumble this week.

The mercury is expected to plunge as low as -5C in the hours to come, snow on the way tomorrow.

It's good news for winter sports fanatics heading to Scotland for fresh powder – but it'll come as a blow for those ready for balmier days.

Meanwhile, the country could face 60mph winds later today.

To top it all off, there'll be plenty of heavy rain too as the week goes on.

Bookies have already slashed the odds on this month going down as the wettest March on record – eight days in.

Snow will blast in within hours, hitting swathes of the west coast of Scotland and parts of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Dublin is predicted to see heavy flurries.

There could be more to come on Friday too, with sleet in the Midlands and the south coast.

But there'll be at least one bizarrely warm day amid winter's last blast.

A milder wave will arrive on Thursday – driving temperatures as high as 16C between Cambridgeshire and London.

By the weekend, it'll be miserable for millions, with downpours forecast on Saturday.

Met Office forecaster Clare Nasir said today has been particularly windy, with gusts touching gale-force for a time.


Her colleague, meteorologist Alex Deakin, said there's a "slightly strange week of weather ahead".

"It's going to turn milder, but it's often going to be windy. We're also talking about slow-moving weather fronts quite a lot of the time," he said.

"After a cold start to the week, it's going to be pretty mild, certainly by Thursday and Friday with those winds coming in from the south."

That will soon come to an end, however,

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"By the time we get to Friday, a cold front continues to edge its way in," he said.

"It'll be another windy day."

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "Things can only get wetter if the latest odds are anything to go by, and with even more heavy rain soon set to batter Britain, odds on this going down as a record-breaking month on the weather front are shortening by the day."

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