Weather forecast UK latest – Met Office issues amber warnings as SNOW set to hit Britain in brutal -7C Arctic blast

SNOW will batter the UK over the coming days as an Arctic Blast sends temperatures plunging as low as -7C.

Up to 20 inches of snow are predicted to fall in Scotland starting from Sunday, with the icy weather moving further down the country over the following days.

By Tuesday London and the rest of southern England will see snow meaning the entire UK should have experienced some snow by the middle of next week.

The Met Office has said shots of Arctic air will hit our shores this week – "meaning much colder and wetter weather".

The weather agency tweeted: "Are you noticing the change in temperature? Several shots of Arctic air are on the way to the UK later this week as the jet stream dips southwards bringing much #colder and wetter weather.

Read our weather live blog for the latest forecasts and updates…

  • Milica Cosic

    Northern Scotland's snow levels

    Netweather forecaster Jo Farrow has said that: "Northern Scotland could see snow down to low levels, elsewhere it will mostly be on mountains and hills.

    "Those coastal areas that stick out, being exposed in a northerly flow will be more likely to catch wintry flurries.

    "But the air plunging down through the UK will be properly cold by Saturday and so there is the possibility of seeing snow flurries even temporary deposits further south as small features are pushed southwards. 

    "There will also be sleet and hail, that kind of icy rain that should be snow but isn’t and is just grim and spiky. The Pennines and North York Moors should also get a covering."

  • Milica Cosic

    Snow day soon!

    Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Chris Almond said that snow could fall everywhere over the next few days.

    He said: ”Gusts of wind are likely to reach 50 to 60 mph widely, with 70 to 80 mph possible in coastal locations, particularly in parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland. 

    “As well as strong winds, rain will also move south across the country on Friday, with showers following turning increasingly to hill snow in the north. 

    “This wintry mix of showers will continue on Saturday, and although snow is possible almost anywhere away from the far-south, accumulations are likely to be confined to hills.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Temperatures are set to plunge

    Amid the chaotic weather, temperatures are set to plunge below zero – with forecasters predicting possible snow across the country this weekend.

    Storm Arwen is the first named storm of the year bringing two days of disruptive weather to the country.

  • Milica Cosic

    Snow could cover ENTIRE country this weekend 

    THE entire country could be covered in snow this weekend – as a storm bringing massive 80mph wind gusts barrels towards the UK.

    Brits have been warned to batten down the hatches as Storm Arwen blasts the country from Friday, sparking fears debris will be sent flying and of huge travel delays.

    The amber wind warning will last until Saturday, with Brits issued danger to life warnings and warned to expect damage to trees and buildings, public transport cancellations, road and bridge closures, power cuts and large waves.

    High winds associated with Storm Arwen are expected to cause some travel disruption and damage across the UK
  • Milica Cosic

    Things to do when it snows

    We'll be honest, we're like a big kid when it snows. Here are 10 things you and your kids can do when it snows:

    1. Go sledging

    2. Make hot chocolate and get cosy at home

    3. Build a snowman

    4. Do some arts and crafts

    5. Snow painting

    6. Make snow angels

    7. Watch bubbles freeze

    8. Make homemade playdough

    9. Get baking

    10. Plan a dream list of days out to visit this year

  • Joseph Gamp

    Storm Arwen is named

    The Met Office has named Storm Arwen; the low-pressure system will bring high winds most of the UK.

    An amber wind warning for northeast Scotland and England has been added to existing wider yellow warnings that are in place for Friday for Scotland, Northern Ireland and the west of England and Wales, as well as for much of the UK – except the southeast – on Saturday.  

    The amber warning will run from 3pm on Friday to 9qm on Saturday, with the strongest winds expected in coastal locations, where gusts in excess of 75mph are possible in some places.  

  • Joseph Gamp

    First storm names of the season

    Here are the dates of first named storm since naming began for UK & Ireland, not counting ex-hurricanes or names from other agencies.

    The first storms of the season begin with A, according to the Met Office's alphabetical list of names for storms.

    • 2015-16 12 November Abigail
    • 2016-17 20 November Angus
    • 2017-18 12 September Aileen
    • 2018-19 19 September Ali
    • 2019-20 08 December Atiyah
    • 2020-21 31 October Aiden

    Met Office weather outlook for Saturday to Monday

    Cold on Saturday with mixture of rain, sleet and snow showers, accompanied by gales.

    Improving through Sunday; widely fine after frosty start.

    Further cloud/rain slowly spreading from the west later.

    YOUR iPhone can warn you if you're about to get snowed on.

    The latest iPhone update added a hidden setting that gives you alerts based on your location.

    First, make sure you're updated to iOS 15 – go to Settings > General > Software Update.

    Then grant the Weather app your location info, otherwise it won't work.

    Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Weather and select Always.

    You'll get even better alerts if you grant Precise Location access.

    Next, make sure the Weather app can send notifications.

    Go to Settings > Notifications > Weather > Allow Notifications, and then select which type of alerts you want.

    Finally, you then need to enable weather alerts.

    Go into the Weather app and choose the list icon in the bottom-right.

    At the top you'll see an option called Stay Dry.

    • Joseph Gamp

      How to dress for extremely cold weather

      Part of dressing safely for cold temperatures is being intentional in making sure that every part of your body is adequately covered and kept dry. When getting dressed in the winter, use the CDC's checklist below as a guide.

      • A hat
      • A scarf or knit mask to cover face and mouth
      • Sleeves that are snug at the wrist
      • Mittens (they are warmer than gloves)
      • Several layers of loose-fitting clothing
      • Water-resistant coat and boots

      Explained: Why do I need a winter Covid booster?

      Covid boosters are being rolled out in order to protect the vulnerable from a “challenging winter”.

      Now we are all mingling freely again, germs are being spread at a quicker rate and the classic winter bugs have made a return.

      Although the vaccine is currently effective against the Delta variant, viruses have to mutate to survive.

      Essentially because a virus has such as a short life span they evolve much faster than bigger, more complex organisms – for instance it took millions of years for humans to evolve the right genes to drink milk (and many still haven’t – particularly in Asia) – and can change their physiology in a matter of months.

      With the number of unvaccinated people still in the UK and the fact that over time the acquired immunity from the virus breaks down, the virus has the space to change and get stronger so it can get around the vaccine – bringing us back to square one.

      How to de-ice safely without damaging your windscreen

      This winter, make sure you do it right by using only mild to moderate pressure on your windscreen.

      The frost on your vehicle could contain rocks and other sharp material, which could crack your windshield if it's pressed too hard.

      Turning the car on and sticking on the heaters for five to 10 minutes will also make your life easier and prevent you needing to press hard to clear any ice.

      Some posh ice scrapers made of glass have appeared on the market, but using such a material in our modest winter temperatures can be risky.

      Plastic or rubber is the safer choice, even if it needs a bit more elbow grease.

      Labour says energy supplier situation ‘is a Government crisis’

      Ed Miliband claimed the energy supplier situation was a Government “crisis”.

      He said: “We’ve seen a failure of policy over a decade, a failure of regulation. The Government making the cost-of-living crisis worse. Isn’t the truth this Government cannot be the answer to this energy crisis because it is their crisis and it’s businesses and families who are paying the price.”

      Responding, Mr Kwarteng said: “Just as a point of fact, the number is actually 22 companies not 18… actually that shows the incredible resilience of the systems that we have in place.”

      He added: “In terms of regulation Ofgem have launched a review looking at the retail market and how it operates, and that’s something which I will be studying very closely and directly involved with.”

      Five essentials to pack  before hitting the roads ahead of snow next week

      A flask of hot drink is another must-have to fend off the cold when stationary – while a torch can be used to help see as daylight hours get shorter.

      Meanwhile, in case an unfortunate skid sends them off the road, a shovel is needed to make sure drivers can free their cars if stuck in snow.

      The insurer also urges drivers to "fully de-ice" their vehicles prior to heading off – including clearing snow from the windows, lights and the roof to help with visibility.

      "It’s also worth having winter essentials in the car such as warm, waterproof layers, a shovel, a torch, fully charged mobile phone and a flask of hot drink.”


      Two weather warnings for strong winds of up to 80mph have been issued by the Met Office for later this week.

      Scotland looks set to bear the brunt of the gales, with the strongest winds arriving across the north on Friday afternoon (November 26) and sweeping down across the rest of the country.

      The Met Office warns: “The location and strength of the very strongest winds remains uncertain. However, gusts seem likely to reach 50 to 60mph widely, with 70 to 80mph possible in coastal locations, particularly in parts of Scotland.”

      • Adriana Elgueta


        Stephen Dixon, a Met Office spokesperson, said: “Storm Arwen has been named on the back of a deep low-pressure system moving to the north-east of the UK, which has brought about our amber wind warning on Friday.

        “The worst affected areas will predominantly be on the coasts, with gusts of over 75mph bringing possible disruption to travel and longer journey times, power cuts, flying debris and large waves, with beach material being thrown around.

        “There is also a yellow warning of wind in place along the west coast of the UK from 9am on Friday, stretching from Scotland, through Northern Ireland and Wales and as far as south-west England.

        "This reflects the impact Storm Arwen will have, with strong winds likely to occur into Saturday, when the warning is extended to most parts of the UK.

        “The south-east and London, though fairly windy, are likely to escape the worst of the gusts and remain relatively calm in comparison to the rest of the country, which will certainly feel the impact of the storm.”

      • Adriana Elgueta

        Has there ever been a hurricane in the UK?

        A powerful storm ravaged many parts of the UK in the middle of October 1987.

        With winds gusting at up to 100mph, there was massive devastation across the country and 18 people were killed.

        About 15 million trees were blown down. Many fell on to roads and railways, causing major transport delays.

        Others took down electricity and telephone lines, leaving thousands of homes without power for more than 24 hours.

        Buildings were damaged by winds or falling trees. Numerous small boats were wrecked or blown away, with one ship at Dover being blown over and a Channel ferry was blown ashore near Folkestone.

        During the evening of 15 October, radio and TV forecasts mentioned strong winds but indicated heavy rain would be the main feature.

        By the time most people went to bed, exceptionally strong winds hadn't been mentioned in national radio and TV weather broadcasts.

      • Adriana Elgueta


        Snow is forecast to fall "for days" as parts of the North East accumulate "up to 3 inches".

        People are facing several days of snow, sleet, rain and severe 80mph gales with up to 20 inches (50cm) of snow predicted to fall over the Cairngorms in Scotland in the coming days.

        And at higher elevations in northern England and Wales as well, residents have been warned of the possibility of "prolonged periods" of snowfall, the Mirror reports.

        The Met Office said snow will be possible "almost anywhere" between Friday and Sunday.

        Maps are predicting temperatures close to zero for Thursday morning and the cold weather is set to remain in place well into December.

      • Adriana Elgueta

        How to drive in the snow without breaking the law

        Defrosting your car – the lazy way

        Nipping out to switch your engine on early may seem like a clever way to make your car comfy and defrost the windscreen. But you can invalidate your insurance if you leave the motor running unattended.

        Driving with snow still on the roof

        While having snow on your roof is not prohibited it could land you in deep drift with the law. Should clumps fall onto your windscreen or onto another car you could be penalised for driving without "due consideration".

        Not cleaning every window or your lights

        Every glass panel used to see from and even your head and tail lights need to be scrubbed of ice and condensation to ensure you are within the law.

        Not de-icing your license plate

         Even your licence plate needs to be free of ice and snow. Drivers could be accused of purposely trying to avoid the detection of speed cameras by keeping them covered over.

      • Adriana Elgueta

        Is my car insured in the snow?

        If you take a risk and travel in heavy amber or red weather warnings and end up in an accident, you may be scuppered.

        Kevin Pratt, consumer affairs expert at MoneySuperMarket, told The Scottish Sun : "Your insurance cover should remain valid whatever the weather, but don’t take that as a green flag to drive without giving heed to the red alert for snow.

        "Simply knowing you’re going to get a payout shouldn’t mean you take undue risks.

        “If your insurance company can prove contributory negligence on your part, your claim might be questioned, and any payout reduced.

        He said you might not even be entitled to recovery by your roadside rescue policy.

        Kevin added: “Same would apply if you went down a road in contravention of official road closure signs and were subsequently involved in an accident."

      • Adriana Elgueta


        • Flying debris is likely and could lead to Injuries or danger to life
        • Probably damage to trees, temporary structures and buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs
        • Longer journey times and cancellations likely, as road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected
        • There is a good chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
        • Injuries and danger to life is likely from large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and properties, say the Met Office

        The Amber alert is in place tomorrow on the East Coast from Scarborough up to the Shetlands.

        • Louis Allwood

          Keep warm with our clever cold hacks (Continued…)

          Even double glazed windows lose heat. Line your current curtains by placing old shower sheets behind them, which should help prevent condensation. If you really want to block out the cold, place quilts in front of the window. Keep them up using Velcro on the frames – they could be too heavy for the curtain rail.

          Don't have double glazing? Spray a fine mist of water on your windows then carefully press bubble wrap against them. Or attach clear film to the panes using double-sided tape then fix it in place with a blast of heat from a hairdryer.

          Alternatively, close your curtains during the night and open them when the sun shines – it will make a difference.

          Place a layer of tin foil between radiators and walls. It helps reflect the heat back into the room, increasing the radiator’s output while also preventing warmth seeping into the masonry.

          Cut out felt pieces and put them in your shoes or slippers to avoid your toes turning blue.

          To stop your feet ­getting drenched by rain, rub clear candle wax on the shoe surface, then blast it with a hairdryer until it melts to create a waterproof layer.

        • Louis Allwood

          Keep warm with our clever cold hacks

          DON’T get left out in the cold when the big freeze sweeps the country over the weekend.

          With snow and a dramatic drop in temperature predicted, you could be dealing with fogged car windscreens, rising heating bills and even cracked skin.

          Thankfully, common problems can be solved with simple tips using everyday household items. Grant Rollings reveals the best.

          It doesn’t have to be icy between the sheets. Fill a small pillowcase with dry rice or beans and tie the ends. Warm them in an airing cupboard or on a radiator then slip them underneath your duvet.

          Want to stop drafts creeping in under doors? Simply slide a piece of foam pipe insulation beneath them.

        • Louis Allwood

          How will the weekend be?

          Cold on Saturday with mixture of rain, sleet and snow showers, accompanied by gales.

          Improving through Sunday; widely fine after frosty start.

          Further cloud/rain slowly spreading from the west later.

        • Louis Allwood

          Hold tight, yellow warning issued

          The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for most of Wales from 9am Friday midnight on Friday, and all of Wales on Saturday until 6pm.

          The wind up to 65mph could cause damage to trees and buildings, with risk of “injuries and danger to life from flying debris” as well as power outrages and travels delay.

          Forecasters warned people living in or visiting coastal areas of “large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties”.

          Snowfall is also expected in the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia.

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