Weather forecast weekend – Britain hit by Arctic blast as temperatures drop to -10C in Scotland

BRITAIN is facing an Arctic blast with temperatures set to dip as low as -10C in places.

Gusts of winds reached 81mph in Scotland on Saturday and bookies predict this speed to reach 100mph over the weekend.

Gritters have been out in Northern Ireland spreading salt on the roads as temperatures are set to fall below zero.

Snow is forecast at lower levels in Scotland while the rest of the UK is set to experience the first "real taste of winter" of late 2020.

Thankfully the temperatures will have picked up slightly by Saturday, before an extremely changeable front moves in next week.

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  • Jon Rogers

    SCOTLAND TO BE WORST HIT BY 'ARCTIC BLAST'

    Scotland is expected to see the worst of the “arctic blast” ahead of the festive period.

    Temperatures to dip to as low as -10C in some places, predictions say.

    Leon Brown, head of meteorological operations at The Weather Company, said: “People will get a shock after recent mild winters.

    “It looks like a close call for this winter to be 0.3C below average, which would make it the coldest winter since the early 2010s.

    “A colder-than-average December is favoured, with Arctic influxes from the north-west due to the jet stream's position.”

  • Jon Rogers

    BOOKIES PREDICT WINDS TO REACH 100MPH THIS WEEKEND

    Bookmaker Coral is giving odds of 5-4 for the wind speed to reach as high as 100mph in the mainland UK this weekend.

    The firm go 1-3 for temperatures to drop to as low as 0C before the end of the weekend, while it is 4-5 for snow to fall in any major city over the next couple of days.

    “It is going to be an uneasy couple of days as our betting suggests the wind speed may reach as high as 100mph in some areas of the mainland over the next couple of days,” said Coral's John Hill.

    “With temperatures also dropping towards freezing point, the prospect of seeing some snow this weekend is also quite high,” added Hill.

  • Jon Rogers

    81MPH GUST RECORDED IN SHETLAND

    An 81 mph gust of wind was recorded in Lerwick, in the Shetland Isles on Saturday.

    Achnagart, also in Scotland saw the most rainfall on Saturday with 25.6mm, the Met Office has said.

    Scotland though secured the top spot for the sunniest place in the UK with Dyce on the east coast getting 5.7 hours.

  • Jon Rogers

    SHELTERS OVERCROWDED AFTER HURRICANES ETA AND IOTA

    Shelters for people whose homes were flooded or damaged by hurricanes Eta and Iota in Honduras are now so crowded that thousands of victims have taken refuge under highway overpasses or bridges.

    The International Red Cross estimates that about 4.2million people were affected by the back-to-back Category 4 hurricanes in November in Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala. Several hundred thousand are in shelters or informal camps across the region.

    But nowhere are the evacuated victims piled up more densely than in the northern Honduras city of San Pedro Sula, where some neighborhoods are still under water.

    The evacuees say they fear that even when they are eventually allowed to return to their flooded neighborhoods, they will find everything gone.

  • Jon Rogers

    GRITTERS OUT IN NORTHERN IRELAND

    Gritters are out and about salting the roads in Northern Ireland, Trafficwatch NI has said.

    Temperatures are set to fall below freezing overnight and motorists have been urged to use caution when driving.

    Trafficwatch NI said in a statement: “Temperatures are forecast to fall below freezing with a risk of ice on the roads across the parts of the South and East overnight.

    “Salting of roads on the scheduled network considered to be at risk is currently underway in the East and planned overnight in the South.

    “Road users are advised to exercise caution when travelling, particularly when driving on untreated roads.

    “Dfi Engineers will continue to monitor the weather and road surface temperatures overnight and undertake further salting of the network if required.”

  • Jon Rogers

    COLD AND BRIGHT START TO SUNDAY

    It will be a cold, bright and sharp start to Sunday in central areas, the Met Office is predicting.

    The south will see a cloudy start with a few areas of patchy rain.

    Northern Scotland will see a windy Sunday morning with some blustery showers.

  • Chris Bradford

    TONIGHT'S FORECAST

    There will be further blustery showers in the north as it becomes dry across many areas tonight.

    A band of rain continues south and will become rather slow moving along the south coast by dawn.

    Temperatures are expected to be colder than last night.

  • Chris Bradford

    SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW

    It was a day of sunshine and showers as a brilliant rainbow illuminated the sky at Wallace monument in Stirling, Scotland today.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    ATLANTIC INFLUENCE

    Temperatures of -10C in Scotland and -5C in England are expected in December, with snow in the north including to lower levels at times, and a risk in the south, with some travel disruption.

    “January and February temperatures look more average, with an Atlantic influence – but also cold spells and not the extreme mild temperatures of last winter,” a forecaster said.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    COLD COLD COLD

    Leon Brown, head of meteorological operations, said: “People will get a shock after recent mild winters.

    “It looks like a close call for this winter to be 0.3C below average, which would make it the coldest winter since the early 2010s.

    “A colder-than-average December is favoured, with Arctic influxes from the north-west due to the jet stream's position.”

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    TURNING CHILLY

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    BELOW-AVERAGE TEMPERATURES IN DECEMBER

    Forecasters have already warned of below-average temperatures in December, and a higher chance of cold spells than in recent years.

    Meanwhile, bookies have slashed the odds on a snowy Christmas Day.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    TEMPERATURE MAP

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    WINDY DAY

    Waves crash against the lighthouse at Newhaven in Sussex.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    RAINBOW OVER STIRLING, SCOTLAND

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    CLOUDY DAY

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    COLD SPELLS

    According to the Met Office, the chance of cold spells is much higher than in recent years.

    “Temperatures will feel reasonably cold in late November,” officials from the service said.

    “December 5 to 19 has temperatures close to or below average, with an increasing chance of wintry showers, especially in the north on high ground.”

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    COLDEST WINTER SINCE 2012

    Officials at The Weather Company say in recent years, our winters have been milder – and the cold this season will “shock” us.

    Met Office records show that if the average temperature is just 0.2C below normal, at 3.5C or lower, it'll be the coldest winter since 2012/13.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS

    There's a 60 per cent chance Brits will see a white Christmas – amid claims this winter could be the coldest in almost a decade.

    Arctic blasts ahead of the festive season could bring -10c temperatures, along with snow and ice, it has been claimed.

    More on the story here

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    STRONG WINDS AND SHOWERS IN SCOTLAND

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    OUTLOOK FOR MONDAY TO WEDNESDAY

    The Met Office said the weather from Monday to Wednesday is set to be rainy, with strong winds particularly in the North West.

    Rain is expected to be heavy at times, according to forecasters.

    Elsewhere it will be mostly dry and bright, but most places will experience rain on Wednesday.

    Temperatures will stay mild, the Met Office said.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    SUNDAY WEATHER FORECAST

    The Met Office's weather forecast for Sunday says: “Further blustery showers in north, heaviest and most frequent across northern Scotland.

    “Many central parts dry with some sunshine.

    “Cloudier in the south with light rain and drizzle at times.”

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    SENTINEL6 LAUNCHING TONIGHT

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    WET WEATHER

    Saturday afternoon will bring a band of wet weather across the South of England with wind blowing from the West.

    Only some parts of the UK will stay dry, the Met Office said.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    WINTER SUNRISE

    The winter sun tries to break through gloomy skies at Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset at sunrise this morning.

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