It’s going to be chilly!
Britain set for ICY MEGASTORM: Storm Rina to merge with Arctic winds and spark BIG FREEZE
BRITAIN is wrapping for one of the coldest weekends of autumn with temperatures set to dip lower than Iceland.
Bitter Polar winds will send thermometers plummeting around the country with snow forecast across low ground in parts.
Scotland, the north and parts of the southwest are in the firing line for wet and windy conditions driven by an ex-tropical storm.
The remnants of Tropical Storm Rina, currently sweeping across the Atlantic, will be picked up by weather systems heading towards the UK.
Coastal regions face gales Friday night while strong winds and rain will affect western England, Wales and the southwest.
Temperatures will widely drop to freezing or below on Saturday night with lows of -5C (23F) forecast on Sunday.
Britons face a frosty commute on Monday with much of the country likely to wake to wintry conditions, experts warn.
The Met Office predicts snow over the hills and mountains in the north with showers also possible low ground.
Forecaster Emma Sharples said: “Showers on Saturday will be wintry in the north over the hills and around coasts, but there could be some to lower levels.
“It will turn colder on Sunday night and into Monday and we could see temperatures drop to -5C (23F) in rural areas.
She said: “We are already in a Polar Maritime airmass and this will move southwards across the country over the next few days.
“We expect some quite wet weather to move across western England Wales and the southwest on Friday evening.
“This is due to an area of low pressure associated with a wavy weather front which will have picked up some of the remnants of Tropical Storm Rina.
The next 5 days see a continuation of a cool NW airflow across NW Europe – resulting in further snow accumulations for higher ground.
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“Sunday will be the coldest day of the weekend.”
Temperatures will drop to -2C (28.4F) in the north on Saturday night while the south hovers between 3C (37.4F) and 6C (42.8F).
Scotland and northern England will struggle to get above mid single figures on Sunday with highs of around 8C (46.4F) forecast elsewhere.
The mercury will drop to -5C (23F) in the north overnight into Monday with freezing or just below expected in the south.
It will be a bitterly cold start to the week with nowhere likely to get much out of single figures through Monday with maximum temperatures of 8C (46.4F).
Motoring experts have warned commuters to take extra care on icy roads over the coming days and weeks.
Simon Benson, director of motoring services at AA Tyres, said:“It’s one of the busiest times of the year with families preoccupied with festive chores but with inclement weather, icy roads and the potential for snow, drivers have to be especially careful over this period.
“During the winter months the roads are at their most hazardous and the prospect of contending with a dark evening rush hour, snow, ice, strong winds and floods can be worrisome for drivers.”
Parts of Britain are likely to be colder than Reykjavik, Iceland, where temperatures will hit a relatively balmy 5C (41F) on Monday morning.
Exacta Weather forecaster James Madden said: “It will turn colder for much of the country once again and with this will see the development for overnight frosts and daytime temperatures struggling to get out of single digits for many.”