The recent mild but wet weather will this week be replaced by freezing temperatures as a low pressure system moving in over the Atlantic could pull in a cold snap from the Arctic.
Night time temperatures will plummet to -5 while even snow is expected to fall in some parts of Britain.
Leon Brown, meteorologist at The Weather Channel, told Aol Travel: "There's a snow risk at first on Sunday, mainly in higher parts of the Pennines and northwards, but then it will turn colder more generally on Sunday night, with a snow risk across Wales, Midlands and much of northern Britain
"On Monday morning areas from Norfolk and Lincolnshire northwards across northern England to Scotland could wake up to a few centimetres of snow, with five to 10cm over higher parts of northern England.
Next week looks drier and a bit colder, with winds from the east or north east from Tuesday to Thursday. "There will be some wintry showers at times moving from the east," says Leon.
"By Friday there is a risk of snow even at lower levels across the northern half of the country and rain in the south, although there could be snow over the Midlands too."
Leon added: "Next week, a deep area of low pressure will move southwards with a cold, very windy and showery weather pattern at first. The showers will be wintry with snow over higher hills and perhaps to lower levels for a time in the north.
"The end of next week could see the colder weather over Scandinavia reach us with night frosts, although the Atlantic weather systems could possibly hold the colder weather back."
Where to go for a hot holiday in January
Winter is here! SNOW and temperatures of -5 to hit UK
It's an old winter sun favourite and Barbados is the classic Caribbean island for a beach holiday. It's only eight hours away and temperatures reach up to 29 degrees in January with 10 hours of sunshine a day. The island is the culinary capital of the Caribbean, there are spectacular diving sites and the beaches are idyllic. Tropical Sky offers seven nights' all-inclusive holidays at the three-star Butterfly Beach from £949 in January.
Winter is a great time to visit Florida's famous parks as there are good deals and no queues for the rides like during the busy summer holidays. Get wet at SeaWorld Orlando and up-close to the park's sharks, killer whales and walruses. Busch Gardens is ideal for thrill-seekers and has some of the world's best rollercoasters. Aquatica boasts unique water rides and animal encounters and Discovery Cove gives you exclusive access to animals, allowing you to swim with dolphins, giant rays and tropical fish.
Take to the sea this January and experience 14 days of sun on an adults-only cruise to the Canary Islands and Portugal with P&O Cruises. Oriana calls at Madeira, La Palma, Lanzarote, Tenerife, Lisbon, Gran Canaria and La Gomera. Explore volcanic peaks, lush rainforests and traditional villages on the Canary Islands winter cruise, which costs from £699 per person full board.
Fancy spending a week on the beach this winter? The Cape Verde islands are located 500km off the coast of West Africa and share African and Portuguese influences. They're not as touristy as the Canary Islands and have gorgeous beaches in Sal and Boa Vista. Cape Verde is also a paradise for surfers, hikers and divers. Sunshine.co.uk offers holidays to Cape Verde in Sal, Boa Vista, Santiago and Sao Vicente.
January is a great time to visit Hawaii, when it's winter but the average temperature is 27 degrees! Whale watching season is in full swing, the mountains are at their greenest and there are big waves on the North Shore of Oahu. You'll also find some exciting festivals taking place in January, including Chinese New Year celebrations and the Maui Whale Festival. Travelsupermarket compares holiday deals in Hawaii and offers seven-night trips leaving on 25 January from £926 per person.
With temperatures nearing an unbearable 50 degrees in summer, January is the ideal month to hit Dubai, when you can escape the cold UK weather and enjoy sunnier climes. If you're a shopaholic, the annual Dubai Shopping Festival takes place from 5 January until 5 February. Around the city, there are great golf clubs, stunning beaches and a buzzing nightlife scene.Try this:British Airways offers holidays in Dubai in January from £575 per person for three nights.
Whether you're a beach bum or an adventure-seeker, Lanzarote in the Canary Islands is a great place to go in the UK winter months when it has warm weather. The end of January sees the 4 Stage Off Road Mountain Bike Race take place so if you're looking for an active break you can enjoy four days of cycling around the island. Other things to see and do include taking a wine tour, water sports and exploring the Timanfaya National Park. Vintage Travel offers a range of villas with pools in Lanzarote.
Winter in Miami, Florida means warm temperatures, vibrant nightlife and events like the Miami Marathon. Go shopping in Miami Beach's Lincoln Road Mall, spend an afternoon people-watching on South Beach and get buff on the beach with volleyball and Frisbee. Try this: North America Travel Services is offering three nights at EPIC, Miami and four nights at Vero Beach Hotel and Spa from £1,338 per person. including flights and car hire from January 2014. Call 0845 122 8899 or visit www.northamericatravelservice.co.uk.
South Africa's Southern Cape offers exactly what most of us want in a January getaway - a dry, warm and lively atmosphere! The lovely weather makes the Winelands, beaches and Garden Route a treat. From mid-January to mid-February you can see a Shakespeare play at the open-air theatre, Maynardville, too. Try this: Explore offers a 13-night South African adventure which takes in the Winelands, Cape Town and Tsitisikamma National Park, from £1,790 including flights. Visit explore.co.uk or call 0845 2914541.
Patagonia in Chile, aka the Eighth Wonder of the World, is a treat at any time of year because of its abundance of activities but its warmest months are January and February when you can enjoy horse riding, kayaking and bird watching. The Torres del Paine National Park is one of South America's most beautiful parks,with breathtaking scenery, dramatic walking trails and wildlife. Try this: The five-star deluxeAwasi Patagonia (www.awasipatagonia.cl) which opened in 2013 is a chic retreat located within a private reserve, boasting unrivalled views of the Torres del Paine and Lake Sarmiento with 12 luxury villas. Book with newly launched Latin American specialist miravivatravel.com with prices starting from £1,300 based on a three-night programme on an all inclusive basis.
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Where to go in February
Winter is here! SNOW and temperatures of -5 to hit UK
Best for: Winter sun under £300. Time from UK: 4 hours.
If you're looking for where's hot in February, the Canary Islands is the ideal place to get away from the English winter: it has an average year-round temperature of 22C, is sunny nearly every day, is affordable, beautiful and close! We love Fuerteventura for its stunning beaches (try Corralejo in the north, or Jandia in the south), brilliant watersports, great restaurants and buzzy nightlife (check out Caleta de Fuste for the liveliest resort).
Book into the Apartamentos Maxorata Beach in Corralejo from 58 euros per day. It's 500m from the beach and the perfect spot for exploring the island and taking a ferry across to Lanzarote.
Best for: Sightseeing. Time from UK: 13 hours.
The magnificent temples of Angkor have attracted visitors from all over the world for thousands of years. Built from the 9th to 14th centuries - when the Khmer regime was at its most creative - these sites are architectural wonders. Angkor Wat is the largest and most well-preserved monument, and the colonial-style Siem Reap is the nearest town...
Stay in the capital, Phnom Penh, which has vibrant nightlife, beautiful pagodas, and the humbling Cheong Ek. Elsewhere, there's beautiful jungle, stunning beaches (try Sihanoukville) and national parks to soak up. Check out the range of holidays on offer from Kuoni, where you can choose from an array of package holidays or organise your own tailor-made trip.
Best for: Thrill-seekers. Time from UK: 24 hours.
February is the last summer month in New Zealand, and also one of the hottest, with average temperatures around 25-30C. Queenstown is New Zealand's well-known adrenalin junkie capital, where you can do practically every heart-stopping activity you can think of, including: white water rafting, bungee jumping, jet boating and tandem sky-diving...
For something a bit different, try hiking the 33.5-mile Milford Track in the Fiordland National Park (book a guided tour with Ultimate Hikes New Zealand); go kayaking at Abel Tasmin National Park; or soak up the stunning scenery at the North Island's famous Ninety Mile Beach.
Best for: Skiing. Time from UK: One hour to Geneva Airport, then a 90-minute transfer to Chamonix, making it a great long weekend getaway.
Chamonix is one of the top Alpine skiing destinations, and the Vallee Blanche is reportedly one of the top off-piste ski routes in the world (novice skiers avoid!).
The town is charming and traditional, nestled at the bottom of the stunning Mont Blanc, and it boasts some of the best Savoyard cuisine in the Alps (think fondue, smoked pork, and wild berries and mushrooms). For lunch with a view, try the La Bergerie mountain restaurant, overlooking the Mont Blanc massif. And don't leave without taking a ride on the railway to the terrace at the Montenvers Hotel, for a view of the Mer de Glace glacier. Visit Crystal.
Best for: Pure relaxation. Time from UK: 10 hours and 20 minutes to the main airport in Male.
If you're wondering where to go in February for an island escpape, you can have a true Robinson Crusoe moment on the white powder beaches of the Maldives. February is the driest month of the year and is smack-bang in the middle of summer (December to April), with temperatures ranging from the mid-to-high 20s.
When you're not reading a good book on the beach (cocktail in hand, of course), you can go island hopping, take a snorkel safari, go scuba diving, on a sunset cruise, visit a local fishing village, or take a picnic on a deserted island. Visit lowcostholidays.com for some good bargains, or Abercrombie & Kent for pure luxury.
Best for: A city break with a difference. Time from UK: 11 hours
February sees Cape Town in its quieter months, but still in the height of summer - so it's hot (average 27C) and crowd-free! Head to the beautiful V&A waterfront for mooching and shopping, and to get the boat over to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison. Take a cable car up to the top of Table Mountain, then, after dark, check out Long Street for great clubs and bars. For something a bit swish, check out the popular beach suburb of Camp's Bay - full of shi shi cocktail bars with a view. And don't leave without visiting one of the beautiful vineyards, like Stellenbosch, for a spot of wine-tasting.
The wonderfully friendly team at Bushbaby Travel offers brilliant deals to an array of top hotels. They'll organise everything for you, including great bespoke combination itineraries including safari breaks around Cape Town and the Eastern Cape, tours of the Winelands, Garden Route breaks and more. Visit bushbaby.travel.
Best for: Wilderness and adventure. Time from UK: 24 hours and 35 minutes to Hobart, via Melbourne Airport.
Tasmania is a rough diamond of pure, rugged landscapes, white water rapids, pink granite boulders and sweeping curves of white sand beach. Perfect for the foodie, adrenaline junkie and culture vulture.
Tasmania is one of Black Tomato's top destinations for getting back to nature. Accommodation includes the bio-sustainable Piermont Retreat with spa suites that open up onto the sand dunes of Oyster Bay. In the highlands, there's the Cradle Mountain Lodge, overlooking wonderful glacial rivers.
Best for: Something VERY different! Time from UK: 20 hours.
The Ice Festival on Lake Huvsgul kicks off in February and there's good snow cover in the Altai mountains, which means that hunting with trained golden eagles on horseback is in full swing. You'll take training sessions with nomadic Kazakhs (and the eagle, of course) against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains and breathtaking glaciers. Then, on horses, or on foot (up to you), you'll trek deep into the Altai Mountains to begin the hunt, watching the eagles soar to monumental heights before swooping down to catch prey, like rabbit and fox.
For a journey of real adventure a fascinating insight into the Tsaatan people's way of life, check out the holidays offered by Discover Mongolia.