UK weather: 'Coldest weather of winter' coming to Britain

Winter weather Feb 12th 2017

Health officials have issued a warning for the elderly and sick to stock up on food and medical essentials as weather forecasters predict more snow and freezing temperatures this weekend.

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The next two days could see the coldest temperatures this winter, with the North East expecting 10cm of snow and gales, the Independent reports.

Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey told the newspaper: "Down the eastern side of the UK we are likely to see snow flurries, sleet and showers coming through, which are likely to turn wintry.

"We could see gales in the North East, with drifting snow, and we could see icy conditions and disruptions to transport, particularly on higher routes through the Pennines."

Chief Meteorologist Andy Page at the Met office said: "The easterly air flow will continue through the weekend and with strengthening winds it will feel very cold. Wind chill will make it feel more like -4C during the day, so make sure you are prepared if you are heading outdoors."

Winds will pick up across the south of the UK by Sunday and this, combined with the cold temperatures, will make it feel very chilly, he adds.

Meanwhile, Professor Paul Cosford, Medical Director and Director of Health Protection at PHE says: "With more cold weather across all parts of England now is the time to really think how it could impact you and your family, particularly those who are very young, over 65 or who have heart and lung conditions.

"Try to keep homes heated to at least 18C, stock up on any essential medicine or food that you need before the cold arrives and remember that you will be warmer wearing several thin layers instead of fewer thick ones.

The Met Office says that as we head through next week, the air flow will gradually move towards coming from the south-east and eventually the south, meaning it should start to feel less cold.

After respite on Valentine's Day, when temperatures will reach a mild 13C, the weather in late February could bring more snow and colder conditions.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said: "13C highs are possible on Tuesday, remaining mild later in the week. But we expect cold spells ahead in February and March, risking wintry conditions.

"At the end of February, incursions of milder weather look short-lived. Temperatures will perhaps be a little below average. Nights will be cold with the risk of frost."

Visit weather.aol.co.uk for your local forecast.

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This luxury adults-only hotel was named TripAdvisor's top hotel in its Travellers' Choice Awards 2016. Just 10 minutes from Lanzarote airport, it sits right on the on the beach front and is surrounded by a wide range of leisure and restaurants. Each of the 25 exclusive suites offer views over the Atlantic Ocean surrounded by the comfort and harmony. Visit lanissuites.com for more.

Set in Lanzarote’s most popular resort, this place ticks all the right boxes for sun, sea and sand seekers. The newly refurbished Aqua Suites are a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of Puerto del Carmen’s main drag. Everything’s within easy reach, with a beach just a 10-minute walk away and an 18-hole golf course a couple of minutes’ drive down the road. See here for more.

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With soothing fountains, fragrant flower-filled passageways and spectacular sea and mountain views, this small exclusive resort features "beautifully decorated" villas with private pools, unlimited access to a spa, fitness room and squash court. There's a wonderful golf course and each of the 28 individual luxury villas, each with their solar-powered own pool.  Visit royalgardenvillas.com.

For real luxury, this adults-only oceanfront complex offers a personalised butler service in all rooms. The outdoor pool has Balinese beds and hydromassage loungers. Each room has a private terrace with ocean or garden views. Visit melia.com for more.

Bahiazul offers all the amenities of a large hotel, but you stay in your own villa, each with a private pool and Jacuzzi and a roof terrace with BBQ. Each villa offers three ensuite bedrooms and inbuilt music systems. Visit bahiazul.com for more.

Set amongst 13 acres of lush gardens, Costa Sal is less than 10 minutes from Arrecife Airport. This clean, spacious and comfortable resort is the ideal place for families, with homely suites,  good service and a relaxed atmosphere.  Visit costasal.com for more.

This grand, colonial-style hotel boasts three pools and a setting just five minutes’ walk from the beach. Edged by tropical gardens, you'd never know you were so close to all the smart shops and restaurants in Playa Fanabé. Visit adrianhoteles for more info.
 

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