'Arctic plunge' to bring snow, frost and freezing winds to UK next week

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Get ready for the Big Freeze in the UK. The relatively balmy autumn and golden scenes across the British landscape are set to give way to cold temperatures, snow and freezing winds as an 'Arctic plunge' sweeps in from the North Pole next week.

Morning temperatures could drop to -3C in southern Britain, with day temperatures struggling to reach over 4C.

While parts of Cumbria and Durham have already experienced up to 3in of snow, it will now spread to other parts of the country.

Leon Brown, meteorologist at The Weather Channel, told Aol Travel: "There's a fairly high confidence that next week will become a lot colder

"An Arctic plunge from next Tuesday will see snow showers over northern Scotland. The Grampians and Cairngorms in north east Scotland may see 10cm or more by Tuesday morning.

"We will then be watching another low pressure system that is expected to track southwards next Wednesday that may bring sleet and hill snow across Wales and much of central Britain, even higher ground in the south west is at risk.

"This will then be followed by frosty and icy weather for Thursday and Friday.

"Maximum daytime temperatures by next Tuesday only 4C or 5C in central and southern Britain and 1C to 3C in the north

"Next Wednesday morning temperatures may fall to -3C in the south and -8C in Scotland, with similar low temperatures on Thursday and Friday morning too."

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