UK weather: Extreme temperatures to hit Britain

Britons can expect -6C conditions in rural areas, according to the Met Office

Winter weather Feb 3rd 2015

A cold snap is about to hit the UK with wintry weather predicted to arrive in the next few days.

As the big chill steps up a gear during the week, Ladbrokes bookies is offering odds of 2/1 that a new record is set for the coldest night of 2016 before next Sunday.

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And with just under a month to go until the big day, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow are looking the most likely cities to see a sprinkling of snow on December 25th, while it's a 4/1 shot for London.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: "Winter's coming and the odds are falling as quick as the temperature's dropping, leaving punters already dreaming of a White Christmas."

Meanwhile, Luke Mial at the Met Office told Metro that temperatures would start to drop on Sunday night, with Monday expected to be the coldest night of the week. It will be -5c or -6c in rural areas and -1c to -3c in towns and cities.

He said: "Monday won't feel particularly warm with temperatures struggling to hit single figures and clear skies will mean quite a cold night and possibly the coldest of the autumn so far in England and Wales.

"Tuesday will continue to feel cold so it's time to start wrapping up as we approach meteorological winter which starts on Thursday".

A statement from the Met Office for the middle of December to Monday 26th reads: "Unsettled weather may continue at first, especially in the north-west, before more generally settled conditions return as high pressure builds in more widely across the UK, as we approach the middle of December.

This will bring drier than average conditions for many areas with lighter winds and an increased risk of frost and fog, especially where skies remain clear overnight. Some unsettled spells are possible but these are likely to be fairly limited. As a result of the drier weather it is also likely to be colder than normal."

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