UK weather: Britain colder than the Arctic

Freezing temperatures to hit UK again next week after wet and cloudy weekend

Winter weather Dec 29th 2016

Weather forecasters have predicted freezing days ahead for Britain as January brings Arctic temperatures for many parts of the country after a brief respite this weekend.

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South Newington in Oxfordshire saw overnight temperatures of -7C this week, compared to the Norwegian city of Tromso where it was -1.4C.

Met Office forecaster Emma Sharples told MailOnline that after this week's cold snap, there will be temperatures of 10C in the West this weekend, before the freezing weather returns next week from Wednesday.

The Met Office says today (Saturday) will be "cloudy and rather murky but dry for most, though some rain will fall in the far South-west."

Forecasters add there will be some brightness in the North, particularly in eastern Scotland and it will feel chilly under the cloud. Light rain could affect some Western parts on Saturday night and a few fog patches are expected in the East.

The Met Office says Sunday will be mostly cloudy and dull with some drizzle at times over western hills. Some breaks are likely in the East, especially across eastern Scotland. It will feel chilly.

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Meanwhile, Monday will be wet and windy, particularly in Scotland, where gales are likely. Forecasters add: "It will stay windy on Tuesday and Wednesday, though rain will be lighter and less widespread."

According to the Mirror, Britons are being warned that snow could hit late next week as the Arctic region brings cold winds.

Meanwhile, Coral is offering odds of 4-1 that rain records are beaten this month, with spokeswoman Nicola McGeady saying: "The latest betting suggests that the freezing temperatures will be washed away by torrential rain early next week which has left us running for shelter as bets flood in on the wettest winter on record."

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