BRITAIN is set to remain dry for the next three days – before heavy rain and some snow sets in.
The white stuff is predicted for parts of the UK from Thursday as an arctic pulse sends January temperatures plummeting.
Victoria Park in east London stayed dry over the weekend as temperatures dipped below freezing[/caption]
Flurries of snow are expected in the north later this week[/caption]
The mercury plunged as low as -7C on Friday in what has been one of the coldest weeks this winter.
And experts predict Scotland and the Northeast of England could see snow from Thursday, January 27.
John Hammond, chief meteorologist for Weathertrending, said a quick blast of arctic air is headed for the UK this week.
The forecaster added Brits could be in for a more turbulent February, with a mix of wet, and windy weather with even more early signs of snow.
Mr Hammond told The Sun: “Briefly on Thursday a pulse of Arctic air will clip some northern and eastern areas, bringing some wintry showers to the Scottish mountains and perhaps the highest parts of northern England.”
Until then, things will stay cloudy and cold in the south on Monday while Northeast England, eastern Scotland and Northern Ireland are set to feel brighter and milder.
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The weather will be mostly cloudy from Tuesday, with rain and showers moving southwards on Thursday.
According to John Hammond, there are signs of “a more lively start to February”.
He said: “It looks wetter and windier at times than for much of the previous month.
“We may see colder weather start to make more definite inroads from the north through the early days of the new month, turning some of that rain to snow.”
The Met Office has said there could be more snow flurries within the fortnight.
And the UK Health and Security Agency is alerting people in central and southern England to watch out for their vulnerable neighbours during this week’s big freeze.
The long-range forecast for February 3 to 17 reveals: “Early February is likely to see a north/south split with more settled and cloudy weather expected in the south.
“There is an increased likelihood of more unsettled conditions becoming established.
“Temperatures are likely to be near or slightly above average although short-lived colder interludes are possible.”
Forecaster Clare Nasir said: “There will be Arctic air streaming down from the north delivering snow showers, particularly in the far north-east of the country.”
Meanwhile, WXCharts says there’s a stern chance for snow in northern parts of Scotland throughout next week.
WINTER BITES BACK
Areas in the north will be hardest hit by any snowfall this week.
But ahead of that, skies will likely be clear and the chill is here to stay.
Meteorologist Alex Deakin said plenty of Brits will see frost over the weekend: “most of us are not going to see much rain this weekend and some pockets of frost will be seen across the east.”
However, the bitter chill may not last for much longer.
Some weather models are suggesting signals for cold next month are getting weaker.
It means that if the high pressure continues, there could be some balmier weather on the way.
Emphasising that the forecast isn’t clear enough yet to make an accurate prediction, Brian Gaze of The Weather Outlook said: “I wonder if we could have an early taste of spring?”
A cyclist makes his way through a frosty Richmond Park earlier this week[/caption]
Snow is predicted for the Northeast and Scotland this week[/caption]