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UK weather: Brits to feel the freeze as 45mph ‘gale force’ winds to bring bitter plunge


The Met Office says Britain can expect winds of up to 45mph later this week, which will make conditions feel much colder than they are. A spokesman from the Met Office told Express.co.uk: “In the north we are likely to see winds reaching gale force, so kind of 40, 45 mph, possibly even more than that in a few spots.”

When asked how this could make the UK feel even colder than it was, he responded by saying: “In the south, for example, adding on the wind it will probably be about 4 or 5C and then in the north we are probably looking at just above freezing, so 1 or 2C.

The spokesman added: “This week coming up will certainly be colder than what we’ve probably experienced for most of this month.”

Despite the chilly and “miserable” conditions later this week, the spokesman was keen to stress temperatures are to drop to a level expected for this time of year.

He said: “The main thing is that it’s been so mild over the last few weeks even going back to where we should be for the time of year will feel cold.”

Temperatures are expected to drop to as low as 8 degrees in the south and 5 degrees in the north as the week progresses.

However, the strength of the winds will give the feeling temperatures are “nearer to freezing in the north of the UK”.

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He added: “I think people will be raiding their wardrobes for their bigger coats, especially as we end the week.”

By the end of the week, most of the UK is also expected to experience some rainfall.

The Met Office spokesman told Express.co.uk this will start in the north of England on Thursday before heading towards the south east on Friday.

When asked if this could lead to issues with ice, he said: “I think as we head towards the end of the week, across the northern half of the UK, we may well see some risk of some patchy ice at lower levels.”

However, in the first few days of the week, many Brits can expect “settled” weather, which will include sunshine for many.

Those in the south could even see temperatures remain in double-figures.

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Carl Erickson, senior meteorologist at AccuWeather, also told Express.co.uk Brits can expect a colder week, especially on Wednesday and Thursday.

He said: “The week ahead will feature a cold weather pattern with overnight lows in the lower single digits Celsius common across the UK, with overnight lows dropping between 0 and -5 Celsius in the north of the country.”

Mr Erickson added: “The winds will make it feel like it’s closer to freezing during the day Wednesday and Thursday across the northern half of Britain into Scotland and between 0 and 5 degrees Celsius elsewhere.

“Wednesday and Thursday nights, it will feel like it’s a few degrees below freezing across southern Britain and as cold as -5 Celsius across the north of the country.”

AccuWeather’s meteorologist explained the UK will also have “rainy spells on Friday as a cold front moves through” but he also claimed “we do not anticipate ice warnings”.

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Erickson advises Brits to “dress in layers and make sure to take a blanket or warm clothes when traveling in the car”.

For drivers on Friday he added: “Allow yourself extra time when driving as rainfall can reduce visibility and make roads slick.

“Make sure to leave enough space between you and the driver in front of you as there will be a risk of hydroplaning.”

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