Winter’s bowing out... with a freezing, snowy sting in its tail
SPRING may have begun – meteorologically at least – but forecasters are warning of wintry showers and freezing temperatures across Britain next week.
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) issued a cold weather alert ahead of very chilly air spreading across the UK from Monday – bringing snow and a risk of ice.
Yellow weather warnings are in place from early Monday to late Tuesday across northern Scotland and north-east England. The Yorkshire and Humber area is also covered by a yellow weather warning on Tuesday.
Temperatures are set to plummet across the whole country at the start of next week with lows of -3C (26.6F) in Scotland and -2C (28.4F) expected in the north-west and east of England. High ground in northern Scotland can expect the most snow, with a possibility of 5-10 cm (around 2in-4in), but it is also likely in low areas. From Wednesday there will be a growing chance of snow further south into England.
The Met Office has warned of travel disruption in the affected areas by snow, with roads and railways likely to be icy. The UKHSA is encouraging people to stay warm and look out for those most at risk. While meteorological spring began on Wednesday, astronomical spring starts on March 20.