Britain braces for chilly weekend as temperatures plunge to -7C

Britons are set to have a wet weekend as cold, windy weather continue to batter the UK, bringing a possible 10cm of snow in some regions.

The mercury is likely to stay at mid single-digits over the weekend but there will be occasional sunshine, according to the Met Office.

Scotland and parts of Northern Ireland will be covered in 'pockets of snow' over hills along with some icy patches and showers on Saturday morning.

But as a second icy blast arrives around midnight, hill snow will also cover Wales, Northern England and maybe Midlands as well.

Brisk south-westerly winds will bring in a scattering of showers across much of the country, these frequent in the west, some heavy with hail and wintry on hills.


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BBC meteorologist Nick Miller said: "Some sunny spells for the start of the day.

"One batch of showers spreading north from east across England and Wales. Showers and wintry on hills on Northern Ireland and frequent showers over Northern Scotland.

"With some heavy downpours to lower levels and the hills, we could see heavy snow at times, so hill walkers take note.

"For many of us, it is looking quieter on Sunday so we will enjoy some drier, sunnier condition because fewer showers around.

"For the weekend, there will be some sunshine occasionally, it will be blustery, it will be wet at times and not all of us will see some rain and some snow on hills, and not always high hills."


Sunny spells and scattered blustery showers, heaviest and most frequent in southwest Scotland with snow over hills. Showers merging into a longer spell of rain across southern Britain during the morning. Feeling cold in the strong west to northwest winds.

Tonight:

Rain continuing across parts of southwest Scotland and turning more readily to snow. Rain moving northeast across England and Wales and probably turning to snow over hills in north.

Sunday:

Drier and brighter for many with lighter winds. However, further wet and windy weather will spread northeast during the afternoon across England and Wales.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

Further rain or showers across parts of Scotland and southern England, but a spell of drier, colder weather likely across central areas with a return to overnight frost and fog.

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