Snow to hit parts of UK this week as Brits set for bone-chilling 1C temperatures

Parts of the UK could be hit with snow as temperatures drop to as cold as 1C later this week.

Before the big freeze, the country will first be battered with heavy rain on Wednesday.

The Met Office has issued weather warnings for downpours in Scotland until 3pm, with other parts of the country also set for a soaking.

Chilly northern winds on Wednesday evening could plunge temperatures as low as 1C with forecasters warning it will feel more like sub zero conditions, Mirror Online reports.

BBC weather forecaster Louise Lear has already warned that winter showers are likely to leave high grounds coated in snow by the end of the week.

Met Office forecaster Alex Deakin said: "It is going to turn much colder over the next 24 to 48 hours, Thursday particularly cold thanks to some strong winds.

"On Wednesday it will be a wetter day across Wales, western parts of England and Northern Ireland, all these areas starting pretty soggy in the morning.

"The rain still falling in western Scotland at this stage and continued risk of flooding and travel disruption.

"Much of eastern England and the Midlands will start dry but some showery rain will drift in here by lunchtime and then it turns wetter through the afternoon."

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Before a cold front moves in later in the day, England will experience unseasonable highs of up to 17C on Wednesday.

But temperatures will then fall soon after as winter makes an early appearance.

Mr Deakin said: "It will be turning colder everywhere because a weather front takes its rain across East Anglia and the south east in the evening.

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"Another weather front starts to pep up in northern Scotland so there will be quite a bit of heavy rain here.

"Strong northerly winds will get very gusty on Wednesday night, and those winds will bring a real chill to Thursday.

"Over the hills we will see snow showers but even at lower levels sleet, hail and snow is possible.

"You will notice that different feel, it's going to feel an awful lot colder. Quite a shock to the system."

MET OFFICE OUTLOOK

Wednesday:

Rain moving eastwards across most parts. Brighter but colder weather following with showers, mostly in the north and west. Windy, with coastal gales in the north and west.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

Generally unsettled, becoming colder. Showers in the north, wintry in northern Scotland. Remaining windy. Bands of rain spreading from the west on Friday. Colder with sunshine and showers on Saturday.

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