BRITAIN is bracing for a Five-day FREEZE blasting from Iceland with 60mph winds, fog and snow from Sunday night warns Met Office.
Wintry temperatures will return with a bang as the UK sees the mercury plunge to -5C in some parts of the country, just in time for Christmas party season.
Chilly air from Iceland looms and will sweep across the country from this evening, remaining cold until midweek
Freezing fog is a possibility and snow could even blanket the hills of northern England.
And while temperatures should rise again on Thursday, “disruptive snowfall” then threatens to cause road and rail chaos.
Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “It turns colder on Sunday with air from Iceland, and it certainly looks cold until midweek in the East.
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“Widespread frosts and the chance of freezing fog are expected, with Monday morning down to -5C in Scotland and -3C in northern England.
“Gales or severe gales with gusts up to 60mph in the West are expected into the weekend, with further heavy rain – and snow in the North, mainly on hills.”
Yesterday parts of the country were submerged by flash floods as gale-force winds battered the country. Dozens of flood warnings and alerts were in place, but these have lessened today.
Dean Hall, a forecaster with the Met Office, told the Sun Online: “On Sunday it’s staying unsettled with more showers and rain, particularly first thing which could be accompanied by strong winds across the south.
“We could see strong gusts of wind.
“Through the day the showers will move away southwards and we will see cold north-westerly flow across the UK.
“It will be a day of sunshine and showers but will certainly feel colder.
“It will be a cold night going into Monday. There will be a sharp frost in northern and eastern parts with temperatures of -5 or -6 overnight when there are clear skies.”
Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending said: “Colder weather will arrive from the North, with East coasts prone to the odd wintry shower.
“There is a significant chance of disruptive snowfall as moister air arrives from the West from midweek.”
And despite the winds easing off slightly today, it will feel much colder this evening. Some areas could even see a frost forming as temperatures drop.
As temperatures fall next week, bookies have slashed the odds on every city in Britain seeing snow on Christmas Day.
Aberdeen is the most likely to see a White Christmas at 6/5 while London’s chances have been cut from 5/1 to 9/2.
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