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BBC Weather: UK turns into ‘battleground’ as Arctic air engulfs country with lasting chill

UK Weather: Met Office forecast frost and drizzle

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BBC Weather forecaster Sarah Keith-Lucas said conditions are likely to grow more unsettled as the week develops due to the conflicting fronts battling for dominance. The bout of cold weather the UK has been experiencing will continue for most of the week as the Arctic front remains in charge across the north while the southwest could see temperatures rise with the arrival of Atlantic air. The meteorologist noted the unsettled weather could also lead to “snow and sleet” towards Christmas.

Ms Keith-Lucas said: “It’s going to feel quite chilly, 2C in Aberdeen. We could just about again touch double figures in the far southwest.

“The week ahead looks like high pressure will gradually ease away towards the east.

“We’ll see a cold front for a time working in from the north but then it’s all eyes to the Atlantic from about the middle of the week, Thursday, towards Friday.

“We’ll see weather fronts trying to push in from the Atlantic.”

The BBC Weather forecaster continued: “So we’ve got that battleground, really.

“Cold air with us for much of the week for the north, heading towards Christmas Eve, potentially, something a little bit milder for the southwest.

“As those weather air masses collide, we’ll start to see something a little bit more unsettled.

“Certainly, the next few days, largely dry, some overnight frost. In the run-up to Christmas, we could see things turning a little bit more unsettled but don’t take these symbols too seriously because we could perhaps see some sleet and snow, potentially turning into rain.”

UK Weather: Met Office forecast frost and drizzle

Weather maps from WXCharts have shown an increasing chance of snow for most of the country towards the Christmas weekend.

Northern Scotland could take the brunt of the snowy front, with some areas facing up to 70 percent possibility of seeing some of the white stuff.

And temperatures will remain frosty for most of the week.

Meteorologist Alan Reppert from AccuWeather.com told Express.co.uk: “We will see the threat for frost limited to Scotland on Monday morning.

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“However, things become more widespread on Tuesday morning and even more widespread on Wednesday morning.

“Wednesday looks to get frost even into the outskirts of London with temperatures near 0C for much of the UK.”

Met Office forecaster Dan Rudman said: “There is still a lot of uncertainty in the forecast for the Christmas period.

“Whilst there is certainly a risk of wintry conditions for many places, other outcomes are still possible such as warmer air to move across the UK bringing rain widely with any potential snow being restricted to higher ground and the far north.

“We will continue to keep an eye on developments over the coming days and update as the level of certainty increases.”

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