Brits are set for bitterly coldweather in January with new maps showing snow flurries on their way for much of the country after what could be the warmest New Year’s Eve on record.
The unseasonably mild conditions will continue until the end of 2021 with some areas expected to see highs of 16C later this week, the Met Office said.
But that’s not the end of the chilly conditions this winter – there could be more snow on the way in January after a balmy News Year’s Eve .
It has been an unsettled December with storms, freezing temperatures and sudden mercury surges.
Now, maps from WXCharts show that the mercury is set to fall rapidly after the first week of January with sub zero temperatures that could drop as low as -4C for south east England and Scotland on January 10.
Similarly snow flurries are expected to start falling around January 7 in Scotland and it predicted to spread across the country reaching the south coast of England, Express reports.
Between January 8 and January 12, some regions, especially in the southeast, will see temperatures drop below zero.
The descent starts on January 9, with Scotland, the northeast and parts of the southeast seeing -1C.
By January 10, both Scotland and southeast England, including London, could see lows of -4C.
At the same time, a generous layer of snow will settle across the country.
The snow will follow a similar pattern, starting in Scotland around January 7.
A shower will gradually coat the country as it moves southeast.
Charts show the snow settling first in the high ground around Yorkshire before covering a broad area extending from Edinburgh to Brighton.
Snow will cover the country in a nearly straight line, skipping most of Wales and the southwest.
While a vast portion of the country could lie under the blanket by early January, it won’t prove disruptive.
Snow depth will stay negligible for the most part, reaching between 1cm and 3cm.
The highest totals should sit on the highest ground but won’t increase by much compared to the rest of the country.
Scotland’s peaks in the Cairngorms range could see around 5cm by the latter end of the WXCharts forecast on January 12.
Met Office meteorologist Craig Snell has said that temperatures are expected to return closer to normal for January after the mild late December.
“(After New Year’s Eve) there is a trend for temperatures to return nearer to normal”, he said.
“That’s not surprising as temperatures are way above average.”
He predicted colder temperatures and frost for England and Scotland after New Year.
Mr Snell added: “For this time of year, if we see any clearer slots at night then that does give some risk for frost, particularly across the northern half of the UK.”
Although it was officially a “white Christmas” with snow falling in small areas of the UK, the country is experiencing an unusually warm end to December.
Forecasters believe New Year’s Eve could be the warmest on record, with temperatures set to reach 15C in some parts of the country.
Met Office meteorologist Greg Dewhurst said: “The record is 14.8C on New Year’s Eve and that was in 2011.
“Temperatures look like they’ll be 14-15C so it is possible that temperatures could be that value.”
Mr Dewhurst said the weather throughout the week will be “on the mild side”.
He added: “We’re going to see across the whole of the country, through the rest of this week, temperatures that are above average for this time of year.
“The average temperature in the UK around this time of year should be around 7-8C.
“Going forward, we’re looking at highs of around 12-14C, possibly locally 15C in one or two spots, so it’s going to be well above average.”
UK forecast for the next 5 days
A spell of wet and windy weather for most areas, the rain clearing eastwards this afternoon, allowing sunny spells to develop from the west, except in far north and far south.
Becoming very mild except in the far north.
Cloud and rain in the south moving northwards across England and Wales, with an exceptionally mild night in store for southern parts.
Heavy showers will affect northwestern parts later. Windy.
Heavy showers clearing from Scotland, then many northern areas dry with sunny intervals.
Cloudier further south with outbreaks of rain and drizzle, mainly in western areas. Very mild again.
Outlook for Friday to Sunday:
Exceptionally mild at first. Unsettled with spells of rain and strong winds in dispersed with drier and brighter interludes.
Rain heaviest over southern Scotland. Becoming colder through Sunday.