BRITAIN will thaw in much-welcomed 11C warmth today as UK weather is briefly set to defrost – ahead of another deep chill this weekend.
Temperatures across the country will hit double figures on Thursday thanks to mild air sweeping in from balmy southern climes.
UK weather will see a welcome blast of warmer air from balmy southern climes today
Temperatures will hit double figures across the country today
The milder weather will bring overcast and wet conditions
But it’s not all good news – as Britain will be blanketed by overcast skies, meaning a grey day for many.
And some areas will see thicker cloud than others – leading to outbreaks of rain, especially in the West.
The latest forecast from Meteogroup UK said of today’s weather: “It will be grey and overcast with outbreaks of rain in the morning for many northern and eastern areas.
“In the afternoon it will be cloudy for most with rain for some north-western areas.
“However, eastern areas are likely to become bright at times.
“Moderate westerly winds, brisk in the North.”
Tonight will be a similar picture – with the overcast skies still looming – and causing some heavy downpours.
The forecast added: “It will be a cloudy start for most with rain for many north-western areas.
“However, a few clear spells are likely in the south.
“Later in the night, rain will become extensive and heavy at times across Scotland, turning to sleet and snow on high ground, especially in the North.”
But the mild weather is not set to last long ahead of another Arctic blast this weekend.
Forecasters say snow will strike Britain again as temperatures plummet drastically by Sunday.
The latest Met Office weather forecasts show strong winds on Sunday could even bring blizzards to the hills as gales batter the UK.
Friday’s reprieve will be short lived as freezing air blows back over the nation.
Met Office meteorologist Becky Mitchell told The Sun Online: “As colder air begins heading back across the UK, that means there will probably be hill snow in Scotland and on the Pennines where we could see a couple of centimetres.
“On Sunday that snow risk continues over the hills of Scotland and there are some very strong winds so we could see some blizzards over the hills.”
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The powerful winds will also blow in a deep freeze which will continue after Sunday night – when temperatures will plummet.
Becky added: “From there onwards the cold temperatures will continue into next week where we could see overnight lows of -10C again.”
The North and North West of England are most likely to see more snow this weekend and early into next week.
Analysis of weather charts by Wxcharts.eu show that snow could hound Britain for another fortnight.
Ladbrokes have meanwhile slashed odds on this being the coldest winter ever after the latest snowfall.
Sunshine breaking through the frosty fog in East Sussex yesterday. Britain will enjoy a welcome thaw today with mild temperatures across the country
A cross-country skier in the Scottish Highlands yesterday. Even here will see warmer temperatures today – but another cold blast is on the way
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