Britain braces itself for ‘twin Arctic attacks and first snow of winter’

Brits have been warned to wrap up warm this week as twin ‘Arctic attacks’ bring England its first snow of the winter.

Temperatures are set to plummet to a bitter -7C overnight as the 800-mile-wide cold fronts blow over in quick succession. Forecasters expect the first to hit as soon as Friday, blanketing the hills in northern areas with snow. Aidan McGivern, from the Met Office, said: “With winds coming from the north or north-west later in the week, it will turn colder with frosts by night and some showers will turn to snow over hills in the north.”

Following a rainy and blustery start to the week, daytime temperatures will plunge to a chilly 9C in the north and hover around 0C at night. Southerners will fare slightly better, with the mercury just scraping double figures during the day. Then after a milder start to next week, a colder second freeze is on its way from November 28 and expected to last several days.

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Meteorologist Brian Gaze, of The Weather Outlook, said: “Forecast models show a potent polar plunge, with colder conditions, and hints of cold continuing into the first half of December.” Frigid -7C lows are predicted in Scotland, with sub-zero temperatures spreading into northern England. The south is expected to be warmer during the day, but will drop to around freezing overnight.

Conditions will remain wet and windy as festive shoppers take to the streets in the run-up to December 25, a BBC forecaster warned. It follows the stormiest start to the autumn since 2015.

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He said: “There are likely to be a couple of quick shots of colder air giving some wintry showers in the North. Unsettled weather will continue through the rest of November, with some very wet and windy days. And in December, all areas are likely to see above-average rainfall and some strong winds, which could run the risk of becoming disruptive a couple of times.”

Last night bookies Coral cut the odds of a White Christmas to 6/4 in Glasgow, 2/1 in Manchester and 3/1 in London. Spokesman John Hill said: “Punters believe it'll be all white on the big day.”

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