The so-called ‘Polar Blast’ of cold weather which looks set to plunge Britain down to -10C temperatures by Friday has already claimed the lives of over 20 people during its progress across Europe. Dozens of flights have been cancelled across the EU, with temperatures reaching as low as -40C in some countries.
A Met Office forecaster said: ‘Cold air will move across the UK from the north towards the weekend when we will be in a Polar maritime airmass. “From Friday we could see snow in many places, showers are more likely to be snow than rain. ‘Next weekend we could be into minus double figures overnight, so a big change in the weather on the way and possibly the coldest spell of winter so far.”
‘It’ll be windy with coastal gales, and turning colder with frosts likely overnight. Conditions are expected to stay unsettled through the weekend, with areas of cloud and rain pushing west to east across the country, interspersed with brighter, showery spells. It will stay windy, with a risk of gales in the north-west.’