BBC Weather: Temperatures plunge to -5C as UK on track for freezing start to December

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The BBC Weather meteorologist said the weather will be settled on misty but temperatures will slowly build up from the -5C lows Scotland experienced in the early hours of Sunday. Forecaster Louise Lear said a thick cloud will be in charge over most of the country but some sunshine will be possible in some spots as the day develops. Ms Lear said: “At least that’s where the best of the sunshine is likely to be, in the northeast of Scotland.

“Elsewhere it stays pretty grey, maybe the odd spot or two of drizzle coming out of that thicker cloud in places.

“By the middle of the day, we might see some brighter skies across Wales and southwest England, if you’re lucky enough. But temperatures on the mild side, really. We’ve lost that cold, frosty feeling, 8C to 12C the high.

“As we go through the night, again we keep that cloud with us so a mild one but there’s a weather front starting to push into the northwest and that’s going to bring some cloud and some rain as we go through the night.

“It means along western fringes, temperatures will hold up between 7C degrees but, generally, it’s not going to be a cold night with all the cloud around.”

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Conditions will remain settled on Monday, with grey cloud still in charge and some rainy bands slowly moving eastwards through the day.

The BBC Weather meteorologist said the temperatures will start to climb down on Monday evening, with frost likely to return in the early hours of Tuesday.

She continued: “That means we’re going to start off on Monday with some rain. That will spread its way slowly south and east, it will weaken as it moves down towards the southeast corner.

“So the heaviest of the rain across western fringes, then it moves its way into northwest England, north Wales, down through the Midlands, arriving into the London area by the end of the day, but as I say, fairly light and patchy.

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“As we move out of Monday into Tuesday, we see the weather front dive steadily southwards and the winds are going to change again into a northerly direction, which means we are going to see some cold air for a time starting to kick in across the country.”

Ms Lear said low pressure will be in charge from Wednesday morning, with only parts of Wales and Cornwall escaping the first push of the colder front.

And the Met Office has warned it will grow significantly colder as we approach December and winter gets underway.

Britons could see daily temperatures fail to reach past 4C and thermometers are expected to drop as low as 0C in parts of central Scotland by the end of the week.


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Parts of east Wales have also been told to wrap up warm as Friday comes along with lows of 2C, which are set to rise to 3C in the Midlands and hover between 2C and 3C across the north of England.

In its long-range forecast for December 3 to December 12, the Met Office said: “High pressure and generally settled weather will likely give way to wetter, and at times windier, conditions through the first week of December.

“Outbreaks of rain are likely in most areas, notably northern areas at first, and perhaps more southern areas into the weekend. Gales may also develop, these most likely for exposed western areas.

“Later in the period, it may well turn more settled, though colder, with a return of night frost and fog. Some showers are likely too, these perhaps wintry at times in the north.

“Temperatures may start off near normal, though often feeling colder in windier and wetter spells. Below normal temperatures are then slightly more likely for later in the period.”

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