UK weather forecast: Arctic air to strike as Britain braces for -2C temperatures this week

Temperatures are forecast to plunge down to as low as -2C on Thursday, according to WX Charts. The Met Office has a yellow weather warning for rain on Wednesday covering areas in Scotland.

Rainfall could reach 150-200mm in a few locations in Scotland as the heavy downpours continue to drench parts of the UK.

The Met Office said: “Rain will persist throughout Tuesday and into Wednesday, turning heavy at times, with heaviest rainfall over high ground.

“By Wednesday afternoon 50-100 mm of rain will fall widely with 150-200 mm possible in a few locations over high ground.”

The Met Office explained that some transport services will be affected “with journey times taking longer”.

It added: “There is a small chance that some communities become cut off by flooded roads.”

Wednesday is expected to start “pretty soggy” as a band of rain sweeps across the country.

Alex Deakin, Met Office meteorologist, said: “It will be a wetter day across Wales, western parts of England, Northern Ireland. All these areas starting pretty soggy in the morning.”

He added: “Much of eastern England and the Midlands will start dry but some showery rain will drift in here by lunchtime and then it turns wetter through the afternoon as a band of rain swings through.”

Mr Deakin said this weather front is important because “it will be bringing a colder feel come the afternoon”.

He said Wednesday will start in the double figures but the cold front will bring falling temperatures.

After Wednesday’s torrential downpours, Thursday will be a very chilly day as temperatures start to plunge.

Mr Deakin said: “It is going to turn much colder over the next 24 to 48 hours.

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“Thursday particularly cold thanks to some strong winds.”

The Arctic blast will come with “vicious” northerly winds during Wednesday evening.

Jo Farrow, Netweather forecaster, said: “As the true colder air moves down from the Arctic there will be a vicious northerly wind during Wednesday night over northern and western Scotland, down into Northern Ireland and gales through the Irish Sea.

“There will be heavy, thundery showers with hail and then sleet and hill snow.

“The strong north winds then extend down eastern Scotland as overnight temperatures plummet inland.”

By Thursday morning it will feel considerably cooler for most of the UK with chances of snow overnight.

Ms Farrow said: “There will have been snow overnight for the Scottish mountains in the north and snow showers continue to feed in as the north winds ease down during Thursday.

“Showers will clip Wales and eastern England, some with an iciness to them.”

From Thursday evening another Atlantic front is set to sweep in bringing more rain.

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