Bitter -4C cold snap to freeze Brits after UK swept by 70mph strong gales

Parts of the UK will plummet back below freezing this week after Tuesday's balmy weather.

Over the next few days, there will be little sign of spring as far as the temperature is concerned, not least in large parts of the Scottish Highlands where a chill of -4C is forecasted for Friday.

The is due to a cold snap of air reaching the UK having moved across the Atlantic, the Express reports.

Wintry showers are expected towards the north of Scotland in particular on Friday and the region will not be warming up any time soon either, according to graphs from WXCharts.

Right into next week, these low temperatures will remain for large parts of Scotland while the North of England will also fall to close to freezing on March 12.

The almost icy temperatures felt across Britain as a whole over the coming days will be -4C – below what is expected at this time of year and -6C below normal levels for the South and South-West of England on Friday.

Commenting on the weather going forward, the BBC weather meteorologist Ben Rich said: "A hook of cloud across the Atlantic is being picked up by a strong jet stream.

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"It turns into an area of low pressure and will bring strong winds from Wednesday night into Thursday.

"There will be spells of rain and wind.

"Going through Tuesday night, the strong wind will stagger across the South East.

"Wednesday is going to bring some wet weather to start off with across England and Wales."

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for gales for the whole of England and Wales lasting from Wednesday night until Thursday afternoon.

Chances of sleet, hail and rain are likely on Saturday as temperatures for large parts of Scotland will once again fall to close to -5C according to the weather graphs which show for most of the South of England, the mercury will struggle to hit double digits.

The Met Office's outlook between Thursday to Saturday says: "Unsettled with showers or longer spells of rain.

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"The showers heavy at times with hail and thunder, and wintry over northern hills.

"Windy, although gales across the south should ease."

However, looking ahead into next week the forecaster has predicted an improvement in weather conditions.

Once the heavy band of Atlantic weather clears, the Met Office states there be an increased chance of drier weather for many across the UK between March 14-23.

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