Snow and sleet on the way as temperatures plunge to -5 across UK

Snow and sleet on the way as temperatures plunge as low as -5 across UK

Temperatures are set to drop over the next few days

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Forecasters have warned that temperatures over the next few days will be up to 5°C colder than usually expected at this time of year.

Snow and sleet is likely to arrive, with yellow warnings for ice in in parts of Wales, Scotland, south-west England and Northern Ireland, The Telegraph reported.

Widespread frost is expected over the weekend along with showers, while 5-6cm of snow is expected to arrive in the Grampians on Sunday.

Temperatures are expected to start dropping on Thursday (February 9). A spokeswoman for the Met Office said: "For example, in London it should be 2-3°C above freezing at night and over the weekend it is expected to be minus 1°C. That is 4-5°C below average."

However other parts of the UK could see temperatures between minus 3°C and minus 4°C.

The Met Office have said the cold weather is due to eastern winds from Scandinavia. 

Age UK have also warned older people to take precautions to stay “safe and well.”