Weather forecasters have identified a bitter cold front headed for the UK, with a “volatile” weather pattern bringing wintry conditions in the coming week.
The country’s weather fortunes have transformed over the last month, with unseasonable warmth giving way to Storm Babet, a vicious system of wind and rain that has destroyed buildings and taken lives.
Now, Britons must reckon with a merciless temperature drop set to whittle away at any remaining warmth, replacing it with snow.
Meteorologists have identified a “polar” front moving in at the end of October and into the first few days of November.
The cold front could end up pushing the mercury far below zero, they have warned, down to -6C in some areas.
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Speaking to Express.co.uk, Jim Dale, senior meteorologist at British Weather Services, said “early indications” for November show potential snow over high ground in Scotland.
He said: “There are early indications of colder/polar weather moving in early Nov, at least temporarily.
“If it confirms, then snow in the Highlands, Grampians, southern Uplands, Snowdonia and the Pennine tops is perfectly possible.”
If that polar air “digs in”, the forecaster added, northern parts of the UK could see temperatures reach -6C.
He said: “At the same time, high winds and then freezing temps may well then ensue as the polar air digs in, the icy conditions being mainly for northern parts of the UK – perhaps a -6C or so for the glens.”
While they constitute a dramatic change, Mr Dale added these harsh temperatures would only last “for a day or so”.
But they could also indicate a taste of what is to come for the country this winter, he said. Mr Dale continued: “As I say, it’s some way off yet but it is a clear sign of low-pressure volatility for the UK and a very early wintry sign of what’s to come.
“Climate change does not mean we won’t see a spell of hazardous wintry weather. Indeed I expect we will see a number of such occasions going forward.”
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The Met Office long-range forecast hints towards a colder spell, but does not explicitly forecast any snow, and wouldn’t likely do so due to the length of time in which weather patterns could change.
Looking into next month, from November 6 to 20 it says: “Further into November, increasing spells of settled dry weather are a little more likely than before, especially in the north, and should these occur, winds could come from a more easterly direction, which could bring lower-than-average temperatures, but only a low risk for now.”
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