Maps show area in UK next week where cold blast is sweeping in

Snow is on the way: Maps show areas tipped to be hit in UK next week after Met Office confirms cold blast is sweeping in

  • The Met Office predicts a sudden stratospheric warning (SSW) event next week
  •  Temperatures could drop down to -8.5C in Scotland on Sunday night

Britain may find itself blanketed in snow next week as meteorologists predict a blizzard across the UK.

A sudden stratospheric warning (SSW) event is due to take place, with the first signs becoming evident this week, the Met Office has confirmed.

Climes could drop down to -8.5C on Sunday night in Tulloch Bridge, Scotland, while in England temperatures could hit their lowest point at Benson, Oxfordshire, at -6C, The Mirror reports.

Meteorologist Alex Deakin said: ‘This cold air coming in through the weekend is likely to last for most of next week. By the time we get to the following weekend, things turned a little bit milder.

‘But as you can imagine, by this stage, there is a lot of what we call spread. There’s still a lot of variation. but that’s a pretty strong signal that next week is likely to stay cold for much of the week.

A map showing the probability of snow (in purple) falling in the UK on Thursday, March 9

This teeters away by next Friday, with the highest chance of snowfall being in the Highlands

‘The big question mark is, as I say, whether we see any significant snowfall, whether we get any injection of moisture to combine with that snowfall. So here’s what we do know about next week.

The Met Office has warned snow could hit Britain in the coming weeks after temperatures plunged below freezing overnight.

Forecasters have issued a notice on a major Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) – a sharp increase in temperatures which causes a blocking of high pressure – for late February and early March.

And the forecaster has now warned of a possibility of snow and wind combining to cause disruption across the UK next month.

It came as the Northern Lights were spotted in the sky last night – and the Met said they are likely to be visible again tonight. Stunning images taken across the country showed a purple and pink sky around sunset.

And bookies slashed the odds on March being the coldest on record. 

Pictured on Sunday evening is the northern lights at Crosby Beach on the Merseyside coastline, north of Liverpool

Alex Apati from Ladbrokes told the Mirror: ‘The incoming Beast from the East has forced us to slash odds on next month playing host to the coldest March on record.’ 

The mercury was forecast to fall as low as -8C in Scotland overnight as temperatures drop to below average entering March. 

Northern and eastern coasts are expected to see the bulk of wintry conditions at the end of this week, before snow and rain is expected to move to the west. 

Today is starting off on a frosty note, especially across Scotland and parts of southern England, the Met Office said.

‘It will be dry for many but a few showers will move into eastern England, the Midlands and Wales at times,’ the forecaster added. 

The Met Office forecast for today says it will be cloudy with scattered light showers and a few brighter breaks. Western, and especially northwestern, areas will be sunniest.

The cloudy conditions will stay tomorrow with scattered showers in eastern and central areas. Frost will hit north west Scotland. 

Wednesday to Friday looks settled but still cloudy, the forecast says, and showers continue in the northern and eastern coastal areas. It will be cold with light winds. 

The Met Office forecast today – cold and windy conditions spread across Britain 

Read more: Northern Lights illuminate skies across UK

A coronal hole high speed stream arrived in Britain on Sunday night, combined with a rather fast coronal mass ejection, leading to the Aurora sightings across the UK.

‘The Aurora Borealis may be visible as far south as central England tonight where skies remain clear,’ the Met Office tweeted. ‘The Northern Lights are also likely to be seen again on Monday night.’

The Met Office tweeted a series of pictures taken by members of the public which captured the light phenomenon in North Uist in Scotland, North Wales, Cambridgeshire and Shropshire.

It encouraged users to upload pictures of any other sightings using the hashtag LoveUKWeather.

Royal Museums Greenwich explains on its website that the lights are caused by solar storms on the surface of the sun giving out clouds of electrically charged particles which can travel millions of miles and collide with the Earth.

Most particles are deflected away but some are captured in the Earth’s magnetic field and accelerate down towards the north and south poles, colliding with atoms and molecules in the Earth’s atmosphere, according to the observatory.

The lights are the product of this collision between atoms and molecules from the Earth’s atmosphere and particles from the sun.

In November last year, strong light displays were witnessed across Scotland.

A Met Office spokesperson said the rare sightings of the aurora borealis further south in the UK on Sunday night were due to the ‘strength’ of a geomagnetic storm and the ‘strip of cloudless skies’ in southern regions

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