Freezing conditions and snow to hit London as UK could see coldest weather of 2023
ondon is set for freezing conditions and even light snow this week – while the UK could see its coldest weather so far this year.
Yellow warnings for snow have been issued across part of northern England and Scotland, where the Met Office warns temperatures could reach below as -10C, and 10cm of snow could fall.
In the capital, the Met Office forecasts a maximum temperature of 8C on Monday, with lows of 2C.
The mercury is then set to drop to a low of 0C on Wednesday, when Londoners are warned of a “very cold start” and temperatures could feel more like -3C.
Wednesday is forecast to bring periods of rain, sleet and light snow, before turning milder with rain and stronger winds on Thursday and Friday.
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has issued a cold weather alert and has placed north-east England, north-west England and Yorkshire under a level three alert, with the rest of England at level two.
A level three alert means there is a 90 per cent chance of severely cold weather, icy conditions or heavy snow, which could increase the health risk to vulnerable patients, the NHS said.
All areas are under alert between 1am on Monday and midnight on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the Met Office has issued yellow warnings for snow and ice across Scotland and England’s north east coast as Arctic air moves over the country and down to northern England, possibly leading to the coldest temperatures of the year so far.
The Met Office said temperatures could drop below -10C on Monday night on higher ground in northern Scotland, with northerly winds making it feel even colder.
The wintry conditions could lead to up to 10cm of snow on higher ground in Scotland and 5cm at lower levels.
The Met Office warns the cold weather could disrupt travel, with “some roads and railways likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services”.
From midnight on Sunday, the yellow warnings of snow and ice spread to north-western England and north-eastern Scotland, and creep further down the east coast as far as Hull on Tuesday.
Meteorologist Honor Criswick said: “We are expecting a few more snow shower outbreaks into this evening and seeing a bit more snowfall early on, which is why the warning was brought forward.
“We are expecting pretty cold conditions and snow showers over the next few days across Scotland and northern parts of England.
“Temperature wise, we could possibly see lows of minus 10C in the sheltered glens and higher ground across northern Scotland on Monday night, so it’s going to be feeling quite cold and the breeze is picking up a little bit so will be feeling rather chilly.
“Potentially we could see some of the coldest temperatures so far this year. The lowest we have seen was in January at minus 10.4C, so we could see something turn lower than that.
“We are expecting between 5cm and 10cm of snow across higher ground, so if we see more accumulations on lower ground of between 2cm and 5cm we could see some travel disruption on Monday into Tuesday.”
Areas affected by the warnings could experience power outages, delays to road, rail and air travel, icy surfaces and some rural communities may be cut off by the freezing conditions.
Dr Agostinho Sousa, head of extreme events and health protection at UKHSA, said: “During periods like this, it is important to check in on family, friends and relatives who may be more vulnerable to the cold weather, as it can have a serious impact on health.
“If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over the age of 65, it is important to try and heat your home to at least 18C if you can.”