Met Office warns when UK’s sub-zero arctic freeze and snow flurries will end

The Met Office has said there is growing confidence that milder weather will cross the UK by next week – potentially denting hopes of a white Christmas.

While the cold is set to remain until at least the end of the week, temperatures will start to increase for some areas from next week.

Met Office spokesman Nicola Maxey told Daily Express: "The weather will stay cold this week with daytime temperatures not getting much above freezing for many and a continued fog and ice risk.

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"This week we will see the greatest risk of snow and wintry showers around the northern eastern coasts, with inland areas seeing some brighter, sunnier weather at times.

"The cold weather will last into next weekend but there are indications that we will see temperatures rising as we go into next week with a return to milder weather from then."

This week, however, is expected to see more sleet and snow fall, with many places experiencing severe overnight frosts.

Matthew Lehnert, the Met Office chief meteorologist, said: "The cold conditions will remain in situ during this week."

He added: "In many places daytime temperatures will struggle to get above freezing, while overnight temperatures have the potential to drop below -10C in rural parts of Scotland."

Mr Lehnert added that severe weather warnings were in place for south-east England and northern Scotland, and that ice and snow would be a feature for many people.

He said: "By the end of the weekend there is a signal that we may see a shift in type away from the Arctic-dominated conditions with milder and wetter weather coming in from the Atlantic.

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"This transition could bring the risk of significant, but highly transient, snowfall before quickly turning to rain.

“While the freezing conditions remain, drivers especially are reminded that freezing fog, snow and other wintry hazards will continue to create difficult conditions in places this week."

From this Saturday to Boxing Day, the forecaster's long range forecast says: "Cold conditions are still expected at the start of this period, with wintry showers in places, most frequent in the north and west.

"Drier further south-east with some sunshine, but also hard overnight frosts. However, a change to milder and more unsettled weather is soon expected, probably during the first Sunday, as an area of cloud, rain and strong wind sweeps across much of the UK, with a period of snow on its leading edge for many regions."

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