The UK Health and Security Agency issuing a cold weather alert which comes as the Met Office has warned many parts of England and Wales could see extreme icy conditions as temperatures could plummet to minus five.
Met Office are warning that “wintry showers” could fall on frozen areas leading to icy roads and pavements which could lead to people slipping and possibly injuring themselves.
The Arctic air is moving in and this week parts of London will see temperatures fall to minus three and the Met Office has issued a yellow warning for England’s east coast, the south west, the south, the north, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Forecaster Oli Claydon said, “Day to day we are in cold conditions already with that north-easterly flow, but conditions are set to get colder through the week, with the worst showers across northern Scotland but also bringing much colder conditions across all the UK.
“Overnight lows of minus 10 to minus 11 (12.2F) in areas where we do get snow in those rural parts of Scotland, with temperatures down to minus six (21.2F) in rural England.
“Cold conditions to remain through the weekend. Signs of warmer weather moving in from the southwest from Tuesday next week.
“But the signs are that the cold weather will hold in the north of the UK, so there will be a split between north and south.”
⚠️ Yellow weather warning updated⚠️
Ice across Northern Ireland, Wales, western and southwestern England
Wednesday 1700 – Thursday 1800
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— Met Office (@metoffice) December 7, 2022
People are being told to expect snow showers and ice which will cause some travel disruption and the warnings will remain in place until Thursday, but it will remain cold until next week.
The Met Office said, “Frequent wintry showers are likely to fall on frozen surfaces in places, leading to the formation of icy patches.
“These showers are likely to fall as snow on high ground, with the potential for several centimetres to accumulate over parts of southern Scotland, Northeast England, N Wales, the North York Moors and Northern Ireland.”