Weather patterns are to change in the second week of December which will bring a savage Artic “Beast from the East” with Siberian ice and snow which could hit within days.
December will experience sub-zero conditions through to the New Year and remote places will be even colder.
This weekend the UK will see the mercury reach double figures before Polar conditions hit, which could bring rare and dangerous “ice storms” from next month.
Meteorologist for British Weather Services, Jim Dale said, “The very cold weather over Russia is the doorway to a possible cold Beast from the East affecting Britain later in the year or early next year.
“It will remain in the east as we move towards Christmas, but if we see a sharp southwards movement of the jet stream, this cold air could end up being dragged in from the east.
“While we expect milder conditions in the run up to the festive season, all eyes are on that high pressure over Russia and the position of the jet stream.”
Dale added, “I expect this current cold weather to turn milder around Wednesday or Thursday.
“It is not out of the question that we will see a return to the cold and snow as we get to the final third of the month.
“But in terms of a more significant risk of snow and stormy winter conditions, this is something which will be more likely through January and February.”