Forecasters have said that snow could hit southern parts of England as the mercury plummets to -10C and there will be at least seven days of Arctic weather with wintry downpours and “freezing fog.”
Until Monday the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) sent out a Level 3 cold weather alert and th Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for ice and snow in parts of the UK within days.
In Benson, south Oxfordshire the mercury fell to as low as minus 9C as there is an airmass coming in from the north feeding cold conditions.
Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said, “The outlook for the UK remains cold at least for the next seven days, with the potential for this to continue even longer.
“At the moment the air mass which is feeding the cold conditions is coming from a northerly direction, even with an Arctic influence.
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“However, this air mass is also relatively drier so most of the precipitation is in the form of showers rather than continuous like you would get with a weather front.
“This has the benefit of bringing quite clear and bright conditions by day for many.
“Along with the cold air there are a number of weather-related hazards including freezing fog, especially for Sunday and Monday mornings in the south of England.
“Overnight temperatures are likely to dip widely below zero with some more sheltered spots dropping to minus 10C.
“Our forecasters are looking at the possibility of snow affecting the south east of England on Sunday night and into Monday morning.
“If this happens it could bring some disruption to Monday’s rush hour.”