Forecasters have said the UK has high chances of snow falling this month in parts of the UK and the “coldest part of the year” is far from over.
Met Office spokesperson Richard Miles told Metro.co.uk, “High pressure is in charge over the UK, and a cold front moving south yesterday has preceded the influence of a northerly air mass.
‘This will bring below average temperatures for many today, particularly in the south of the UK, but largely clear skies will mean it still feels quite pleasant for most areas.
‘Tonight will bring a widespread sharp frost and some places might see their coldest night of 2022 so far, but as temperatures have so far been largely mild this isn’t too extraordinary!
‘The picture remains similar for the next few days although cloud will be increasing from the north and west which will keep temperatures higher overnight.’
Senior meteorologist at British Weather Services Jim Dale warned that “winter is not over,” as the “coldest parts of the year” are to come.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said, “As we get towards the end of the month – the coldest on average parts of the year – what we’re seeing is the high pressure pulling away south and west, allowing a north-easterly air stream to come in.
“That may well start to bring some snow events towards the latter stages of the month”
He added, “So how far that actually comes in, and whether or not we get a proper plunge, depends on a little battle going on – does it end up in Denmark, Germany or does the thrust come across and affect the eastern parts of the UK and down to the London area.
“But I’d say at the moment that winter is not over, make that absolutely clear.
“We’re only halfway through and the coldest part of the year is normally reserved for the end of January and February.
“So there’s plenty to play for. ”
The UK Health and Security Agency has urged the public to check that their neighbours are safe.
Agostinho Sousa, a consultant at the UKHSA said, “Cold weather can have a serious impact on health, particularly for older people and those with heart and lung problems, as it increases the risks of heart attacks, strokes and chest infections.
“Remind vulnerable relatives and neighbours to heat their home to at least 18C, particularly if they have reduced mobility, are 65 or older, or have a health condition.
“Should they need to go outside, it’s important for them to wear shoes with a good grip.”