Parts of the UK will be hit with an Arctic blast with temperatures plummeting to -4C in some areas of the country as the Met Office predicts a period of “uncertainty” ahead
New cold weather maps show that Britain is bracing for an icy -4C Arctic blast next week, with an “uncertain” period ahead.
The latest weather maps on WX Charts, compiled using data from the Metdesk, show that next Friday, February 16, temperatures in northern Scotland, specifically the central belt of Scotland, as well as the Highlands, will be between -4C and -2C over on Scotland’s east coast. The south of Scotland and the north of England will also experience sub-zero temperatures.
It comes as the Met Office predicts a period of “uncertain” weather blasting into the UK in the coming days and weeks. A yellow weather warning for snow and ice from the forecaster stretching from the Orkney Isles down to Stirling comes into effect this evening and remains in force until 6pm on Saturday.
A separate yellow warning for snow came into effect at 12pm on Thursday and will remain in place until 3pm on Friday. That warning covers most of the central belt and parts of the Scottish Borders but also extends north, merging with the other weather warning.
Traffic Scotland said on X, formerly known as Twitter, that the Cairn o’Mount snow gates in Aberdeenshire has been closed. Train operator Scotrail announced on X that it intends to run most services as normal, with the only changes taking place on its West Highland Line. Ferry operator Calmac has announced several delays and cancellations due to the adverse weather.
Meanwhile, the Met Office has removed warnings in force in other parts of the UK though flood warnings and alerts remain in place in many areas. There are 81 flood warnings in place, mostly in the South and Midlands, with just a few in the North, while 294 less severe flood alerts are also in place in England and 19 flood alerts are in force in Wales. The number of warnings is subject to change as the UK Government’s online flood system is updated regularly. Dozens of schools were closed on Thursday in northern England and North Wales and travel disruption was reported throughout the day as amber weather warnings were issued.
Met Office operational meteorologist Dan Stroud previously said temperatures in the early hours of Thursday reached a low of minus 13.8C in Altnaharra, in the Scottish Highlands, while Exeter reached a high of 13.6C later in the day. He said: “We’ve still got rain and many have snow making its way northwards, we have got further weather warnings in force. Temperatures are recovering a little, across the far south it’s generally mild. We’ve got a second band of cloud and rain moving northwards, it makes for challenging driving conditions. We’ve had the worst of it but it’s still not completely clear. Where we have falling snow we see there is a risk of a few icy patches on roads.”
UK 5 day weather forecast
Friday 9 Feb – Tuesday 13 Feb
Remaining unsettled, with rain and brisk winds at times.
This Evening and Tonight:
A cloudy night in the north with outbreaks of rain. Snow will continue to affect parts of Scotland, mainly northern hills, along with brisk winds. England and Wales will become mostly dry with clear spells. Patches of fog and frost.
Scotland will remain mostly cloudy, breezy and damp on Saturday, with hill snow easing. Sunny spells developing elsewhere, although showers too, especially in the west and southwest, some heavy.
Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:
Rather cloudy on Sunday with showery rain for many. A day of sunshine and showers on Monday, with brisk winds. Perhaps some more persistent rain in the south on Tuesday.