‘Beast from the East could arrive within days’ as Brits suffer -10C big freeze

Temperatures are set to drop to -10C in some places as the big freeze weather front continues.

The infamous Beast from the East could arrive within days, with some predicting as early as Monday.

A bitter cold snap is wrestling with La Nina, which threatens to hit the UK with stormy weather.

Weather warnings remain in place across vast areas of the UK, including northern England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and the east coast.

Rain, snow and sleet will move across northern parts of England and Wales, and for a short time, the south may see some sunny spells.

Last night, parts of Scotland saw freezing temperatures at -10C, with northern England -5C and Northern Ireland -6C.

Moving south it was milder but still below freezing.

Wales suffered -4C, the midlands -1C and Cornwall saw -2C.

According to the Met Office the east of England and London most likely felt temperatures around -2C.

The UK is likely to see a cold but mainly dry weekend, but Scotland is the exception where rain could fall.

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Clear skies are expected on Friday night, leading to a chilly start to the weekend on Saturday.

Forecasters say it will turn milder going into next week.

The Met Office has updated its yellow weather warning for snow and ice across parts of Scotland. The warning is in place for 12 hours and encompasses most of the east and, south and very northern parts of the country.

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Most of the UK has been slapped with a yellow weather warning for ice for Friday, with southern parts of the country and majority of London in the clear.

With Siberian winds pushing in from the east, freezing weather – including snow – is forecast all week, in the form of snow showers or settling on hills.

The Environment Agency also issued four flood warnings last night, with the Isle of Sheppey, Kings Lynn, Peterborough and North Yorkshire on the list.

There are fears a "sudden stratosphere warning", the conditions which led to the Beast battering Britain in 2018, could hit the UK this month.

Forecasters previously warned the weather could be trigged from the week beginning of January 11, but no set predictions have been made.

Meteorologists are not convinced another instalment of the Beast from the East will hit, but admit the same 'stratosphere warning' as well as other conditions, were in place before the 2018 weather chaos battered Britain.

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