Snow falls in Britain with sub-zero Arctic blast poised to strike UK next week

Snow has hit the UK and bookmakers have slashed the odds on this being the coldest ever November.

With temperatures expected to plunge over the weekend, the Met Office has said snow is already falling in parts of Wales and it's also expected to hit south-west Scotland and Cumbria on Saturday.

The plunge in temperatures has led Ladbrokes to lower odds to just a 6/4 shot (from 5/2) for this to be the coldest November ever.

"It's falling from the sky and a little bit is settling on higher grounds," Met Office weather forecaster Marco Petagna said.

But he did add it's "unlikely to cause too much of an issue".

The Met Office’s prediction between November 13-22 said: “Many southern and eastern locations will remain dry and sunny, but some showers are likely.

"The end of the week will probably remain cold and unsettled, with rain/showers and some snow on northern hills."

New weather charts show snow is due across the country by an Arctic weather front, which is expected to hit Britain on Wednesday.

The west coast, Wales and Scotland will be the first areas to be hit, with central areas facing snow overnight. The cold weather front could then head to London and other areas in the east by Thursday morning.

Charts on NetWeather show bitter winds blasting Britain midweek with all areas struggling to reach above zero degrees.

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The cold weather due to hit the country has led bookmakers to expect a record-breaking month.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "Don't be surprised to see this go down as a record-breaking cold November with temperatures set to drop around the UK."

Weather warnings were issued this week after huge downpours ravaged much of the Midlands and Yorkshire causing widespread flooding .

A woman has died in the flooding in Derbyshire after her body was pulled from the River Derwent in Darley Dale.

On Thursday night, shoppers at Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield were stranded by floodwaters as "biblical" downpours triggered evacuations and road closures.

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