UK braced for 1,000-mile ‘Beast from the East’ set to bring -10C freeze

Britain will be colder than Iceland next week as a 1,000-mile-wide Beast from the East brings a -10C February freeze.

Despite temperatures hitting a spring-like 15C on Friday (February 3), forecasters have warned that the mercury will plummet from Tuesday onwards.

Freezing air billowing from Russia will lead to icy conditions and scatterings of snow.

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Conditions will start to cool down on Saturday (February 4), dropping to 5C in some areas tomorrow before the big freeze hits next week.

Then widespread frost and freezing fog are set to make the nation colder than 0C Reykjavik, Iceland.

Temperatures will reach a polar -10C overnight in the north and -3C in the south, rising to just 4C to 7C in the daytime.

But Met Office experts have warned it could feel colder in the wintry breeze.

A spokesman said: “From Sunday to Tuesday will be cold, with overnight frost widespread in the south-east and the risk of freezing fog patches. It will be rather cold compared to the average by day, with frosts possible overnight.”

Conditions will become dry and bright as the cold snap spreads across the UK, before settling in for a week.

He added: “Colder air from continental Europe is expected to cross the country. This high-pressure system will act to block wet and windy weather from the Atlantic.

“There will be some frosty nights and colder days, with daytime temperatures in mid or low single figures.”

Last night, a Level 2 cold weather alert was issued by the Met Office and the UK Health Security Agency.

Experts said there is a 60% probability of severe icy conditions in England between Sunday and Tuesday evenings.

They warned this could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.

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Meanwhile a long-range forecast has sparked warnings the UK could be hit by a freak snowstorm around Saturday (February 18).

The wintry downpour will blow in from Greenland, according to the Met Desk’s WX Charts.


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