UK weather forecast: Temperatures plunge below zero as monster whiteout heads for Britain

The Met Office has issued a weather warning for snow and ice this week as much of the country is set to be blanketed, including the capital. Forecasters have warned that the mercury could plummet below freezing.

Wednesday morning could see commuters delayed and in chaos as icy conditions plague the road.

Yellow warnings for snow and ice have been issued for most regions, with heavy rain and hail showers also on the way.

The wintry weather front will see snowfall over the north of the capital on Thursday.

Also, elevated areas in Wales, the Midlands and the Cotswolds could see some snow as well.

Other areas in the south are also expected to get sleet and rain.

However, it should clear by midday.

The first warning is in effect from 8pm on Tuesday to 10am on Wednesday across Scotland, Northern Ireland and western England.

The other weather warning in place covers the Midlands, Wales, London, the southeast and the southwest of England.

But the warning will likely be lifted by 10am, according to forecasters.

Met Office meteorologist Emma Salter said: “It’s a cold frosty start to Wednesday and there’s plenty of ice around to watch out for too on the roads and pavements.

“Some more wintry showers to come today as well. It’s a really cold start across Scotland though temperatures below freezing in many parts.

“Today we will continue to see more of those snow showers across western parts of the British Isles – falling to snow on some of the very highest of ground.”

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She added: “Showers across Scotland and Northern Ireland most likely falling as snow particularly on the highest ground.

“Temperatures staying in single figures across the board on Wednesday and add in the feel of that wind and it will actually feel much colder.

“Through the rest of Wednesday, those showers across England and Wales turning fewer and further between plenty of sunshine a pleasant end to the day on Wednesday.

“More showers coming in thick and fast across Scotland and Northern Ireland right at the end of Wednesday though we start to see the clouds thicken up in the west.”

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