February 3, 2023

Cars drive over the Winnats Pass in the Peak District as snow and ice swept across parts of the UK, with cold winter conditions to last for days.  Photo date: Tuesday, December 13, 2022. PA photo.  Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

From Boxing Day, the UK must take into account ‘uncertainties’ and ‘colder conditions’ (Photo: PA)

Temperatures may have dropped recently, but the UK will have another cold snap as a belated Christmas gift.

It comes after the freezing cold recently gave way to unusually sultry weather for December.

The UK has seen a wild swing in temperatures over the past week with an ‘extraordinary’ rise of almost 20 degrees Celsius in just a few days.

But from Boxing Day onwards, a surge of arctic air will bring “colder conditions” amid possibly more snow and frost.

James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, told GB News: ‘The rest of December and January show signs of frequent spells of cold winter weather with below average temperatures and numerous wintry gusts.

“We could now be looking at a long cold spell of several weeks and the potential for some of the coldest and snowiest weather since December 2010.”

The Met Office’s long-term forecast echoes Mr Madden’s comments.

From Boxing Day, the UK must reckon with ‘uncertainties’ and ‘colder conditions’.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Hesther Ng/SOPA Images/Shutterstock (13662385d) People walk along a snowy road outside Waterloo train station.  London embraced the first snow of this winter tonight due to the arctic freeze and transport was severely disrupted on Monday morning.  Temperatures have dropped below zero in recent days and the Met Office has issued a snow and ice yellow warning for London and South East England until Tuesday morning.  London embraced the first snow of this winter tonight due to the arctic freeze and transport was severely disrupted on Monday morning.  Temperatures have dropped below zero in recent days and the Met Office has issued a snow and ice yellow warning for London and South East England until Tuesday morning.  Transport interruption due to weather conditions in London, UK - December 12, 2022

Snowfall across much of England recently gave way to slush and ice (Photo: Hesther Ng/SOPA Images/Shutterstock)

It reads: ‘Frequent winter showers hit the northern areas on Monday, and these were confined to the northern islands, where it was also very windy.

Some sunshine elsewhere, but an area of ​​cloud and rain, with a slight chance of snow on the northern edge, may return from the south for a while.

‘Probably a fairly windy and changeable weather period for the next few days, with rain and the occasional snow, interspersed with colder, clearer periods.

‘Around the turn of the year, the uncertainties in the forecast increase, but a high pressure ridge can provide a calmer interlude for many with more generally colder conditions, night frost and crisp, sunny days.

UK Christmas weather forecast: Britain is back in the freezer after this weekend

A blast of arctic air could bring even more snow to much of the country (Photo: : WX Charts)

“Some winter showers are also possible, especially in the coastal areas.”

The cold snap comes after December 25, meaning the chances of a white Christmas are slim for many.

Experts are now predicting that the date will most likely be mild with a chance of rain or showers in places to the south, especially the far south.

Any cold air and wintry conditions will most likely be confined to the north of the UK, they add, but warn their forecasts could change as Sunday is still five days away.

People in the snow on Parliament Square, London.  Snow and ice have engulfed parts of the UK and cold winter conditions will continue for days to come.  Photo date: Wednesday, December 14, 2022. PA photo.  Photo credit should read: James Manning/PA Wire

But forecasters have ruled out a White Christmas for much of the UK (Picture: PA)

Dan Harris, deputy chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said of the north-south split: “There are great uncertainties about where the boundary between these two air masses will eventually end, especially as we head into the Christmas weekend.

“Confidence in the forecast is unlikely to increase until mid-week at the earliest and several outcomes are still possible.”

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