Cold snap sees temperatures plummet to 5C with ice risk as heavy rain continues

After a week of heavy rain Brits now face a wintery cold snap as temperatures plummet to as low as 5C.

Weather charts show highs of just 8C in the south on Friday morning, a day after they peaked at 19C yesterday afternoon.

Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern said today will begin with a “chill in the air” for central and southern Britain as ground frost makes an appearance.

And morning temperatures will remain in single digits across the country.

The dip is thanks to a freezing north westerly wind blowing in from the Arctic, which will remain through the weekend.

A band of rainfall is advancing its way down from the north as the morning continues, eventually striking across England and Wales.

“Some fairly gusty winds with that as well along with a short period of heavy rainfall,” continued Mr McGivern, with weather charts showing gusts of 30mph in Scotland.

“Following on from that we’ve got sunny spells and showers – and these are going to be some lively downpours, with hail and thunder mixed in across central parts of the UK, southern Scotland, Northern Ireland, northern England, north Wales seeing some thunderstorms perhaps.”

Overnight into Saturday some more spots of frost are likely, though it is expected to be a clearer day, though overall a “weekend of sunny spells and showers”, added the meteorologist.

The Met Office wrote on Twitter : “It will be a cold start to Friday morning and you will need a thick coat if you are heading out the door first thing.”

The Environment Agency has issued one flood warning for today and 14 alerts in England, while Natural Resources Wales has four alerts in place.

Helen Willetts said: “It looks like more rain as we move into the beginning of next week.”

She added: “It’s going to be much colder for all of us in the coming few days.”

UK 5 day weather forecast
Today:
Early cloud and showery rain, heavy at times, over north Wales and northern England moves southwards, finally clearing southeast England later today. Sunny spells and heavy showers follow, perhaps with hail and thunder. Windy and feeling chilly.

Tonight:
Early evening showers gradually becoming mainly confined to northern, western and central UK. Windy and colder than last night with a touch of frost in some rural areas.

Saturday:
Another chilly and windy day with a mixture of sunny spells and showers. Some sharp showers about, though showers not as heavy as today.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:
Mostly fine on Sunday with a few showers around the coasts. Rain sweeps southeast between late-Sunday and late-Monday, with further showers then following and eventually becoming heaviest in the east.