According to the Met Office, colder weather is expected across the country this week and into the first weekend of December, bringing wintry conditions to some parts of the UK.
Forecasters are claiming that from mid-week, we could see frost, hail, sleet and the possibility of snow settling over higher ground in the region, which could cause travel problems.
For lower areas, the forecasters say that any snow is expected to be more “transient in nature” although they are “currently uncertain exactly where snow will fall”.
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Steve Ramsdale, the chief meteorologist at the Met Office has said that the cold snap could only be short lived and won’t set the tone for the reason of the season.
He commented: “Although we’re going to see a few days with colder conditions, we shouldn’t be surprised that the start of winter brings a brief spell of wintry weather.
“Some parts of the UK, especially northern hills, may see snow, but for many this will only be short lived. We’ll be monitoring the forecast and we will issue warnings accordingly.
“Although winter has started rather abruptly, this colder spell is expected to be part of typical seasonal fluctuations and doesn’t set the mold for the rest of winter.”
This is what the weather looks like for the rest of the week according to the Met Office:
Wednesday, December 2
Rain and cloud will sink southeastwards through Wednesday morning, clearing to scattered showers which may turn wintry on hills. Becoming frosty overnight. Maximum temperature 8 °C.
From Thursday, December 3 to Saturday December 5
Thursday through until Saturday will be cold and windy. Showers or longer spells of rain are likely, these sometimes heavy with some snow on hills and perhaps to lower levels.
Long range Saturday December 5 to Monday December 14
The period will start unsettled across all parts of the UK, with areas of heavy rain and showers, locally of soft hail, sleet and snow likely.
Often windy, especially around coasts, but in quieter interludes overnight there will remain the potential for some patchy frost, and isolated mist and freezing fog. Temperatures are expected to be a below average overall.