British people are warned that they will be below freezing in the coming days as the record mild weather for Christmas and New Year will be replaced by sub-zero temperatures.
Cold warnings have been issued in most parts of northern England, with severe ice conditions and heavy snowfall from midnight Tuesday to lunch on Thursday.
Also, some parts of northern Scotland will be warned of snow, ice and wind over the next few days.
This is because the warm winds from the Mid-Atlantic have risen to around 16 degrees Celsius in parts of the UK at the turn of the year, making it the warmest New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day on record.
Neil Armstrong, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said:
“This drop in temperature will spread further south later on Tuesday.
“This change is brought about by the cold currents of the north, which risks winter breeze in places in northern England, especially in the highlands.
“The lowest temperatures for the next few days are expected to drop below freezing, increasing the risk of ice formation.”
The UK Health and Security Agency has urged people to check vulnerable civilians in the coming days, including the elderly and the seriously ill.
UKHSA consultant Agostinho Sousa said:
Temperatures are projected to drop to -1 degrees Celsius in London, 0 degrees Celsius in Belfast, 1 degree in Cardiff and -3 degrees Celsius in Edinburgh on Wednesday night.