UK cold weather MAPPED: Long range forecast shows heavy snow on election day

Across the UK, temperatures have sunk to below freezing overnight and struggled to reach double figures during the day. A staggering -10.3C was measured overnight in Scotland at the weekend, the coldest temperature since last winter.

Temperatures well below freezing have continued, with the mercury plummeting to -7.3C in Shap, Cumbria overnight on Monday.

Now maps are showing heavy snow is on the way, and it could blanket much of the UK next week.

According to maps from both Netweather and WX Charts, heavy snow is forecast to hit the UK at the beginning of next week (Monday, December 9).

The charts show snow showers will become widespread, first hitting Scotland before travelling across much of England and Wales.

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Snow will get particularly heavy on Wednesday, December 11 and on Thursday, December 12.

This could mean a rather snowy election day for many, as polls open at 7am on December 12.

The Met Office is also predicting snow in their long-range forecast.

The weather experts say on Sunday, December 8 “rain and transient mountain snow will cross the UK, followed by blustery showers, heaviest in the west.

“It should be windy with the risk of coastal gales.

“Into the next week, the more unsettled theme is likely to persist with longer spells of rain and showers with drier interludes remaining short-lived.

“Initially mild, temperatures are more likely to soon dip below normal, allowing an increasing risk of wintry showers the further north you go.”

The Met Office also warns of “a low risk of more widespread snow on northern edge of rain bands.”

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On top of the snow, strong winds are forecast across the UK, especially in southern England.

The Met Office says: “Frost and freezing fog possible, particularly in the north.”

Leon Brown, head of meteorological operations at The Weather Company, warned of a prolonged period of icy conditions.

He told Express.co.uk: “Thirty to 40 days with snow or ice disruption are expected this winter in Scotland and parts of northern England.

“After cold spells in December, more sustained cold is expected during January and February.”

There are weather warnings in place for Wednesday, with the Met Office issuing a yellow weather alert for fog across the South of England.

These warnings come into force at 4am and remain in place until 11am that day.

This is for the East of England, London and South East England and South West England.

Commuters are warned there may be slower journey times with delays to bus and train services possible in the warning area, and there is a chance of delays or cancellations to flights.

The Met Office warns: “Areas of fog are expected to form Tuesday night and Wednesday morning over parts of east and south England.

“These may become more widespread and dense on Wednesday morning with visibility falling below 100 m in places.

“The fog will then be slow to lift during the morning.”

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