UK Weather – Brits to be hit by -1C icy plunge as temperatures drop days before Christmas

BRITS are braced for an icy freeze next week as the mercury plummets just days before Christmas.

Temperatures are set to plunge as low as -1C in Scotland on Tuesday as a snowbomb gears up to blast Britain.

By Tuesday night, the Met Office predicts temperatures will drop as low as 1C across most of Britain, with slightly warmer weather in the south.

In Scotland, the mercury is expected to dip below zero, reaching -1 in Loch Rannoch.

It comes as Britain's third storm of the winter season brings biting winds and heavy downpours.

Storm Corrie will follow havoc-wreaking storms Arwen and Barra which brought blizzards and gale-force winds earlier this month.

And it appears Corrie, which is due next week, will be no different – as a "snow bomb" could move in from December 27.

As a south-western front of rain and wind moves across the UK, there is "potential for some snowfall", reports.

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If the pressure contained within the storm deepens by 24millibars in 24 hours, it will earn the title of "weather bomb".

The resulting snowfall could then wreak havoc for shivering Brits up and down the country, the Mirror reports.

And according to some weather charts, some centimetres of the white stuff could fall across northern England.

British Weather Services meteorologist Jim Dale warned of another major storm – dubbed Storm Corrie – before the new year.

This is due to the La Nina effect, an unsettled weather front caused when warm North Sea temperatures mix with cooler water from the Pacific Ocean.

Mr Dale said: "We are expecting one more major storm this month which will set the trend for coming months.

"We expect five to six storms to hit through the winter period which could be severe enough to warrant naming."

Weather charts suggest snow will fall in the North West on December 27, with 1cm expected in just one hour.

By December 28 – after continuous overnight blizzards – 2cm of snow per hour will come down across swathes of the North West, the south of Scotland, Southampton and Cardiff.

It comes after Brits were treated to an unseasonable spell of warm weather this week.

The UK was hotter than Madrid on Thursday, as a 13C winter warmer swept in after torrential rain and gale force winds over the weekend.

The mercury reached a pleasant 10C in Leeds and 12C in Cardiff – rising to 13C in London.

This meant the capital was even hotter than the Spanish city of Madrid, where it reached highs of just 12C on Thursday afternoon.

Things are set to cool down tonight, with low cloud and fog persisting across England and Wales.

There will be clear spells for parts of Scotland, west Wales and southwest England although frost is possible in some places.

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