UK weather: Mercury to dip to -7C on sub-zero Sunday as several areas warned of flooding

UK Weather: Met Office forecast frost and fog

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The UK is expected to have a milder start to the week but conditions will turn colder as Brits look ahead to a sub-zero Sunday. Despite a milder start, meteorologists forecast Britain could be battered by rain in places.

The Met Office forecasts for Monday reads: “Mostly cloudy with some rain or drizzle at times, particularly in the northwest where some heavier rain likely.

“Much milder than recently with some strong winds in the far north.”

Alyssa Smithmyer, a meteorologist at Accuweather, also said: “This week will start off with a front crossing the UK from late Sunday evening into Tuesday.

“This will bring some rain and showers across the region, with some light snow showers across the Scottish Highlands.”

Looking further ahead, Ms Smithmyer added: “Throughout this week, the lowest temperature is expected to occur Sunday night in Scotland.

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“Elevated locations such as Cairngorm Summit and Ben More Assynt are both forecast to drop to -7C Sunday night.”

This will follow on from milder temperatures earlier this week, including in Scotland.

Ms Smithmyer even suggested Edinburgh could see temperatures of 10C on Monday, which is some 4 degrees warmer than normal conditions at this time of year.

However, the Accuweather meteorologist concluded: “The weather pattern is expected to be generally calm in comparison to the previous week once high pressure shifts into the region.”

Predicted rainfall has ensured flood alerts remain in place.

Areas affected include: Mid Bristol Avon, Rivers Clyst and Culm and their tributaries, River Severn in Shropshire, Severn Vyrnwy confluence, South East Somerset Rivers at Upper Reaches, Tern and Perry catchments, the tidal Rivers at Bure, Ante and Thurne, Upper River Ouse and West Somerset Streams.

Hill snow is also expected in parts of Scotland.

Looking ahead to the rest of the month, the Met Office added: “A continuation of largely settled conditions is most likely as we head into the middle of January with high pressure in charge across the south of the country.

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“Most areas will be dry with any spells of rain and stronger winds likely to be restricted to northern parts of the country.

“The settled weather will bring widespread overnight frost as well as fog patches, these sometimes freezing.

“Amounts of sunshine are uncertain with areas of fog and low cloud potentially lingering all day in places, especially in the south.

“How long the predominantly settled conditions persist is uncertain with an increasing chance of some unsettled spells returning to many parts as we head towards the end of the period.”

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