UK weather: Bitterly cold temperatures forecast by Met Office
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Latest weather charts for the early hours of Friday show the mercury rapidly plunging, with maps turning icy blue as millions of Britons prepare to wake up to freezing conditions. Weather maps from Netweather show minimum temperatures plummeting to well below freezing throughout much of the UK. At around 6am on Friday, parts of Central Scotland could be hit with a -9C freeze, with bitter temperatures of between -4C and -8C in many surrounding areas.
The rest of the UK could also find itself fortunate to escape the freezing temperatures, as the deep Atlantic chill rapidly spreads across much of the country.
During the early part of Friday morning, the mercury could plunge to as low as -2C in many parts of Northern England and below freezing in Wales.
London and the southern coasts of England could also wake up to below-freezing temperatures.
This Atlantic freeze will continue towards midday, with the possibility of minimum temperatures still remaining at just -8C in Central Scotland and -7C in a small surrounding area.
The rest of the UK could also struggle to get above the freezing mark, with possible lows of -2C in northern areas.
Met Office Senior Operational Meteorologist Annie Shuttleworth warned temperatures are likely to plunge to -10C in “rural sheltered spots” of Scotland.
Rural areas further south towards England, Wales and Northern Ireland could freeze in temperatures as low as -5C, triggering a frosty start to Friday morning.
Ms Shuttleworth told Express.co.uk: “Temperatures are expected to drop to -10 C in rural sheltered spots of Scotland by tomorrow morning.
“Further south rural mins will be widely -2 to -5 C across England, Wales and NI.
“The cold air across the UK is moving in from the Atlantic this paired with the light winds and clear skies for many means it will be a widely frosty start to Friday.”
Met Office meteorologist Clare Nasir warned the air sweeping across the UK is “turning steadily colder” and helped by a “driving wind”.
Inland areas throughout the UK will turn “bitterly cold”.
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Temperatures are set to plunge to as low as a bitterly cold -10C in the highlands of Scotland.
Ms Nasir said in her latest forecast: “The air is turning steadily colder.
“The key weather feature going into Friday will be how cold it is, with a widespread frost and the risk of some ice.
“Thursday into Friday, there is a driving wind.
“A few showers come in across west Wales and Northern Ireland, and further showers are likely across the western northern periphery of Scotland.
“Inland though it is going to turn really cold, bitterly cold.
“In the countryside, temperatures could be as low as -4C to -10C across the highlands of Scotland.
“There will be a risk of ice first thing, but most areas will get away with a dry and bright morning with some sunshine.”
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