Temperatures will plummet to well below freezing in the UK from the start of next week, according to forecasts.

Some areas of Britain have been told to brace for -5C on Friday, December 4, the Express reports.

A 48-hour flurry of snowfall is expected follow the freeze on Thursday, starting in Scotland before spreading all the way to the southeast of England, weather charts suggest.

Snow risk charts published by Netweather, show there is currently a 100% risk of snow across western Scotland on December 3 at 6am.

The colourful graphic illustrates Scotland's northwest in red and white to indicate the high snow risk.

A 48-hour snow bomb is set to hit Britain

Throughout Thursday, the risk of snow shifts further south, blanketing the east of Scotland and northeast of England.

Parts of north Wales also turn red with high snow risk in the weather map for 6pm next Thursday, while parts of the south of England are covered with a medium risk of snow.

The green and yellow colours over the south represent the chance of snowfall being between a 30 and 75%.

From 6am on Friday morning the snow risk moves further south to cover London and other parts of the southeast with a medium snow risk.

UK temperatures forecast to drop below freezing

Another wave of snow is forecast at 6pm on December 4 for northwest Scotland which is again at high risk of being hit by the white stuff.

The risk of snow continues until Saturday, December 5 at 6pm for Scotland.

Forecaster Brian Glaze of the Weather Outlook also expects snow to sweep across the UK during the same period.

A weather map for Thursday, December 3 at 3pm shows up to 5cm of snow is expected across Scotland, Wales and the south of England.

BBC Weather forecasters claim the UK can expect bouts of polar air to sweep across the country from the start of December.