Winter is finally arriving in Britain this week as Arctic weather ushers in December – with 11 days of snow forecast.

Temperatures were expected to hit -4C this morning in parts of northern Scotland, marking the start of a week of winter weather.

Although the mercury dropped below freezing north of the border it will warm up through the day.

However, 11 days of snow have been forecast to start on Thursday, December 3.

The Met Office is forecasting lower than average temperatures for this time of year, but the Scottish Highlands are expected to take the biggest hit with snow flurries hitting every day until December 13, according The Sun.

Parts of eastern Wales, the Midlands and the north of England will also need their scarves by the end of the week with temperatures of 2C or 3C commonplace.

It could be time to get the snow shovels out as 11 days' worth are predicted for northern Scotland and colder than average weather for the rest of us
It could be time to get the snow shovels out as 11 days' worth are predicted for northern Scotland and colder than average weather for the rest of us

Temperatures will average just 3C or 4C every day and by the end of the week they will drop to as low as 0C in central Scotland.

Brits will need to wrap up warm elsewhere on Friday, December 5 too, with the mercury hitting lows of 2C in eastern parts of Wales, 3C in the Midlands and 2C-3C in the north of England.

Sunday, December 7, will be a grey and misty day for most places in the UK, although north-eastern Scotland could see some sunny spells.

We might have to get the de-icer out as temperatures look set to drop this week

Parts of west Wales and south-western England could also experience some sunshine during the day.

The Met Office said the weather will be "rather cold for most places, with generally cloudy weather and light winds" on Sunday.

A Met Office forecaster said: "During the night we will see clouds around with some fog over the hills.

Icy flurries have been predicted for northern parts of the UK for 11 days from this Thursday
Icy flurries have been predicted for northern parts of the UK for 11 days from this Thursday

"There will be some patchy rain too across southern Scotland and north-east England, with clearer skies across central and north-east mainland Scotland."

Fog will only lift later in the morning, followed by rain in the north of England spreading throughout the end of the weekend.

More miserable rain will bring gloomy conditions to the north on Monday, December 8, and the wet weather will continue throughout the week, amid lower than average temperatures for this time of year.

Get ready for some gloomy weather says the Met Office

The Met Office's long range forecast says: "Temperatures may start off near normal, though often feeling colder in windier and wetter spells.

"Below normal temperatures are then slightly more likely for later in the period.

Today, it will turn dull, grey and misty for many, although sunny spells across north-eastern Scotland and also sunshine over parts of west Wales and southwest England is possible. Rain into the far north-west is expected later.

This evening, it will remain cloudy and misty across most of England and Wales. Rain will move south and east across Scotland and Northern Ireland through the night.

On Tuesday, cloudier and milder weather will spreads from the west.

The rain is expected to claear east on Wednesday, while sunshine and blustery showers follow.