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Weather forecast today – SNOW could fall in London next week as Arctic blast rips through UK bringing sub-zero misery

LONDON could be set to see snow next week as a wave of cold air moves in from the Arctic and temperatures plummet across the country.

It comes as bookies slashed odds of a White Christmas this year, with the festive period expected to be the coldest since the early 2010s.

Ladbrokes is now offering 5/4 for snowfall on Christmas Day, down from 6/4 earlier this month.

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  • SNOW 'COULD FALL IN LONDON NEXT WEEK'

    London could be set to see snow before the end of this week, forecasters have said.

    It comes as temperatures across the country are set to fall as a wave of cold air moves in from the Arctic.

    According to The Met Check website, there is a 50 percent chance of snow in the capital on Tuesday December 1.

  • THREE FLOOD ALERTS IN PLACE IN ENGLAND

    Three flood alerts are currently in place across England, according to the Environment Agency.

    Two alerts are in place in the Lake District following heavy rain.

    One is for the area surrounding Lake Windermere, while the other is at the south end of the Derwent Water lake.

    A flood warning is also in place in Keswick at the northern end of the lake.

    An alert is also in place for areas around the River Thame, east of Oxford, although the agency said that property flooding is not currently expected.

    Full details here.

  • IN PICTURES – THE SUN SETS OVER FARMLAND IN CAMBRIDGESHIRE THIS EVENING

  • TEMPERATURES TO REMAIN MILD OVERNIGHT

    Temperatures across the UK are to remain mild overnight.

    It comes with temperatures expected to fall this week as a blast of cold air moves in from the Arctic.

    The Met Office temperature map for 3am on Tuesday shows temperatures in low double figures across the south and north of England.

    Lows of 8C will be seen in the east.

    Scotland will be colder, but will still see temperatures remain above 7C, while Northern Ireland will see lows of 8C.

  • FOUR FLOOD ALERTS IN FORCE IN SOUTHERN SCOTLAND

    Floods alerts are currently in place in four regions in the south of Scotland.

    The alerts apply to Ayrshire and Arran, Dumfries and Galloway, Scottish Borders, and West Central Scotland.

    The Scottish Environment Protection Agency said the alerts would remain in place until further notice.

    Full details on the agency's website.

  • IN PICTURES – A CYCLIST RIDES THROUGH EARLY MORNING FROST IN EPPING FOREST, LONDON TODAY

  • OVERNIGHT FROSTS IN PARTS THIS WEEK

    Parts of the UK are set to see overnights frosts and temperatures fall this week.

    It comes as an arctic blast of cold air moves towards the country from the north.

    The Met Office forecast for Wednesday to Friday reads: “[It will be] cloudy across parts of the south with rain on Wednesday before turning drier.

    “Brighter and clearer conditions elsewhere with overnight frosts and stubborn morning fog patches. Rather cold.”

  • FLOOD ALERTS LIFTED IN OXFORD AND NORFOLK

    The Environment Agency has lifted flood alerts previously in place in Oxford and Norfolk.

    An alert was previously in place in areas surrounding the River Ray and its tributaries northeast of Oxford following heavy rain.

    The agency said river levels have now fallen again but that it continued to monitor the situation.

    An alert was also previously in place along the River Yare in Norfolk – from Thorpe St Andrew to Breydon Water.

    The agency said river levels are now “well below the flood risk thresholds” but added: “Continue to take care on waterside roads and footpaths, and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger.”

  • IN PICTURES – THE SUN SETS OVER THE BEACH AT EYPE IN DORSET THIS EVENING

  • FLOORD WARNING IN LAKE DISTRICT

    A flood warning has been issued in part of the Lake District, with overnight rain expected to push river levels up.

    The Environment Agency has said that flooding of property, roads and farmland is expected from 7am tomorrow (Tuesday) morning.

    It is expected to hit low lying areas around the shores of Derwent Water Lake, particularly the frontage of the Keswick Camping and Caravan Club Site at the lake's northern end.

    A flood alert is also in place for areas surrounding Lake Windermere.

    Full details here.

  • RAIN FOR NORTHWEST ON TUESDAY

    Rain is expected to hit the northwest tomorrow before moving across the country, weather watchers have said.

    The Met Office's Tuesday forecast reads: “A band rain will continue to affect northwestern parts, edging slowly southeastwards later.”

    It adds that the south will remain dry, with cloud breaks allowing some sunny spells.

  • IN PICTURES: Deer herd enjoying the crisp autumn weather today at Ashton Court Estate, Bristol

  • WEEK AHEAD:

    Met Office says: “Cloudy across parts of the south with rain on Wednesday before turning drier [on Thursday and Friday].

    “Brighter and clearer conditions elsewhere with overnight frosts and stubborn morning fog patches. Rather cold.”

  • FREAK CYCLONE TO HIT SOMALIA AND GIVE TWO YEARS' WORTH RAINFALL

    The strongest tropical cyclone ever measured in the northern Indian Ocean has made landfall in eastern Africa, where it is expected to create two years' worth of rainfall over the next two days.

    Tropical Cyclone Gati made landfall in Somalia on Sunday with sustained winds of around 105 mph. It's the first recorded hurricane-system hitting the country.

    At one point its speed was 115 mph.

  • IN PICTURES: flooded fields near Pymoor in Cambridgeshire captured this morning

  • TONIGHT'S FORECAST

    Met Office says “Rain continues across northwestern areas, heavy for some hilly areas.

    “Elsewhere mostly dry, with a few clear spells. Chilly for a time in the southeast, with the odd mist patch.”

  • BOOKIES SLASH ODDS OF WHITE CHRISTMAS

    Bookies have cut their odds of the UK seeing a White Christmas this year, with the festive period expected to be colder than in recent years.

    Ladbrokes is now offering 5/4 for snowfall on Christmas Day, down from 6/4 earlier this month.

    Edinburgh and Newcastle are the cities thought to be the most likely to see snow, with odds of 3/1 in both.

    Belfast, Cardiff, Dublin, and Manchester are all 4/1 while London is 5/1.

  • WET AND WINDY AFTERNOON IN NORTH WEST, DRY AND BRIGHT IN SOUTH & EAST

  • IN PICTURES: Sheep at the Borders town of Lauder, Scotland during a stunning sunrise

  • IN PICTURES: morning mist was observed at sunrise this morning across fields in Dorset

  • MILD DAY WITH TEMPERATURES REACHING 13 DEGREES IN PLACES

    Frosty start of five and eight degrees this morning will gradually rise.

    Expect a mild day with temperatures ranging from nine to about 13 degrees later.

  • IN PICTURES: A stormy looking sun rise over the Gower Peninsula coastline in Swansea

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