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Weather weekend forecast LIVE – ‘Scandinavian surge’ sweeps UK bringing snow and fog, Met Office warns

BRITAIN could be colder than 2018’s Beast from the East in a -11C four-day spring freeze.

A 500-mile wide “Scandinavian surge” could see temperatures colder than Iceland.

Snow flurries are forecast for Scotland, with ice risks and widespread frosts including in the South.

The coldest temperatures will be seen in Scotland, northern England and the west of the UK as the mercury is set to drop to lows of -3C.

The rest of the country isn't expected to see temperatures go above freezing, apart from in the capital where 2C is forecast.

Follow our weather live blog below for the latest news and updates from around the country

  • FROSTY START TO THE WEEKEND

    Saturday morning will start on a cold and frosty note in many areas, but there will also be some sunshine, Met Office report.

    They added some places will have a cloudier start to the day and gradually through the morning the cloud will bubble up more widely, especially inland.

  • FLOATING SHIP

    Photos of what appears to be a floating ship have been captured thanks to a rare optical illusion off the coast of England.

    David Morris took a photo of the ship near Falmouth, Cornwall, and said he was "stunned" while looking out to sea from the hamlet of Gillan

    BBC meteorologist David Braine said the "superior mirage" occurred because of "special atmospheric conditions that bend light".

    He said the illusion is common in the Arctic, but can appear "very rarely" in the UK during winter.

  • NEXT WEEK’S WEATHER WARM UP

    Temperatures are forecast to reach the early teens in the south of England on Wednesday and Thursday.

    One chart valid for 6pm on Wednesday shows the south turn yellow as highs of 13C are forecast.

    But while the south sees a slight thaw, Scotland and the north of England are set to see the cold temperatures continue.

  • WINTER WEATHER RETURNS

    Darks clouds pictured above South Shields this afternoon, as weather chart signal a return of cold temperatures and winter weather this weekend in the UK.

  • COLD CHILL UNTIL NEXT WEEK

    Chilly conditions look as though they’re set to last through the weekend into next week, with snow forecast across parts of Scotland and north England.

    The coldest temperatures will be seen in Scotland, northern England and the west of the UK as the mercury is set to drop to lows of -3C.

    The rest of the country isn't expected to see temperatures go above freezing, apart from in the capital where 2C is forecast.

    The cold snap is set to last into Monday and Tuesday, before warming up slightly.

  • SUBZERO SCANDINAVIAN BLAST

    A subzero Scandinavian blast is set to hit Britain this weekend, driving the mercury below freezing.

    It comes before the risk of snow in some areas next week, according to weather charts.

    BBC Weather forecast Stav Danaos, said: “To end this week, and push into the weekend it will stay settled with a new area of high pressure moving down from the north but it will bring some cold air so frost and fog likely, a little bit of sunshine, but it will be chilly by day. This area of high pressure has been moving down from Scandinavia from Wednesday onwards.”

  • GOVERNMENT HAS 'NO PLAN' TO REACH NET ZERO BY 2050

    MPs have warned the government has no plan for achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 - despite setting the target almost two years ago.

    In a report published today, the Public Accounts Committee said the government "intends to publish a plethora of strategies this year" setting out how it will reduce emissions in different sectors ranging from transport to the heating of buildings.

    They warn though that "at present, there is no coordinated plan" with clear milestones towards achieving the target.

    Committee chair Meg Hillier MP said: "Government has set itself a huge test in committing the UK to a net zero economy by 2050 - but there is little sign that it understands how to get there and almost two years later it still has no plan.

  • WATCH: UK WEATHER FORECAST FOR FRIDAY 5 MARCH - TEMPERATURES PLUNGE 10C AND SNOW LOOMS

    UK weather forecast for Friday 5 march - Temperatures plunge 10C and snow looms
  • FEBRUARY 'WAS A MONTH OF TWO HALVES' SAYS FORECASTER

    Data compiled by the Met Office shows it was the hottest day of the year so far and winter's warmest.

    Dr Mark McCarthy, head of the Met Office's National Climate Information Centre, said it was a month of two halves.

    He said: "February 2021 has seen a wide temperature range resulting from the two predominant weather patterns.

    "The first half of February saw some bitterly cold easterlies originating from Russia.

    "Recent days have seen the influence of air coming from the Canary Islands."

  • DAYS ARE STARTING TO GET LONGER, DESPITE COLD SPRING WEATHER

    Despite the cold weather, the days are starting to get longer.

    Brits can expect to gain 25 minutes of daylight over the next week, according to the Met Office.

    Last month saw the warmest and coldest temperatures of winter, according to statistics revealed on Tuesday.

    The mercury dropped to a bone-chilling -23C on February 11 as the Beast from the East battered the nation.

    But just days later on February 24 the nation warmed up and was bathed in 18.4C heat and glorious sunshine. 

  • MET OFFICE WARNS OF 'FROSTY SATURDAY MORNING'

    The Met Office has warned it will be a frosty morning on Saturday, and temperatures could drop as low as -10C in some sheltered glens.

    Met Office forecaster Dean Hall said: "It's going to turn much colder by the end of the week.

    "An Arctic air mass is moving in from Iceland, drawing in colder north easterly winds. It'll lead to overnight frosts quite widely.

    "It will, however, remain dry and settled, just pretty chilly.

    "We're looking at day-time temperatures for most of between 6C and 8C."

  • TEMPERATURES SET TO PLUMMET THIS WEEKEND

    Meanwhile, temperatures are set to plummet this weekend as Britain is hit by another deep freeze.

    The spring-like warm weather will be short-lived as the mercury drops to -10C in some areas.

    Lockdown-weary Brits flocked to seasides and parks at the weekend as the sun finally showed itself.

    Crowds were pictured soaking up the rays after months of rain, wind and snow - and being locked inside.

  • FOG CHAOS 

    'SEVERE' thick fog is expected to cause travel disruption on the roads and in the air today - as mist lingers in London and the South East.

    The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning, with the dense fog set to bring reduced visibility, travel chaos, and flight cancellations this morning.

    Read more here.

  • MET OFFICE: BEST OF SUNSHINE TO BE FOUND IN WALES, SOUTHWEST ENGLAND AND NORTHERN SCOTLAND

    There is still some sunshine around in places this afternoon, according to the Met Office, with latest images from space.

    The weather agency tweeted: "The latest view from space shows that it's a rather cloudy picture for many of us this afternoon.

    "The best of the sunshine can be found across west Wales, southwest England and northern Scotland."

  • PICTURED: BRITS WRAP UP WARM AS COLD SNAP RETURNS

  • 3-1 FOR EASTER SNOW TO FALL

    Leading bookmaker Coral makes it just 3-1 for snow to fall anywhere in the UK over the Easter weekend this year as temperatures drop.

    Coral now go just 2-1 that this March ends as the coldest on record.

    "We enjoyed a balmy February but the warm temperatures have left us and now we are looking at a cold March, and even a snowy Easter," said Coral's Harry Aitkenhead.

    "There's a strong chance that this March will be our coldest ever, as temperatures continue to plummet," added Aitkenhead.

  • OUTLOOK FOR SECOND HALF OF MARCH

    The Met Office’s long range forecast for the second half of March says: “Settled conditions are likely at the start of the period, though Atlantic frontal systems may make more progress across the country at times, introducing occasional wetter weather.

    “This may be associated with near normal to colder than normal conditions for a time.

    “After this however, a trend towards more unsettled conditions through the middle part of March is signalled with spells of rain / showers but with some drier interludes.

    “Rain perhaps becoming more confined to the north and west later with the south and east seeing some more prolonged settled periods.

    “Temperatures most likely to remain around or a little above average.

    “Whilst there are no signals for prolonged cold, some brief colder intervals continue to remain possible.”

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