UK weather: VIOLENT gales to SMASH Britain as Icelandic air bring HEAVY SNOW

UK weather: VIOLENT gales to SMASH Britain as Icelandic air bring HEAVY SNOW

Britain is facing an almost week-long freeze as frosty air from Iceland will cause temperatures to plunge across the nation, forecasters have revealed. The Met Office has warned wind gusts up to 60mph, heavy snow and temperatures below freezing point will batter the UK from tonight onwards. The cold air will continue until Thursday before temperatures are set to rise again.

Met Office meteorologist Marco Petagna told The Sun: “It turns colder on Sunday with air from Iceland, and it certainly looks cold until midweek in the East.

“Widespread frosts and the chance of freezing fog are expected, with Monday morning down to -5C in Scotland and -3C in northern England.

“Gales or severe gales with gusts up to 60mph in the West are expected into the weekend, with further heavy rain - and snow in the North, mainly on hills.”

The freezing weather conditions will also be accompanied by strong winds, threatening to cause widespread damage.

UK WEATHER: 'VIOLENT STORM' TO SMASH INTO BRITAIN AS SEVERE WIND WARNING ISSUED

Especially coastal areas across southwest England will experience severe gales.

Dean Hall, another forecaster from the Met Office also said: "On Sunday it's staying unsettled with more showers and rain, particularly first thing which could be accompanied by strong winds across the south.

"We could see strong gusts of wind.

"Through the day the showers will move away southwards and we will see cold north-westerly flow across the UK.

"It will be a day of sunshine and showers but will certainly feel colder.

"It will be a cold night going into Monday.

“There will be a sharp frost in northern and eastern parts with temperatures of -5 or -6 overnight when there are clear skies."

Meanwhile, bookies have slashed the odds on Aberdeen being the most likely city in the UK to see snow on Christmas Day.

Ladbrokes revealed Aberdeen at 7/4 to wake up to a White Christmas.

London, however, is among the lesser-likely places to see snow on December 25, with figures at 5/1 - a price shared with Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Dublin and Leeds.

Glasgow, Edinburgh and Newcastle’s odds are cut at 5/2 while Manchester’s chance of seeing snow on the ground this Christmas is at 4/1.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "It's not a case of 'if' we'll have a White Christmas, it's now more a case of 'where', according to the latest odds."

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