BBC Weather: Temperatures plummet to -4C as Britain FREEZES in wintry blast

BBC Weather meteorologist Matt Taylor said Britons are in for a chilly start of the day as thermometers plunged to subzero temperatures overnight, with Scotland hitting -4C (-24.8C) and southern areas around Oxford recording 0C (32F) on Wednesday morning. The BBC Weather forecaster warned rain and "wintry showers" will give most areas a brief respite in the morning before resuming later in the day as a further wall of showers will start moving into the country during the afternoon. Mr Taylor said: "Lovely and sunny start compared to yesterday but as you already hinted at, it’s pretty chilly out there.

"A bit of a struggle sticking a foot from beyond the duvet, understandable – temperatures in the last hour have been as low as -4C in parts of the Highlands in Scotland but even as far south as Oxford and Llandrindod Wells we’ve got temperatures around freezing at moments.

"That means a touch of frost in the cars, on the grass as you’re about to start the day. Not frosty everywhere, one or two areas it’s actually umbrella weather rather than a big coat – actually, just combine the two to be honest.

"We’ve got some showers around the eastern fringes of Scotland, England and Wales, some heavy rain just pushing into the west of Northern Ireland. That will continue to push it’s way eastward through this morning’s rush hour."

The BBC Weather meteorologist continued: "And the showers across the Welsh and English western coasts – some develop more widely and push in as we go through the day.

"Even if you start with the sunshine, some of you will be coming home from school, work under rain clouds and, if you take a look around, there will be some sunshine around those showers and a chilly day.

"Around 6C-7C across much of Scotland, not much better in Northern Ireland. Outbreaks of rain more widely in Scotland for the end of the afternoon. Some brighter moments but still some rain pushing back into the southwest of Northern Ireland."

Rain is expected to resume over the afternoon over England, the West Midlands and more widely in central England as the weather front hovering over the UK pushes in more showers.

Mr Taylor added: "Wet afternoon for northern England, parts of the Midlands - rain into lighter patches to the central and southern areas.

Latest weather mapping has shown the country is to be split towards the end of the week as a north-south divide will see snow cover regions north of the Midlands, with Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle and areas of Scotland seeing the white stuff.

Despite Belfast being set to experience chilly temperatures of just 1C, no snow has been forecast for Northern Ireland.

Wales, the Midlands and the south of England will not see any snow either as temperatures in the south are expected to remain a mild 10C over the weekend.

This is caused by a huge low-pressure system also responsible for the wet and windy weather at the start of the week is slowly drifting over the UK pulling air down from the north-east.

The storm will pass over Britain over the next day or so leading to clear skies, bitterly cold nights and the risk of morning fog.

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