BBC Weather: UK snow warning - Carol Kirkwood stuns viewers with freezing Arctic forecast

Carol Kirkwood told BBC Breakfast viewers that "things are about to turn very cold" across the country, as she issued a shock snow warning. The BBC weather presenter said that temperatures plunged by more than 10C on average across the UK last week. This comes as the Met Office confirmed that temperatures plunged to -4C overnight as freezing conditions grip the country.

Carol Kirkwood said that today and tomorrow will see a wave of rainfall and cloudy weather, with around 30 flood alerts in place over the UK.

She said: "We have a lot of cloud across the country today. The lion-share of the sunshine will be in southern England.

"Temperatures will range from about 8C to 11C and in the lighter winds it will feel less cold than it did yesterday. But definitely no heatwave just yet.

"For most of us we are not expecting a frost overnight but some of us, in southern England and northern Scotland should expect a touch of frost tonight."

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Kirkwood said that a new weather front from the Arctic will drift into Scotland as we move into Wednesday, which will bring down temperatures and spark a deep freeze.

She explained: "We start off with a lot of cloud but as this front sinks southwards, taking its increasingly patchy rain with it, more cloud will build.

"Temperatures still range between 8C - 11C. But, later the winds will start to strengthen over the north of Scotland.

"Into Thursday, that weather front continues its movement southwards. Not only will it be windy on Thursday it is going to turn colder from the north as well.

Leading bookmakers have even slashed odds on next month to go down as the coldest April on record.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "Last week's high temperatures will soon be a distant memory with record-breaking cold weather seemingly on the way."

The Met Office’s long-range forecast from Friday, April 3, to Sunday, April 12, said that "unsettled conditions" could wreak havoc across the country.

It read: "Towards the middle of April, the weather may turn more changeable with a few days of rain and strong winds alternating with periods of sunshine and showers for much of the UK."

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