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The first icy weather of autumn overnight and into Monday’s rush hour looks set to herald one of the coldest winters ahead across Britain for the past five years.
The freeze into Monday morning will see temperatures drop to 0C with motorists waking up to find frozen windscreens as everyone sets off to work and school – and there could be snow on hills within days.
But this will be nothing compared to the long-term wintry picture painted by Todd Crawford, chief meteorologist at The Weather Company, who said: “We expect the coldest winter in the UK since 2012-13 – temperatures plummeting to -11C.
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“We expect extended spells with a ridge of pressure in the North Atlantic, especially in early winter.
“This forces the jet stream up to the Arctic and back down into Europe, releasing Arctic high pressure from near the Pole directly into northern Europe, with colder-than-normal temperatures.”
December and January are both forecast to be colder than normal, with all areas of the UK, including the south, being affected.
AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alan Reppert said: “Snow and ice will be a much higher threat this winter, and could affect London.
“There is a higher-than-normal potential for temperatures below -10C further north, and also cold temperatures further south.”
The Met Office has said it expects a cold start to November but later this week there will be higher temperatures before they fall away again.
Monday is expected to have hazy sunshine in many areas, becoming cloudier towards evening with maximum temperature 10C.
It will be breezy and milder through Tuesday and Wednesday with some showery rain in places. Cooler again on Thursday, with rain clearing southeast to give bright or sunny spells.