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UK Set For Early Winter As Arctic Freeze Heads Straight For Us

UK Set For Early Winter As Arctic Freeze Heads Straight For Us

Just when you thought you'd heard the end of weather-based complaints for another year following the heatwave that gripped Britain throughout the summer months, it looks like we're in for another bout of extreme weather. But this time, temperatures are taking a dip.

Yes, according to recent weather forecasts, the UK is reportedly headed for an early winter freeze, which could see the country hit by cold and frosty winds. Get ready for Brits to switch it up from talks of Furnace Fridays to complaints about Wintery Wednesdays.

The sizzling heat experienced over the last few months might have felt long and testing, but as the winter freeze is set to plunge the country into sub-zero temperatures it could very well leave us longing for the warmth to return.


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The Mirror reports that long-term weather models have suggested things could take a turn for the worse later in October, as a potential Arctic blast could sweep into Europe and bring freezing temperatures, strong wings and frost into the UK, marking an early cold spell to kick off winter.

With this in mind, we'd better make the most of the roller coaster that we call British weather until then. Apparently it's set to be a mixed bag over the next few weeks, with this weekend set for showers and sunny spells across the UK.

A washout is headed for Wales with as much as 40-50mm rain that could potentially hit some areas of the country by Sunday night. Better get the brollies out, folks!

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Rain will continue in central regions of the UK before heading over to Northern Ireland and southern Scotland tonight (September 8), with chilly temps breaking out across north-west Scotland.

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Sunny spells and showers are predicted for Scotland and Northern Ireland tomorrow, while clouds and patchy rain is headed to England and Wales. Next week is forecasted for a divide as the north part of the country will be cold and wet, while the southern areas could potentially enjoy an Indian Summer.

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Sarah Sammy, a forecaster with The Weather Channel, said: "Rain will affect much of the north on Monday, particularly in the northwest. This will gradually extend across Ireland to affect northwest England, Wales and the Midlands during the day.

"The far south and southeast should be drier but cloudy, likewise for the northeast and eastern Scotland in the later afternoon.

"Maximum temperatures will range from 14 to 19C in the north and 15 to 21C in the south."

By Tuesday, the mercury is pitted to rise above average for the time of year across the south, with highs of 24C predicted in London and its surrounding areas.

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In other words, the weather is, as always, yo-yoing like a maniac and all we can suggest is to make the most of the mild to warm temperatures before this alleged Arctic freeze hits in October. Because you know the moment the first snow falls, the UK will go into absolute meltdown. And so the cycle continues.

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Topics: Winter, Weather, climate, Summer, UK, Britain

Daisy Phillipson

Daisy is a UK-based freelance journalist with too many opinions. She loves everything film and music-related and has a track record writing for Little White Lies, BWRC, and Film Daily. Contact her at [email protected]