UK weather: ‘Plunge of cold Arctic air’ could sweep across nation next week

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The UK could see a significant cold spell next week, according to a Sky News weather expert.

The weather has been very mild recently, with the first half of November seeing temperatures well above average, by more than 2C in many parts of Britain.

But this is all set to change over the weekend.

Rain will spread south on Saturday, allowing colder conditions to move in from the north, according to Sky News weather producer Joanna Robinson.

On Sunday, temperatures will be a little below average across most of the UK and it will feel noticeably chillier.

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Rain is expected early in the day in southern areas, but it will clear to make way for a mostly dry and sunny day.

Temperatures are likely to pick up a little early next week, before potentially seeing a more significant cold spell from Wednesday.

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"Exactly how cold it gets will depend on where the area of high pressure sits," said Ms Robinson. "If it's just to the west of the UK and Ireland it will bring a plunge of cold Arctic air across us."

Early morning fog forms over a view looking westward across London at sunrise.

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Early morning fog forms over a view looking westward across London at sunrise, in January

But, she made clear it is too early to say whether there will be any snow later next week.

In the Met Office's outlook for Saturday to Monday, they say, "rain will clear south by Saturday night, with wintry showers following in the north and east".

But, before the weekend, temperatures will remain mild on Friday and most Britons will have a cloudy start to the day, according to the Met Office.

Rain is expected to continue in northwest Scotland, while it will be windy in the north.

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