Temperatures to plummet to -10C this weekend in sudden deep freeze

Temperatures are predicted to plummet this weekend with lows of -10C forecast for parts of the country following a recent spell of unseasonably warm weather.

Less than a month after Britain was hit by a deep freeze when the so-called 'Beast from the East' swept in, the mercury will drop again from Saturday morning.

This week has already seen many Brits shiver in lows of 4C, but thick fog will roll in, and lows of at least -5C are expected along with widespread frosts.

The Met Office has warned Saturday will be a frosty morning on Saturday, with temperatures dropping as low as -10C in some sheltered glens.

Met Office forecaster Dean Hall told The Sun: "It's going to turn much colder by the end of the week.

"An Arctic air mass is moving in from Iceland, drawing in colder northeasterly winds. It'll lead to overnight frosts quite widely.

"It will, however, remain dry and settled, just pretty chilly.

"We're looking at daytime temperatures for most of between 6C and 8C."

Colder spells will grip the UK and are likely to remain until mid-March, with Atlantic frontal systems bringing in colder and wetter weather than usual for the time of year.

It comes after temperatures soared in the past couple of weeks following the mid-February freeze, rising as high as 18C in Weybourne, Norfolk on February 24.

This followed lows of -23C on February 11, in a topsy-turvy month for British weather.

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