UK weather forecast: Cold front to lash Britain with a WEEK of torrential downpours

Temperatures reached 17C on Tuesday during what was the warmest day of the year so far. But by the end of this week, temperatures will nosedive to -3C in the UK and cold air will cause rain to pour.

There will be scattered snow showers in the north and east, with the -3C low hitting the south and north.

There will be frost and temperatures of 8-10C for the rest of the UK.

Temperatures are expected to improve next week, bringing much needed warmer temperatures to the UK.

The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “The 18C warmest days of the year are possible before the chill, as floods finally ease.”

Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weather trending said: “The cold air mass ahead is a sting in the tail for winter – but renewed flooding is unlikely.”

Net weather forecaster Nick Finnis warned a cold front will linger in southern regions.

This will cause heavy rain to fall across many regions.

He said: “Outbreaks of rain have moved down across the north and west overnight with a cold front sliding south, bringing a cloudy and damp start to the day across Wales, northern, central and western areas of England, with some patchy light rain or drizzle in places.

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“The cold front has cleared Scotland and Northern Ireland, so here it’s a bright but chilly start, but with a few showers across the north.

“Also the SE of England and East Anglia is off to mostly dry, bright but chilly start ahead of the cloudier skies further northwest, with a few rural spots close to freezing.”

Mr Finnis added more rain will arrive later in the week.

He said: “On Thursday, a cold front will slowly shift southeast across England and Wales on Wednesday, bringing a mostly cloudy day, with a band of patchy rain sliding southeast, though the far southeast of England should stay dry.

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A colder but brighter day for Scotland and Northern Ireland, with sunny spells, but also wintry showers affecting northern and western Scotland along with perhaps northern coastal areas of Northern Ireland.

“Temperatures ranging from 8-10C from the Midlands northwards, but still rather mild across the far south of England south of the cold front moving south, where temperatures could reach the mid-teens.”

Meanwhile, Met Office forecaster John Griffiths said: “Temperatures will be the mildest this year, with a chance of 17C on Tuesday or Wednesday in the South.

“But colder air from near Norway and then from the Baltic Sea spills across the whole country by Friday, until Sunday.

“-3C could be seen in the South and North, with widespread frost and some wintry showers over the North and East.

“But there will be plenty of dry spells this week with much lighter rain than previous weeks. And ahead looks to remain drier, with plenty of sunshine for most.”

On Thursday that cold front sinking south tomorrow will linger close to the far south on Thursday.

This will bring a cloudy day across southern England, with outbreaks of rain.

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