© North News & Pictures LtdTwo young boys enjoying one of the first snow falls of winter in Teesdale, County Durham. Forecasters are predicting a plunge in temperatures and more significant snowfalls across much of the country
Britain is set to shiver in temperatures as low as minus ten this week with 'significant' snow falls hitting the country, the Met Office warn.
The last time the mercury plummeted this low was in March - at the summit of a Scottish mountain.
The north and the east of the country are in line for heavy snow, although forecasters say this could spread across Britain as we head to the weekend.
For the start of the week temperatures will be average, with daytime highs of seven or eight Celsius.
But as December nears this will fall, with a north easterly wind battering the coast and bringing showers with it.
Rural parts of the country could see overnight temperatures as low a -10C, said Met Office forecast Alex Fox.He said: 'The last time temperatures reached that low was on the night of the 9th and 10th of March this year at the top of Braemar, a mountain in Scotland that's 1,000ft above sea level.That gives us an idea of how cold things are going to get.
'With these conditions there's an increased chance we could see snow, especially in northern and eastern parts of the country.
'And some places could get a significant amount of snow as we head towards the end of week.'
'We are getting closer and closer to December in that transition phase. At the moment temperatures are about average but over the next few days this will definitely get colder.
'We will still see showers, although not heavy rain, on Monday and Tuesday in some parts of the country.
'But by the end of the week this could have turned to snow hitting the south by late Wednesday, early Thursday and staying until the weekend.'
© North News & Pictures LtdMotorcyclists taking a slow drive in one of the first snow falls of winter in Teesdale, County Durham
© Press AssociationSnow and thick fog on the Northumberland boarders as temperatures drop and more snow is forecasted during the next week
© Press Association'But by the end of the week this could have turned to snow hitting the south by late Wednesday, early Thursday and staying until the weekend'
© Press AssociationPeople enjoy ice skating at Somerset House Ice Rink, Strand in London during the launch of the Somerset House Big Ice Dance Workout
Looks like Europe is in for trouble weather-wise. Next weekend, freezing temps, snow and maybe even storms at the same time. The Jet stream appears to have stopped or broken down over Europe. Check out this image:
You see the UK and Ireland, Northern France, Germany etc. and Scandinavia in the bottom center? Usually the Jet stream goes straight across Northern Europe acting as a buffer against the freezing Arctic weather. But now it has looped down over Spain with another arm over North Africa. Apparently that has never happened before.
Here's an image from the US earlier this year:
It's the same deal, "chilly air forced southward" because of a distortion in the normal flow of the Jet stream. Thing is, that happened over North America in June, it's happening over Europe in winter.
Here's an article with a video explaining what happened in India, Russia and China this year as a result of a similar strange break down/up of the Jet Stream (ignore the 'global warming' nonsense).Russian Drought, Pakistan Floods, Chinese Landslides All Linked To Bizarre Jet Stream Change