Cold and unsettled conditions forecast for UK next week – Met Office explains if Arctic blast is on its way

Cold and unsettled conditions forecast for UK next week – Met Office explains if Arctic blast is on its way
As December looms, temperatures are expected to drop and the potential of snow is always on the horizon (Photo: Shutterstock)

As December looms, temperatures are expected to drop and the potential of snow is always on the horizon.

And with the weather already turning drastically cooler, questions of the UK being hit by heavy snow are already on the horizon.

Here’s what the Met Office said will be in store.

‘Unsettled weather conditions’

The weather at the moment is fairly unsettled, with Met Office weather warnings for rain currently in place.

Met Office spokesman, Oliver Claydon, explains that the weather at the moment is “unsettled” but “relatively mild,” with low pressure meaning that these wet and windy conditions will continue into next week.

Chillier conditions to come

Mr Claydon added that there are “some signs” that the end of next week could see colder conditions creep in, but this would be primarily in the north of the UK, with southern areas set to be warmer.

However, there is a level of “uncertainty” in regards to this due to the current number of low pressure systems.

The Met Office outlook for Tuesday 26 November to Thursday 5 December explains that there will be a “colder to start Tuesday with rain spreading from the west, although many staying dry.

“Remaining unsettled through the rest of next week as weather systems move east or northeast across the UK, bringing bands of rain, interspersed by brighter, showery interludes.”

Umbrella and rain
The weather at the moment is fairly unsettled, with Met Office weather warnings for rain currently in place (Photo: Shutterstock)

Is it going to snow?

Although an arctic blast is not currently set to hit the UK, Mr Claydon explains that there could be “some hill snow” in parts.

However, this is to be confined to the north of the UK, primarily in areas of Scotland, and will be at the normal levels expected as we head into December.

The Met Office outlook for Tuesday 26 November to Thursday 5 December adds: “Snow is likely on northern hills at times, more especially later in the period.

“Confidence becomes relatively low by early December but there is a chance of it turning colder again with frost/fog in the North and unsettled weather persisting further south.”

This article was originally published on our sister site, Yorkshire Evening Post.