UK's weather forecast
According to Sky News, Thursday will be colder and breezier, with showery rain in the North spreading south across much of Britain.
Early heavy showers across southeast England will soon clear. Looking further ahead, Friday will be mainly fine, if rather cold after a frosty start.
BBC Weather have forecast thundery showers to strike the UK as temperatures drop.
The UK is bracing itself for bitterly cold temperatures towards the end of this week, with a cold-weather system from Greenland and Iceland sending the mercury plummeting below freezing in large parts of the country, Express reported.
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On Wednesday morning, weather maps from WXCHARTS quickly turn icy blue as the cold weather front quickly sweeps in across the country. Minimum temperatures are forecast to fall to as low as freezing in Scotland, as well as in the north east and north west of England, and to as low as 3C in southern parts of the country. The mercury will recover throughout the afternoon as minimum temperatures rise to as high as 11C in and around London and the south coast, but barely hitting 2C in southern areas of Scotland.
However, the bitterly cold weather really begins to bite heading into Wednesday evening, with minimum temperatures in some parts of the UK threatening to plummet below freezing in an unwanted start to spring.
The mercury will fall to freezing in large parts of Scotland, and heading from the evening into the early hours of Thursday, the weather map from WXCHARTS quickly turns icy blue, with -1C forecast in a small part of north west England.
Thursday afternoon will remain bitterly cold, with minimum temperatures struggling to break through the freezing barrier and hitting just 5C in parts of southern England.
But the mercury quickly plummets heading into the evening, falling to as low as -2C in some parts of Scotland while during the early hours of Friday and heading into that morning, mush of the UK map from WXCHARTS returns to the dreaded icy blue colour.
|UK snow forecast: Minimum temperatures are set to plummet this week (Image: WXCHARTS / GETTY)|
Minimum temperatures will nosedive to as low as -4C in areas of northern Scotland and to just -3C in some parts of Wales, while struggling to get above freezing around London and areas of southern England.
While minimum temperatures will warm slightly by just a few degrees throughout the afternoon, much of the weather map from WXCHARTS again turns icy blue, with the mercury plummeting to just -2C in larges swathes of the country.
The early hours of Saturday morning will remain bitterly cold, with minimum temperatures remaining below freezing for most of the country until the early part of the afternoon.
Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern warned of a dramatic change in temperatures during Thursday evening and heading into Friday as "winter bites back".
He said while presenting the forecaster's look for the week ahead: "This is a marked cold front and we're going to see a big temperature difference as cold air spreads across the country during Thursday night and into Friday."
"These blue colours returning, so winter bites back, you could say on Friday, but it is biting back with high pressure across the UK, so it will be a dry day for the vast majority."
Netweather meteorologist Jo Farrow warned of a cold front from Greenland that will bring showers from the north that will turn wintry and then to snow, with flurries on lower levels and a few centimetres over the Scottish mountains and the top of the Pennines.
These sleet and snow flurries could even reach down to the North York Moors while a bitterly cold wind will being a "distinct chill by day and there will be a widespread frost on Thursday night".
She said: "High pressure then builds down from Greenland and a cold front will bring showers from the north which turn wintry and then to snow. There will be flurries to lower levels and a few cms over the Scottish mountains and tops of the Pennines. The sleet and flurries will reach down to the North York Moors."
"The cold north to NE wind will bring a distinct chill by day and there will be a widespread frost on Thursday night. More settled again by Friday with the high above us. Bright and fair but beware of that cold NE wind."
|UK snow forecast: et Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern warned of a dramatic change in temperatures (Image: MET OFFICE )|
BBC Weather presenter Louise Leah warned temperatures could drop to "below where they should be for some at this time of the year".
She said an area of high pressure will sweep in from Iceland heading into Thursday "with temperatures barely getting into double digits".
The forecaster said: "The weather as we go through this week is still going to be dominated by areas of high pressure, but where the high pressure tends to sit will have a dramatic impact on the feel of things. We started off this week with blue skies, spring sunshine and 15C."
"But as the week progresses, there will be more persistent low cloud and fog which will linger, and the temperatures are going to slowly ease away, perhaps below where they should be for some at this time of the year."
She continued: "Moving out of Wednesday into Thursday, another area of high pressure now starts to build in from Iceland and it is going to drive its way into the northern half of the country through Thursday."
"The wind will change to north-easterly, and push that mild air out of the way. Look at the differences of the feel of the weather on Thursday - it is noticeably cooler right across the country, with temperatures barely getting into double digits."
"That high pressure stays with us Thursday into Friday, squeezing the yellow tones back into the near continent, which means the risk of it falling into the cool side during the first week of March continues. We could have some low cloud and a bit of a problem with low fog and again those temperatures are disappointing."
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On March 4
According to Weather Online, Thursday is set to be a cold day for many. A cold front will be bringing a few showery outbreaks of rain to Scotland, northern and eastern England through the morning. This then edges south into the Midlands and East Anglia as well as Northern Ireland through the afternoon. Broken cloud and mostly dry further south with a few bright spells. Sunny skies arriving through Scotland and north east England. Yet colder air will follow with the brighter skies in the north. Highs at 4C in northeast Scotland, widely 6 to 8C, but 10C in southwest England and southwest Ireland.
Rain clearing the south-east, with fog and low cloud slowly lifting to allow limited brightness. Showers in the north moving south, then some sunny spells, Met Office reported.
Outlook for Friday to Sunday
Fine and dry with sunny spells, but cold with some hard night frosts. Cloud and rain pushing into the far northwest and west later Saturday and into Sunday.
Europe's weather forecast
A scattering of showers in central parts of Spain on Wednesday. Fair for much of Portugal and for the east of Spain. Italy, Corsica and Sardinia are likely to be dry too with plenty of sunshine. Fair for Greece, more sunshine here. Breezy and sunny in the west of Turkey but some showers and rain in eastern Turkey, this extending into Cyprus too.
Showers across northern and northwestern France. Fair in the south and east of France. Dry with sunny spells in the Low Countries. Germany and Poland should be fair with more sunshine to come here. Staying fair in Hungary, Austria and Switzerland with morning fog slowly clearing.
|BBC Weather: Much of Europe will remain dry with the strong wind and drop in temperature (Image: BBC)|
Denmark will have some good spells of sunshine. Breezy with sunny spells across the Baltic States and southern Sweden too. Breezy with rain and sleet in Finland. Breezy with some snow showers in northern Sweden. Rain, sleet and snow in central and northern Norway. Fair in the south.
On March 4
According to Weather Online, rain, heavy at times in Portugal. Showers in northern Spain. Fair in eastern, central and southern parts of Spain. Some showers in the Balearics and Sardinia. Italy should be fair with good spells of sunshine here. Turkey will be fine with more sunshine here.
An area of rain through central and southern France, this being rather showery. Drier in northern France and feeling cold. Staying cold across the Netherlands and northern Germany as well as northern Poland. Rain in central and southern Poland. Hungary and Austria should be dry with sunny spells. Rain in Switzerland.
Cold in Denmark with dry weather and sunny spells. Scattered snow showers for the Baltic States and Finland. Staying cold across Sweden too. Frequent snow showers in northern and western Norway, drier and brighter to the south.
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