Monday, March 4

Britain set to be colder than Moscow as temperatures plunge to -8C



Britain is set to be colder than Moscow tomorrow as an horrendous start to spring sees -8C (18F) lows, four inches snow and ice – less than a week after Storm Doris caused UK-wide devastation.

And an even bigger bigger polar plunge chill is due next week with two colder-than-average months forecast.

The Met Office has forecast -8C lows tomorrow and on Wednesday morning – the first day of spring – coldest in Scotland but with -6C as far south as Wales.

That will make Britain colder than Moscow, which will see 1C lows.

Government weathermen predicted up to an inch of snow by Wednesday morning on hills in the South-West and West, and up to four inches in Scotland, with more snow in the North from Friday.

Ice warnings are expected every night until the weekend as heavy rain soaking many parts freezes.

Gales are also due in the South tomorrow and on Friday and Saturday, at up to 50mph.

An horrendous start to spring was forecast by The Weather Outlook.

Met Office forecaster Helen Roberts said: It’s an unsettled and colder start to spring.

Tuesday and Wednesday mornings see -8C possible locally in Scotland and -6C in Wales, with Britain widely below freezing on Tuesday morning. Ice warnings through the week are likely.

Heavy, blustery showers will certainly be wintry on Tuesday, with 2cm of snow down to between 100m and 300m in the West, with up to 10cm in Scotland.

Gale-force gusts are possible in the south coast on Tuesday, and again on Friday night and Saturday, with 50mph gusts possible.

The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: Forecasts suggest an horrendous start to spring.

This week looks very unsettled, with wet and windy spells for all regions, sometimes possibly stormy, with snow over higher ground in the North.

Next week, Britain is facing another -8C (18F) polar plunge.

The Met Office said Britain is threatened by a more widespread cold spell, with snow in the East and North.

Cold polar air risks flooding south, consultant meteorologist Matt Hugo said.

A very cold and snowy spell threatens, The Weather Outlook said, warning of winter’s sting in the tail.

The Weather Company forecast two months colder-than-average conditions for March and April.

A Met Office forecaster said: From Friday to March 12, snow is likely over northern hills.

Temperatures will be rather cold at times in the North.

There is the possibility of a more widely settled colder period, perhaps giving wintry showers in the East and North.

Last week, Storm Doris caused widespread damage to large swathes of the UK with 100mph winds.