A chilly snap is on the best way after a weekend of gentle temperatures throughout the UK.
Forecasters have warned that temperatures will plunge towards the tip of January, regardless of above-average figures over the previous few days.
The Met Workplace can’t say whether or not the UK will probably be hit with snow, and rumours of a Beast from the East sequel are usually not confirmed.
Saturday and Sunday will stay gentle, with temperatures hovering at about 8C or 9C (46F or 48F) – above common for this time of 12 months.
However in a few weeks’ time, the temperatures will fall to about 3.5C (38F), beneath the January common.
Sky climate producer Joanna Robinson mentioned: “The remainder of the weekend seems gentle, with temperatures extensively reaching 9C to 11C (48F to 52F) once more on Sunday after a frost-free begin.
“Colder air will transfer into northern Scotland later, with showers there turning more and more wintry.
“Sunday evening will deliver a widespread frost to the north of the UK, with icy stretches attainable.
“Monday seems comparatively colder, however Tuesday and Wednesday will see a restoration in temperatures once more.
“Thereafter, it seems to change into colder throughout the UK as a result of latest stratospheric warming occasion, however temporary milder interludes cannot be dominated out.
“The likeliness of a major chilly spell changing into established in the direction of the tip of the month is rising, however how lengthy that may final and the way a lot snow it could deliver remains to be unsure.”
A Met Workplace spokesman mentioned: “Subsequent week there will probably be colder spells and there might be a little bit little bit of winteriness within the north, however nothing too distinctive for this time of 12 months.
“As we head in the direction of the later a part of January it should flip colder, however there’s nonetheless numerous uncertainty in that forecast about the place any snow will fall.
“The week starting Monday 21 January, there’s a stronger sign of it getting colder, that may improve the danger of snow throughout the UK.”
Forecasters have mentioned the identical climate sample – which sparked final 12 months’s Beast from the East, bringing freezing temperatures and heavy snow – might return.
A sudden stratospheric warming appeared round Christmas, when there was a pointy improve in temperature over a few days.
When this occurs within the Arctic, it could result in a rush of chilly air blowing eastwards throughout Europe just a few weeks later. This brings a lot cooler temperatures throughout the continent.
Temperature maps from the European Fee point out Britain can have temperatures of about 2C to 3C through the second half of January, barely cooler than common for this time of 12 months.
Though the Met Workplace shouldn’t be ruling out a Beast from the East, forecasters consider the climate will probably be steady.
A spokesman added: “There may be nothing within the subsequent week or so that would point out any change just like the Beast from the East.”