A fierce Arctic blast from northern Norway will hit the UK in December with experts warning it will go from “fridge to freezer” weather.
The low pressure system is likely to cause widespread travel problems on days where the UK is already set to be crippled by mass strikes.
Jim Dale from British Weather Services said: “You can feel now it’s starting to get a bit colder but it is just ordinary - I call that no man’s land which we will be in for the next five to six days yet,
A fierce Arctic blast from northern Norway will hit the UK in December with experts warning it will go from “fridge to freezer” weather. WXCHARTS
"In Scandinavia, north of Norway, pressure is starting to go low - and that low elongates and will move towards us carrying the cloud with it but also low pressure bringing precipitation which is bound to be snow. Scotland will be the first to taste this."
Asked when he believes the blast will be at its most prevalent, Mr. Dale said the 10th to the 15th of December, just over a week away.
"It is better to say now than miss it completely. The models are all starting to tell the same story.
"I think what’s happening is the low pressure zone is coming south and through the North Sea. We will see where it goes - whether it will affect the Midlands and south - which at the moment it probably will."
Various rail networks are set to strike from the 13th of December, including RMT and Transport Salaried Staffs Association members.
The low pressure system is likely to cause widespread travel problems on days where the UK is already set to be crippled by mass strikes. WXCHARTS
Mr. Dale went as far as suggesting that it could mean the UK gets a white Christmas.
“That will be the start of scraping the ice off the car - it will go from fridge to freezer which will be turned up a notch putting us in a very strong position for Christmas. That is still some time away - but it does set the scene in the run up.
“The freezing air from Scandinavia will be a catalyst for snow showers - big snow showers. This is December 1 - the first day of winter and it is all nicely timed, it’s interesting times." he told the Express.
Despite this, the mild autumn has kept 2022 on track to be the UK’s hottest year on record, the Met Office has said.
The UK would need a December of near-record cold weather to stop this year ending up as the warmest in records going back to 1884, the meteorologists said.