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UK weather POLAR FREEZE: Britain to get SNOW NEXT WEEK as icy Arctic gales blast in

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BRITAIN is about to freeze with sub-zero temperatures, frosts and even snow forecast NEXT WEEK as latest GEFS models show a huge blast of freezing air inbound to the UK. A bitter Polar Plunge will push thermometers to -4C (24.8F) across Scotland and the north with lows of between 0C and 4C (39.2F) further south.

Halloween revellers will be wrapping up for a chilly evening of trick or treating with the mercury set to plummet on the spookiest night of the year. This will pave the way for weeks of Arctic conditions and even snowstorms as Atlantic low-pressure

systems clash with Polar air. The cold spell will follow an unusually mild period with balmy winds from the south forecast through to the weekend Parts of the country, especially those in the south, could nudge 20C (68F) by Friday with highs in double

figures elsewhere. However it is all change on Saturday with a swathe of freezing air from the North Pole poised to engulf the country. Early weather models show snow coating Scotland and parts of northern England towards the middle of next week.

Wintry flurries could also fall as far south as Wales, The Midlands, Northern Ireland and the West Country. The Met Office said the rest of this week will be unusually mild before Polar air arrives at the weekend. Forecaster Marco Petagna warned to expect

frosts next week with snow possible over high ground in Scotland. He said: “It is going to stay mild especially across the south through this week and we could see 19C (68F). “We have high pressure to the south and low pressure to the north and

this is allowing tropical maritime air in from the Atlantic. “From the weekend we go into a colder northwesterly airstream and a waving weather front gets pushed to the south allowing Polar Maritime air in. “We could see a touch of frost at the weekend

even though there will be brighter skies and there is the chance of snow over the hills in northern Scotland next week.” It is the latest twist in Britain’s topsy-turvy weather which has seen violent storms followed by almost spring-like warmth.

Britain was this time last week buffering the rage of tropical storm Ophelia before Brian arrived just days later. Hurricane-force gales hammered Ireland and western parts of the UK during both assaults before giving way to a calmer weekend. A huge region of high pressure to the south of Britain with low pressure to the north has allowed settled conditions to establish across the country. Temperatures hit 19C (68F) in Exeter and the south yesterday with similar figures on the cards for the next couple of days. However forecasters warn to make the most of the mild weather with cold winds and the first snow of the season just days away. Exacta Weather’s James Madden said Scotland will be first in the firing line before wintry conditions creep southwards. He said: “By the weekend we will see a colder envelope of air encroaching across the north of the country and this will give us some notably cold nights and the first ground frosts. “We could also see some showers or moderate rain developing and this could deliver the first wintry showers of the season across higher ground. “This tickle of cold weather for the weekend will pave the way for further cold into November and could meet stormy conditions.