UK weather forecast: Brits freeze as temperature drops to 1C after chilling 70mph winds

Wintery has made an early appearance with temperatures plunging to near zero (Image: Getty Images/National Geographic)

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Brits are set to freeze today as temperatures drop as low as 1C and chilling winds sweep across the country.

Snow, sleet and hail are all potentially on the cards for parts of Northern Scotland, with Wednesday's 17C highs plunging dramatically as winter draws near.

The early hours of Thursday began with a Met Office weather warning as strong winds of up to 70mph battered parts of Scotland until around 3am.

And while the powerful gusts have now eased off, a cold blast of wind is still set to hit parts of the UK for much of the day.

Scotland will see the lowest temperatures of just 1C, but most of the UK won't fare much better with forecasters telling Brits to wrap up warm.

Met office weather warnings for 70mph kicked off Thursday in the early hours

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The south and east of the country will see lows of 2C to 4C, with the northerly winds making it feel even colder until they begin to ease off in the evening.

Met Office forecaster Claire Nasir said: "Over the next 24 hours things turn a lot colder, Wednesday into Thursday,

"There will be significant wind chill particularly in the morning.

"The rain returns to the far north of Scotland, pushing south and that's where the really cold air is.

Scotland has been hit by heavy downpours this week

"It will be a bit showery to start the day and that nagging, persistent wind across more north eastern areas of Scotland and eastern parts of England will continue to see a feed of showers.

"Temperatures will struggle and if you're stepping outside wrap up warm as there's significant wind chill."

The wintery cold comes after two days of Met Office weather warnings for heavy rain, and a miserable weekend for many beset by showers.

One silver lining for now is that the cold snap isn't expected to last long.

The mercury is set to shoot up to double digits by Saturday, much of the country seeing milder temperatures of around 11C or 12C.

Cold winds blowing in from the north will make it feel even colder

MET OFFICE OUTLOOK Thursday:

Sunny spells but also some showers, mainly in coastal areas with some inland areas staying dry and sunny. Much colder than of late and feeling chilly in the wind.

Friday to Sunday:

Outbreaks of rain spreading eastwards on Friday, heavy on western hills.

Blustery showers in the north over the weekend, with a weakening band of rain spreading south across other parts.

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