UK weather forecast: Temperature plunges to -4C with freezing start to December

Freezing temperatures are forecast for December (Image: PA)

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Temperatures will plunge as low as -4C on Sunday ahead of a freezing start to December.

The bone chilling start to the day is forecast for north eastern parts of Scotland, and while it will warm up during the day it signals the beginning of a cold snap for most of the UK next week.

Met Office forecasts say it will get colder across the country as the week goes on and winter gets underway.

Temperatures will average just 3C or 4C every day and by the end of the week they will drop to as low as 0C in central Scotland.

Brits will need to wrap up warm elsewhere on Friday too, with the mercury hitting lows of 2C in eastern parts of Wales, 3C in the Midlands and 2C-3C in the north of England.

The minimum temperature on Sunday could be as low as -4C, and 0C by the end of next week
(Image: PA)

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Sunday will be a grey and misty day for most places in the UK, although north-eastern Scotland could see some sunny spells.

Parts of west Wales and south-western England could also experience some sunshine during the day.

The Met Office said the weather will be "rather cold for most places, with generally cloudy weather and light winds" on Sunday.

The minimum temperature in Scotland could be as low as -4C today, early on at least.

Sunday will be cloudy and misty for most of the UK
(Image: Met Office)

A Met Office forecaster said: "During the night we will see clouds around with some fog over the hills.

"There will be some patchy rain too across southern Scotland and north-east England, with clearer skies across central and north-east mainland Scotland."

Fog will only lift later in the morning, followed by rain in the north of England spreading throughout the end of the weekend.

Foggy scenes will be found in much of Britain today
(Image: PA)

More miserable rain will bring gloomy conditions to the north on Monday and the wet weather will continue throughout the week, amid lower than average temperatures for this time of year.

The Met Office's long range forecast says: "Temperatures may start off near normal, though often feeling colder in windier and wetter spells.

"Below normal temperatures are then slightly more likely for later in the period."

At the beginning of December average temperatures will be around 3C or 4C
(Image: Met Office)

MET OFFICE OUTLOOK Today

Dull, grey and misty for many, although sunny spells across north-eastern Scotland and also some sunshine possible over parts of west Wales and southwest England. Rain into far north-west later.

Tonight

Remaining cloudy and misty across most of England and Wales. Rain moving south and east across Scotland and Northern Ireland through the night.

Monday

Outbreaks of rain, heavy at times over western hills, moving south across the UK. Clearer, brighter weather to follow across Scotland and later northern England, with scattered showers in east.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday

Fine and cold start for many Tuesday, before cloudier and milder weather spreads from the west later. Rain clears east Wednesday; sunshine and blustery showers, wintry later, follows. Becoming colder.

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