COLD SNAP: Freezing temperatures to hit for a week

The Met Office has forecast that snow is likely next week as a long spell of frozen temperatures hits the country. (Stock image)
The Met Office has forecast that snow is likely next week as a long spell of frozen temperatures hits the country. (Stock image)
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We've had a very mild winter so far, but next week is when the big chill descends on the East Midlands.

The Met Office has forecast temperatures to get very chilly over the next seven days.

The weekend will remain relatively mild at around six degrees during in the day, but come Sunday night temperatures will drop to the minus numbers, and by Thursday the 'feel like' temperature in the East Midlands will be as low as minus four degrees centigrade.

The forecast means frost and ice is to come in the evenings, and the cold weather, bringing potential snow and hail, will last well into January before subsiding.

The Met Office said: "A cold spell is expected to be underway around the middle of next week which will most likely last into the weekend across much of the UK.

"The weather will tend to vary day to day, with some dry and sunny periods, but also wintry showers which will occasionally merge to give longer spells of rain, sleet and snow.

"Snow will fall to low levels at times in the north, but also perhaps in the south too. Temperatures will be below average with widespread overnight frosts as well as a risk of icy surfaces.

"As we go through the following week it seems most probable that less cold weather will return as Atlantic weather systems try to move across the country bringing strong winds and outbreaks of rain."