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Brits should brace for a cold and snowy period from Sunday onwards, meteorologists have warned.
A week of unseasonably mild weather — which has seen daytime temperatures hover around a mild 15C in many parts of the UK — is set to be replaced by a deep chill, according to the latest forecasts.
A large area of low pressure will bring menacing rain down from the north from Saturday onwards.
The Arctic blast moving in from the north will then send the mercury plummeting, forecasters say, with up to nine inches of snow possible over high ground, especially in Scotland.
By Monday overnight temperatures will be just above freezing in London and Edinburgh, and according to Met Office will likely feel even colder.
The BBC Weather outlook for the rest of the month reads: "A surge of colder Icelandic air will spill across the UK over the final ten days of November and linger into the first few days of December."
"The most prominent drivers of this pattern will be high pressure in the Atlantic and a trough over Continental Europe."
There are no weather warnings in place today (Friday 19).
Meanwhile, the Met Office has upgraded its snow forecast for the coming weeks, as the UK looks set to be blasted by more Arctic flurries.
Previously, the forecasters had teased a "slight risk" of widespread "wintry showers", but as temperatures continue to drop they have had to alter their prediction.
Odds at the bookies for a White Christmas have been slashed as a result as it looks increasingly likely that there will be blankets of the white stuff on December 25, for the first time since 2010.
The Met Office's long range forecast, covering November 27 to December 11, says that "short-lived colder spells are likely" and will bring "snow and ice", particularly in northern regions.
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