UK braces for ‘Arctic Dome’ with Scandinavian blast risking freeze this weekend

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Sadly many Brits are under the illusion that because it's Spring the milder and warmer weather is on the way.

However, if the weather over the next few days is anything to go by then we may need to re-calibrate expectations.

It was actually only three weeks ago that we were all still officially in Winter and this weekend many of us are going to get a reminder from the frosty season that it's is not quite done with us yet.

Over the coming week, blasts of subzero temperatures will shoot down from Scandinavia meaning things could start to feel a lot colder.

Freezing cold air on Saturday, March 20, could mean you need your woolies in London, Kent, Southampton and Bath this weekend according to the Daily Express.

The south eastern regions are going to feel the brunt of it with temperatures in the south of England plummeting to 0C.

Further north, Yorkshire and Manchester could be slightly warmer at 2C, while Cumbria in the north west could see 4C on the same day.

And Scotland will feel like the Algarve of the UK when locals bathe in highs of 7C.

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The latest models from WXCHARTS also show blue and white swirls of cold air moving towards the north and east of Britain from a northerly direction from Scandinavia.

Brian Gaze, a forecaster at Weather Outlook, warned the chillier weather could hit south eastern regions from today.

Snow could even hit parts of England as early as Friday, the Met Office has warned.

The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said earlier: “It will feel more like winter than spring, with polar air expected in coming weeks.

“Snow could settle, particularly in the South-East from Friday, with -5C lows in the South in the second half of the week.”

His forecast for the rest of this week said: "The next few days bring dry weather to much of the UK but central and eastern England have some rain.

"Daytime temperatures in the north and west stay above the seasonal average but it will be chillier near to the east coast and in south eastern counties."

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The BBC's forecast between Wednesday, March 17 and Sunday, March 21, predicted cold air to head over from Scandinavia over the next few days.

"These winds will bring in some colder air from Scandinavia too, but only in the south-east of the UK.

"High pressure will remain in place throughout the rest of the working week and the weekend, keeping things mostly dry but with plenty of cloud around at times.

"A north-south temperature contrast is likely to develop into the weekend.

"The the south and south-east of England to see below-average temperatures while the rest of the country is near or a bit above average."

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