Big freeze to follow rain as cold snap looms
A record-breaking spell of wet and unseasonably mild weather is set to come to an end with the arrival next week of freezing temperatures from the icy north, forecasters said.
After a chilly start rain is expected to sweep across the UK today before the onset of a cold snap that could see temperatures fall to -10C (14F) in some parts.
The Met Office issued a severe weather warning of ice across Scotland into this morning and urged drivers to take care.
Parts of Aberdeenshire are slowly recovering from flooding that saw dozens of homes evacuated, while wet weather and freezing temperatures brought the hazard of ice on the roads for many parts.
A yellow warning of rain is in place across the South West, where showers are expected through Saturday and into Sunday, raising the risk of localised flooding in areas where the ground is already saturated.
Multiple bands of rain will move northwards across England on Saturday night, before slowing down over the far north of Scotland on Sunday where a yellow warning of rain is in place until 6am on Sunday.
From Monday temperatures are expected to tumble as skies clear.
Forecaster Daniel Panton-King said: "From Tuesday night and into Wednesday temperatures will fall close to freezing quite widely over northern England, the Midlands and Wales.
"In some areas of the Cairngorms or Grampians this could drop to minus 10C Wednesday night and into Thursday."