The UK is bracing itself for the coldest Halloween in almost 100-years next week. Freezing air from the Arctic will engulf the entire nation over the coming days pushing temperatures well below freezing by the weekend.
In addition, Scotland and northern England are on alert for snow, with latest forecasts hinting at wintry showers even hitting as far south as London. Blizzards and ‘significant’ snowfall will bring an early winter blast as forecasters warn extreme cold will stick around for weeks.
Exacta Weather forecaster James Madden said: “Snow showers are now likely to be seen in parts as far south as London, Wales, and parts of central England towards the end of this week. More significant snow and blizzards are likely to develop across higher ground during this period and some lower levels are also likely to see wintry showers developing widely, particularly, but not restricted to parts of northern England.”
The mercury will plummet lower still after the weekend, with ground temperatures of -7C (19.4F) forecast in areas of the country by the middle of next week.
He added: “A continuation of this wintry weather will continue after the weekend and there will be further peppering of snow showers in the run up to Halloween and into the first part of next month.
It could be the coldest Halloween since the record chiller of 1926 when thermometers hit -10.6C (12.92F) in Wolfelee, on the Scottish Borders.