UK weather forecast – Week of snow, rain and 'severe gales' after mild weekend

The Pennines will be hit with up to 20cm of snow on Tuesday night potentially sparking travel chaos for thousands on Wednesday morning.

Northern parts of the Pennines will get covered in the most snow as rain moves across cold air and temperatures plummet to below freezing.

Meanwhile, other parts of the UK will be hit with showers as rain continues to spread eastwards across the country today.

It comes as frost swept across parts of Scotland this morning while temperatures rose up to 14C in the London area – four degrees above the December average.

But parts of Northern Ireland and Scotland will be hit by “heavy bursts” of rain throughout the day.

Sarah Kent, a meteorologist at the Met Office, told The Sun Online: “There were a few bright spells across the northern half of the UK this morning.

“But it will turn into a cloudy day and there will be heavy bursts of rain in Northern Ireland and parts of southern Scotland.”

There will also be showers in the south but air coming in from the Atlantic could mean highs of 16C in the capital.

People in the north will wake up to frost on Monday morning and there will be showers across the country with a high of 5C in Aberdeen while London will experience a high of 14C.

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But temperatures will drop to below freezing on Tuesday evening and parts of the Pennines will be covered in snow.

Ms Kent added: “It’s going to stay rather unsettled on Tuesday morning. It will be a cold start with hard frost in places and showers in Scotland.

“Elsewhere will be dry but there will be rain coming in from the west.

“On Tuesday night rain will move north and cold air will turn the rain into snow as temperatures drop to below zero.

“We could see 10 possibly 20cm of snow on the highest parts of the Pennines and we need to keep an eye on it.

“People will wake up to see the Pennines looking white on Wednesday morning.

“It will stay unsettled for the rest of the week with further rain and there will be severe gales hitting parts of northern Scotland on Friday.”

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