UK weather forecast: Jet stream jolted to bring bone-chilling Polar blast with heavy snow

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The UK is likely to experience very variable weather over the next month, beginning with warmer weather over the next week before turning much colder from January 5, according to meteorologist Jim Dale. At this point, he said, the UK can expect “a northerly blast”.

Weather forecasting platform WXCharts shows parts of the UK being hit with around two inches (5cm) snow per hour on January 6, with the area between Manchester and Edinburgh being primarily affected.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Dale said: “Then we’re expecting a bit of a northerly blast, an area of low pressure.

“It changes the entire air stream and we get a blast of Polar air, for a few days, and the potential for snow, before even that sort of ebbs away slowly as we go towards the following days.”

But before the UK is hit by the cold, Mr Dale, senior meteorologist at British Weather Services, said the UK might experience what feels like “t-shirt weather”, amid “unusually” warm temperatures.

He said: “The next 20 or so days are very mixed, in terms of both weather and temperature, it will keep switching from one phase of weather into another.

“By that I mean mild – very mild – into cold, even very cold with snow attached.

“A we move towards the new year, we’ll start to lose the snow that’s around on the hills today.

“That will start to recede later today and will be disappearing over the course of tomorrow and certainly by Tuesday gone.

“As we move to the new year, it’s t-shirt weather.

“It might even be, in the south, 14 or 15C maximums on New Year’s Day, for example.

“You put a bit of sunshine with that and that’s tolerable.

“You sometimes see that on a bad July day – you get a poor day in July and it can go in that direction.

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“So that’s rather unusual. But it won’t last.

“It will peel away as we head into the new year until we get to around the 5th and 6th.”

Speaking about the variable weather set to hit the UK, Mr Dale said we should be prepared to expect a range from “t-shirts to toboggans”.

He said: “As you can see it’s a bit of everything.

“It’s t-shirts to toboggans. That’s the way it looks.

“It’s mixed, it’s changeable.

“You’re going to see unusual peaks of temperature and then troughs on the other side of that, within several days.”

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