UK weather – Snow will hit the UK in TWO WEEKS as flurries are forecast across the country after a freezing -5C dip

HEAVY snow could blanket London before the end of January as winter returns, forecasters say.

Temperatures have plummeted across the country after a freak heatwave brought record-breaking heat to the start of the year.

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Winter is returning – with freezing fog forcing visibility to just 50mm today and plenty of snow forecast for the end of the month1 credit
Forecaster WX Charts says millions of people across the country - including in London - will see snow on Sunday January 30

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Forecaster WX Charts says millions of people across the country – including in London – will see snow on Sunday January 30Credit: WX Maps

And before the end of the month, millions of people will see snow amid an icy outburst in the Arctic, it is believed.

WX Charts predicts snow will fall in Scotland on Friday January 28 before moving south, reaching Newcastle at 6pm that day.

The following day winter showers will brush East Anglia early in the morning.

Swathes of the country between Aberdeen and Hampshire – including the capital – will then see snow on Sunday January 30, according to forecasts.

However, before then it is likely to remain clear and cold for the most part, forecasters say.

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Temperatures will drop to -5C today as the Met Office issues a yellow warning for heavy fog stretching from south-east across central England towards Tyne and Wear.

BBC Breakfast meteorologist Tomasz Schafernaker warned of “very dense fog” with visibility falling to just 50mm in the worst affected locations.

“It’s freezing today. There’s also a lot of fog today,” he said.

“It’s something we’ve had for a few days with high pressure.

“The fog is really very dense. Obviously there is only 50-100mm in central and eastern England over the next few hours.”

And meteorologist Aidan McGivern said “stubborn patches of fog” could linger all day.

VISIBILITY DROPS TO 50 MM

His colleague Dan Stroud said the coming week will be “dominated by high pressure”.

“That means there’s a lot of quiet time ahead,” he said.

“Monday will be a generally sunny day for many people in England and Wales, but fog and frost are becoming a bit of an issue on Tuesday.

“There will also be enough wind in the far north.

“That sets the stage for the majority of next week.

“There is a risk of something a little colder brushing past the far north and east of Scotland, but beyond that the high will continue to dominate.

“It will be mostly dry and settled, although there will be plenty of frost and fog which will be rather slow to dissipate in places.”

The Met Office’s longer-term forecast suggests ‘colder interludes’ between January 29 and mid-February – although temperatures are ‘slightly above average’.

A band of white stuff will move south from the Highlands of Scotland the last weekend in January, it is believed

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A band of white stuff will move south from the Highlands of Scotland the last weekend in January, it is believedCredit: LNP
And it will fall as far south as the Hampshire coast

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And it will fall as far south as the Hampshire coast
However, before the Arctic blast hits Britain, it is likely to remain cold and bright for the next two weeks.

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However, before the Arctic blast hits Britain, it is likely to remain cold and bright for the next two weeks.Credit: Stephen Huntley/HVC
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