After a relatively mild start to the year, particularly in the south-east, the UK has seen a drop in temperatures in recent days.
Some may be hoping that we have already left behind the coldest days of winter, since we are already in mid-January and not far from spring.
But veteran meteorologist Jim Dale warned the worst was yet to come.
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“Winter is not over,” he told The Express, adding that the “coldest parts of the year” can be expected after January 25.
He said: “As we approach the end of the month – the coldest parts of the year on average – what we see is high pressure moving away from the south and west, allowing a northeasterly air stream to enter.
“It could well start bringing snow events towards the latter stages of the month – so the last week of January.”
Mr Dale said he was referring to January 25-28.
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He explained that this period is “increasingly likely” to see snow in parts of the country, including the Highlands and Grampians and on this east coast.
But what can Londoners expect to see in the capital during this time?
According to the meteorologist, it all depends on where the wind is blowing.
“The extent to which that actually happens, and whether or not we get a proper dive, depends on a little battle going on,” he said.
“Is it ending in Denmark, Germany or is the surge being felt and affecting the eastern parts of the UK and up to the London area?”
According to BBC Weather, while the weather in London from January 25-28 won’t be particularly pleasant, there won’t be any snow this far south.
Temperatures will hover around 8°C, with the hottest day only reaching 9°C. The days will be mostly cloudy and gray, while on January 27, light rain showers are expected.
If there’s one thing Mr Dale is sure of, it’s that the UK is only ‘halfway’ and ‘the coldest part of the year is normally in late January and February”.
Meanwhile, the UK should see milder temperatures and increased cloud cover over the next week, but could also see fog, mist and ice, the meteorologist added.
The Met Office five-day forecast for the UK warns that fog will become “fairly widespread and possibly dense, particularly for central and eastern parts of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. North more cloudy and less cold”.
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