UK weather forecast: Met Office URGES Britain to brace for FREEZING Arctic air THIS WEEK | Weather | News

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The UK is set to be hit by a shocking weather change as Arctic air will blast the country on Friday taking temperatures down from 21C to 7C. 

A Met Office chart reveals freezing air will reach the UK as soon as Friday threatening some with snowfall.

Met Office Meteorologist Steven Keates also told those in the Orkney and Shetland Islands to prepare for “strong” gale force winds to crash into the islands.

Mr Keates said: “The strength of the wind will keep going across the far north of Scotland with gales likely for a time”.

Mr Keates said that temperatures will hover around 13C in the first half of the week – much colder than the highs of 21C many experienced this weekend.

But as we move into the weekend, bitter temperatures could bring snow in the most Northern parts of the UK.

Mr Keates said: “You may be aware that towards the end of the week, things are turning a little bit colder.

“We could see some snow across our Northern hills by the time we get through to the weekend.”

Predictions for extreme cold over the next two weeks could see Britons wrapping up for an almost unheard of White Halloween.

Areas of Scotland are likely to reach the freezing temperature of -10C, down from a monthly average of 5C.

BBC Weather presenter Alina Jenkins also warned temperatures will plummet towards the end of the week.

She said: “As we go through the end of the week we see this plunge of cold arctic air heading its way down across the UK.

“It’s going to feel much colder later on Friday and into the weekend.

“Some strong winds and a chance we could see some snow over the hills of Scotland and northern England.”

Leading bookmakers have slashed odds to 1-2 that snow will fall in the UK in October.

It was also mentioned that this October could bring the coldest Halloween on record in the UK.

Coral’s John Hill said: “The odds are suggesting we will get snowfall before this month is out as temperatures are set to plummet at the back end of October.

“We have been taking bets on this Halloween being the coldest ever in the UK where the odds are falling all over the time following the threat of snow.”

2018-10-22 16:17:31

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