Brits face freezing temperatures from the start of next week along with several days of snow, which could extend as far south as London.
The promise of colder weather is now just a few days away as from Monday the UK can expect sub-zero temperatures, according to WXCharts.
Then from there the mercury will fall dramatically and possibly hit -12C by the end of November in what has been called a “little ice age” due to Arctic plumes blowing south.
Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “I couldn’t imagine a better weather pattern for cold weather fans, with forecast models showing a northerly straight from the Arctic next week.”
Much of the country will see sub-zero temperatures next week where it will hover around 0C, with lows of -7C, although it won’t be as cold in the south of England.
The Met Office has warned of heavy snowfall in the north of the UK on Monday, with the cold blast predicted to reach the south by Wednesday night.
London could see wintry showers and snow by the end of next week.
The Met Office is predicting colder than normal temperatures from Tuesday to December 2.
It said: “High pressure will often lie close to western or southwestern parts of the UK during this period.
“This will tend to bring to a colder than average north or north westerly airflow for a time. The most unsettled conditions will likely be across northern areas.”
By November 29 it is set to be also freezing in London, drop to around -4C in Newcastle and in the Scottish Highlands it could get to -12C.
There is not likely to be any relief from the freezing temperatures for weeks as it will hang around -2C to -4C for much of the country.
There will still be plenty of rain around next weekend but by November 28 there could be up to 3cm of snow in the south of England and Wales while in Scotland there could be 5cm of snow.
James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, told the Express : “Cold conditions in the coming days will pave the way for a number of widespread snow events from the last week of November into the start of December.
“During this period, it is going to turn markedly colder, and with a drop in solar activity, we are looking at a potential mini ice age winter.”
December is expected to be colder, with some long-term forecasts predicting lows of -17C.
Met Office five-day forecast for the UK
Dry and fairly cloudy across southern areas. Further north a band of mostly light rain moves southwards and reaches central areas by the end of the day. Showers follow the rain across north and northwest, falling as snow over hills.
Light patchy rain clears from southern areas. A rather cold northerly wind follows across all parts, mostly dry inland, but showers moving inland from north-facing coastlines.
Rather cold but dry and bright for most locations, however, showers will feed inland from the North Sea coastlines.
Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:
Initially settled and mostly dry with variable cloud cover. During Wednesday a band of rain moves southeastwards across northern areas, colder conditions and showers follow, showers wintry over hills.