UK weather to be hotter than Spain today but 'winter arrives next week' in -5C DEEP FREEZE with snow forecast to hit England in 'Beast from the East'

But a 'Beast from the East' early next week will cause temperatures to plummet to -5C, even threatening snow, leaving the UK feeling "more like Moscow than the Mediterranean".

Continuing the recent 'Indian Summer', North Wales and Scotland will get a balmy 18C today – hotter than Madrid which will only manage highs of 16C.

The freak heat is expected especially along the UK coastline.

It will feel around 10C hotter than average for this time of the year, thanks to a jet-stream from the south.

Northern England, east Scotland and Wales will get most of the bright weather.

The rest of the country will be less lucky with cloudy, overcast skies and "breezy", patchy rain in the afternoon.

Unfortunately for those in northern and western Scotland, there is rain expected, as well as in Northern Ireland.

But by early next week, the 'Beast from the East' will return as high pressure migrates northwards.

Cold air will air coming from Russia will be pushed towards the UK bringing temperatures as low as -5C.

Temperature are set to plummet below freezing and could even bring bouts of snowfall.

This is set to last for the rest of November until early December, marking the end of the Indian Summer.

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The Met Office's Aidan McGivern said: “With winds coming up from the south it’s mild for all of us.

"Even where we’ve got great skies its a mild picture on Thursday, particularly so for the north of Scotland with winds bouncing off the hills to the south.

"It will turn colder through the weekend and it will stay cold through next week."

There will be widespread frost and some possible snow flurries in the Scottish highlands.

Martin Bowles, Met Office meterologist, said: "Temperatures will be below average and the top of the mountains in northern Scotland might well get snow.

"There will be some light frosts quite widely around the country.

"We will start to get an east wind from Poland and Russia, so while the official temperature is 7C, it will feel like 2C or 3C sometimes. it will be quite cold."


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