UK weather – Five flood alerts as rain batters Britain today before -8C Arctic PLUNGE

BRITS could be hit with heavy downpours and gusty gales this week before temperatures are set to plummet to -8C.

The country is battening down for a wet and windy week ahead of an icy arctic plunge as three new flood alerts have been issued across the southwest from today.

The Met Office said conditions are surprisingly mild for the time of year but that Brits should expect freezing conditions to come around very quickly.

Met Office forecasters are predicting dull and dreary days before the brutal drop in temperature heading into next week, with London temperatures lower than Scotland.

While mild spots are expected across the UK, with London and Edinburgh peaking at 10C, the sudden plummet will leave people feeling frosty this weekend.

But the big freeze will hit the whole of the UK from Wednesday onwards with temperatures dropping as low as 0C in London.

Shivering Londoners will see highs of around 1C heading into the weekend, with some spine chilling temperatures in Toll Creagach in the Scottish Highlands maxing out at -1C for an entire weekend.

Dryer days are also expected to bring frozen conditions next week, as the temperature is expected to drop as low as -8C, according to WXCharts.

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The Met Office added that temperatures will leave Brits feeling even more frozen as gusty winds are expected to ravage the South.

Frost and fog are also predicted for the end of the week, with freezing fog rolling across the nation, causing severe disruption for commuters, a spokesperson for The Met Office said.

Meanwhile, there are three flood alerts in place across England across the southwest, after eleven flood alerts were originally issued over the weekend.

Annie Shuttleworth a Met Office forecaster said: "It will be a largely cloudy day across the UK on Monday as rain and mild air pushes eastwards throughout the day. 

"Further west, in central and western areas, quite a cloudy night with outbreaks of rain and drizzle across western areas. That could be quite persistent on Monday morning, with some hill snow in the far north of Scotland. 

"We're in for some drier weather, but some colder nights and some foggy nights too."

Further predictions from the Met Office say January will experience 'unsettled' conditions with colder temperatures coming and snowfall in the north.

Brits should enjoy the mild January while they can, as temperatures are set to plummet to -8C for up to a whole week.

Today is also the 40th anniversary of the lowest recorded UK temperature of -27.2Cin Aberdeenshire.

January 10, 1982, also set a new English record of -26.1C in Newport, Shropshire, which could be repeated if weather conditions continue to worsen.

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