The mercury will remain stable for the first week of January, continuing a trend that could see New Year’s Eve on Friday become the mildest on record, according to the Met Office. These above average temperatures for the start of the year will continue throughout the first week of January, regularly jumping into double figures. But the latest maps for January 9 begin to turn icy blue, showing the mild weather disappearing as a bitterly cold snap sets in.
Minimum temperatures are forecast to once again fall below zero in Scotland later that evening, according to new weather charts from Netweather.
By 9am the following morning, on January 10, the mercury could fall to a low of -5C in Central Scotland, although this remains above freezing throughout England and Wales.
However, the evening paints a much different picture, as the minimum temperature maps from both Netweather and WXCHARTS quickly turn icy blue.
Netweather warns the mercury could plummet to as low as -9C in a region of Central Scotland, and plunging to below freezing in Northern England to -2C.
Temperatures could rapidly plummet heading into the early hours of January 11 as the bitterly cold snap engulfs the rest of the UK.
The new minimum temperature maps show they could plummet to a bone-chilling -11C early morning, and to as low as -3C in a region just north of Manchester.
Just a few hours later by 9am, almost the whole of the UK map turns icy blue, with temperatures plunging to as bitterly cold -13C in a region of Central Scotland.
Nearly all of the UK could be gripped by temperatures falling to below freezing, with lows of -3C in Northern England and -1C on the South Coast.
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Snow will continue to blanket the country throughout January 10, with 9cm falling on the wesat coast.
AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alan Reppert told Express.co.uk “there is a chance” for cold weather in the period from January 9-11 and although it could be short-lived, freezing air will likely move in from the North Sea.
He added Scotland and higher ground in Northern England could be under threat from snow.
Mr Reppert said: “Looking into January 9-11, there is a chance to see some cold weather for that time, but it is not looking overly cold from what we are predicting.
“It may get cold as air moves in from the North Sea, but at the same time, it looks like there will continue to be the trend for air to come out of the south and west and keep temperatures more mild and rainy.
“If there is a shot of cold air, it looks to be a one or maybe two day event and then turns right back to mild temperatures again.
“If there is snow, that threat looks to be more in Scotland and the higher elevations of northern England.”