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UK weather: Temperatures to ‘tumble below freezing’

UK snow maps are showing the exact locations that could be hit heaviest next month, with forecasters warning of a “Stratospheric Polar Vortex” that could trigger a freezing “Beast from the East” weather pattern. Millions of Britons were again hit by heavy snow last week, with the Met Office forced to issue a number of weather warnings – including a rare amber warning – as temperatures plunged below freezing.

But the latest weather maps from WXCHARTS show snow heavy snow could make an unwelcome return in February, with forecasters warning about the possibility of an “Arctic blast”.

The UK weather map begins to turn icy white at midday on February 3, with up to an inch of snow forecast to fall across large parts of Scotland, with rain drowning the remainder of Britain.

Snow is set to intensify throughout the day and by that evening, could spread southwards into northern England, with up to an inch forecast to fall around the North East.

In the early hours of February 4, two inches of snow is forecast to fall in a large area of north west Scotland, with the threat of snow remaining through the rest of the country, as well as northern England.

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Heavy snow could return next month, with forecasters also warning of a possible ‘Polar Vortex’ (Image: GETTY / WXCHARTS)

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The weather map shows widespread snow on the afternoon of February 4 (Image: WXCHARTS)

But much worse is to come as the day progresses, the latest weather maps show that up to seven inches could have fallen in northern Scotland, with the threat of snow again spreading towards northern England and Wales.

There will be no let-up heading into February 5, with up to six inches of snow forecast for eastern Scotland, more than an inch hitting England around the North West and Midlands.

Snow is forecast to fall throughout that day as Britons continue to freeze in bitterly cold conditions.

Brian Gaze from The Weather Outlook warned the latest computer models suggest a weakening of the “Stratospheric Polar Vortex” in the coming weeks that could send temperatures plunging.

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Snow is forecast to continues falling heading into the evening (Image: WXCHARTS)

The weather expert said the period around Valentine’s Day on February 14 has historically brought with it some of the UK’s coldest and heaviest snow, while also warning of a possible “Arctic blast or a Beast From The East weather pattern”.

He told Express.co.uk: “Computer models are suggesting that a weakening of the Stratospheric Polar Vortex (SPV) in the coming weeks could lead to an increasing chance of cold weather during February.

“It’s a long way off in weather terms but the period around Valentine’s Day has in the past often brought the UK some of its coldest and most wintry spells of weather.

“A weakening SPV leads to an increasing chance of a very cold Arctic Blast or a Beast From The East weather pattern, like the one we saw in February 2018.”

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