UK weather: Snow to follow wintry showers as colder spell approaches

The UK is just a few weeks away from a short-lived cold snap that could bring snow and ice to parts of the country.

Temperatures are set to start to fall as early as the weekend before dipping further in the middle of December to bring the white stuff to parts of the north.

We are also likely to see a real mix of autumnal and winter weather with frost and fog, as well as strong winds and rain.

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Below, we’ll look at the Met Office’s latest forecasts for Bristol and the South West over the coming days as well as the wider UK picture into the middle of December.

In Bristol, expect a misty start to Tuesday (November 16) with an overcast, if dry, day to follow. Temperatures will rise to 13C.

Wednesday could see some clear conditions with sunshine in the morning, before the clouds roll in for the afternoon with the mercury up to 12C.

Thursday to Saturday will see more dry weather with grey skies as the temperature highs dip from 14C to 11C.

A bright Sunday will see highs fall to 10C with a clear Monday seeing highs of just 8C.

Met Office South West weather forecast

Tuesday: A cloudy and, in places, misty, locally perhaps even foggy start to the day with the odd spot of drizzle. However, slowly improving with skies brightening from the west and perhaps a few glimmers of sunshine. Mild with light winds. Maximum temperature 13C.

Tuesday night: A few showery outbreaks of rain are possible during this evening. However, clearing skies later in the night and turning chilly, but the breeze will keep it frost free. Minimum temperature 6C.

Wednesday: Feeling a little less mild on Wednesday, due to a slightly stronger breeze. However, generally staying dry and bright, with the best of the sunshine during the morning. Maximum temperature 12C.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday: Becoming cloudier and milder again to end the week, but staying largely dry. Some bright or sunny intervals are likely with the odd fog patch where skies remain clearer overnight.

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Met Office long-range UK weather forecast

Saturday, November 20 to Monday, November 29

A cold and potentially cloudy and drizzly start to this period in the north, with some wintery showers following over high ground. Winds will often be blowing between the west and north. High pressure will often affect southern areas, bringing largely settled and dry conditions here, this possibly extending countrywide at times.

However, some spells of rain are likely to affect northern areas, accompanied by brisk winds.

There is likely a trend towards colder conditions later in the period, with a risk of wintry showers, mainly in the north. Otherwise, temperatures are likely to be close to or just below average. Under high pressure, frost and fog are likely overnight, with any fog slow to clear during the morning.

Tuesday, November 30 to Tuesday, December 14

Conditions remaining similar during late November and early December, with the northwesterly flow dominating. High pressure close by to the south and southwest will bring a good deal of dry and settled weather, where frost and fog is likely overnight, the fog often slow to clear in the morning.

The weather will be more changeable further north, with spells of rain, and occasional strong winds, this interspersed with sunshine and showers. Temperatures above average overall, but short-lived colder spells are likely, with the risk of snow and ice, especially in the north.

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