December-like chill, wintry showers to descend on the UK through Sunday

By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
By Robert Richards, AccuWeather meteorologist
October 27, 2018, 10:37:19 AM EDT

The first taste of winter will be felt across the United Kingdom through Sunday, sending residents reaching for sweaters and jackets.

An arctic air mass currently over Greenland will dive southward into the U.K. and settle over the country through Sunday.

Temperatures tumbled on Friday as cold winds and blustery showers were felt across the entire country. After peaking at 15 C (69 F) on Thursday, the temperature struggled to reach 11 C (52 F) on Friday.

The showers will become wintry across the higher terrain of Scotland.

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On Sunday, showers will be mainly confined to western Scotland, Northern Ireland, western Wales, Southwest England and the east coast of England and Scotland.

Snow will fall across the higher terrain, with lasting accumulations expected Saturday night and Sunday night in parts of northern Wales, northern England and Scotland.

The harshest cold will be across northern England, Northern Ireland and Scotland, where highs will reach only 6-9 C (42-49 F).

High temperatures over the weekend will be the lowest since April in southern England. The high temperature will struggle to reach 10 C (50 F) in London on Sunday.

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Gusty winds will make it feel even colder, with AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures of 4-5 C (39-41 F) during the afternoon hours across Greater London.

Subfreezing temperatures are expected across most of the U.K. in locations away from the immediate coastline on Sunday night, resulting in the first widespread freeze for many areas.

Delicate plants should be moved indoors, and any outdoor pets or livestock should be provided with proper shelter.

This cold weather will linger into next week as temperatures remain well below normal throughout the country on both Monday and Tuesday.

Along with the chill in the air, snow will be possible in eastern Scotland and eastern England on Monday and Tuesday.

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