UK weather: Exact date Arctic blast to hit Britain as mercury plunge by 8C by the end of the WEEK as temps drop below 0

BRITS are bracing for an Arctic ice blast set to hit this WEEK – sending the mercury plunging by 8C.

A chill will swoop in before the weekend, bringing temperatures down from a balmy 15C on Thursday to 7C in the north on Friday, the Met Office has revealed.

But Brits should enjoy the relatively mild chill while they can, as icy winds from the North Atlantic and Scandinavia will bring some regions down to -12C before the end of the year.

And this month is also set to be an shiver-inducing occasion, with Scotland seeing temperatures hit a snowy -7C on November 28.

Meanwhile, Northern England will see -2C, the Mirror reports.

It follows reports that tumbling temperatures will bring up to five-days of snow to the UK.

While this week will start on the warmer side with temperatures in the mid-teens, things will take a wintry turn by Wednesday.

Snow is expected to hit Scotland first, before making its way further south.

Weather maps show the white stuff could well land in north-western Scotland on November 17.

But snow could also fall in northern England, parts of Wales and East Anglia towards the end of the month.

AccuWeather forecaster Tyler Ros told The Express: "The threat for snow between November 17 and 22 looks to be around normal for the time of the year, which is any accumulating snow is likely to occur in the higher elevations of northern England and Scotland.

"We do have to watch a cold snap that appears to move into Eastern Europe early next week.

"If this bleeds westward towards the UK, with the core of the cold remaining in Eastern Europe), then the temperatures will be near to slightly below normal during this stretch.

"This then would fire up some North Sea Sea Effect showers coming in from the east.

"If the hills are cold enough in northern England and in Scotland, these showers are more likely to be wintry."

WXCharts show the mercury could drop as low as -7C the week of November 23, with the frostiest conditions in the far north Scotland.

But even in England, as far south as Brighton, East Sussex, could be plunged into minus figures.

Until November 27 there is a chance of wintry showers, with a high chance of frost, fog and brisk gusts in northern areas

Then from November 27 there is risk of snow and ice, with spells of rain and high winds.

The bitter chill has the potential to bring up to six inches of snow in just 24 hours – and bookies have slashed the odds on this being the coldest November ever.

Coral's Harry Aitkenhead said: "We have significantly cut the odds on this month going into the record books as the coldest November that we have ever had, as temperatures begin to plummet and snow looms large on the horizon."

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