UK weather – First snow of winter falls as temperatures plunge to -3C

UK weather – First snow of winter falls as temperatures plunge to -3C

BRITAIN has seen the first snow of winter fall – as temperatures plunged to -3C overnight.

Swaledale, one of the northernmost dales in Yorkshire Dales National Park, saw snow fall yesterday afternoon as Brits gear up for a freezing November.

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A snap of the snow-covered hills was shared by Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team in a tweet earlier today – and they urged Brits out walking to be cautious in the icy conditions.

Leeds City Council also confirmed this morning that their staff had been gritting the streets overnight as the North of England saw freezing temperatures.

The Met Office had not initially forecast snow to fall in the UK this week but warned of “chilly conditions” – with an icy wind making temperatures feel even colder in the North. 

The forecaster added: "Wind significantly lowers the ‘feels-like’ temperature relative to the actual temperature, with even moderate winds significantly adding to the chilling effect.

"Strong winds can result in a severe and debilitating wind chill many degrees below the actual temperature.

"This effect will be enhanced in rain or wet snow."


The snow came after temperatures plunged to -3C overnight in rural parts of northern England, Wales and the southern coast.

Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said the country could see its “coldest bonfire night” in recent years with the mercury set to remain at -1C heading into Thursday evening.

He told the Mirror: “The coldest Bonfire Night in recent years is possible.

"-3C on Thursday morning and -1C on Thursday night is expected in the South.

"Wrap up warm for garden fireworks."


It comes ahead of a “dry and settled” weekend, according to the Met Office.

The forecaster added: “Dry and settled weather continues into the weekend for most, although some rain is likely to push into southern parts by Sunday.

“There will be a good deal of cloud, but also some brighter interludes, across the whole of the UK, but mainly across the east.”

And next week will be a "mixture of showery rain and dry interludes” – with most of the rain “centred over western regions”. 

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