Temperatures are predicted to plunge below freezing this week in Berkshire amid the Met Office forecasting when snow will hit the UK.
Berkshire’s county town Reading could see the mercury dip below 0C on Friday (January 21) to -5C. Wokingham will also see temperatures plummet to -5C on the same day, which will mean the county will be colder than Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavík.
But will it be enough to see the people of Berkshire be hit by the white stuff?
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Temperatures are set to stay in single digits throughout all of this week with some forecasters predicting snow to hit Scotland first, before moving south.
Northern England, East Anglia, and parts of England towards Hampshire are predicted to be hit by the arctic chill.
Meanwhile, in Berkshire, Thursday night and Friday morning are set to be the coldest of the week with people waking up to widespread frost and temperatures of -5C.
The freezing early mornings will make way for milder weather of 5C as the day progresses, with it set to stay relatively cool overnight into Saturday (January 21).
When has the Met Office predicted snow?
The Met Office has forecast snow in the UK at the beginning of February and has said: “High pressure is expected to be near or across the UK to start with, before gradually declining southwards further into February.
“This means that, especially at first, the generally settled conditions will prevail with bright or sunny spells. There is still the increased likelihood of frost and fog, the fog lingering all day in places.
“Later in February, it is likely to turn more changeable in the north, with outbreaks of rain and stronger winds. There is an increased chance of these pushing further south at times, though settled conditions are most likely to persist here. Temperatures are expected to be slightly above average overall, particularly in the north. Some colder interludes are still likely though, bringing a risk of occasional snow, most likely over northern hills.”
Met Office forecast this week for Berkshire and south-east England
Cold, frosty start with fog only gradually clearing to sunny skies through the morning. Sunshine turning hazy later, especially across western parts, as thin cloud spreads east. Maximum temperature 8C.
A few brief patches of shallow mist and fog potentially reforming in the south. Cloud continues to thicken overnight but staying dry. Chilly, but less cold than the previous night. Minimum temperature 2C.
Cloudy morning with a few outbreaks of light rain or drizzle possible. Clearing through the afternoon with sunnier but also colder weather following, although southeastern parts likely staying cloudy throughout. Maximum temperature 8C.
Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:
Frosty start Thursday, then cold and sunny although winds easing. Cold, frosty again overnight Friday and Saturday, although cloudier with brighter spells. Temperatures recovering a little Saturday.
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