Today’s temperatures plunged to -4.4C, as 75 mph gust force winds battered Britain on the first day of Storm Arwen. 

Met Office issued amber warnings indicating that lives could be in danger for north-east Scotland and England. Yellow weather warnings were also issued for Friday and Saturday. Forecasters say snow could be possible, “almost anywhere else than the far-south”. 

An amber warning will go into effect from Friday 3pm through Saturday 9am. Strong winds are likely to be found in the coastal regions, where gusts of up to 75mph can occur. Travel chaos is expected across the country with roads closing and buildings being damaged.

At this time of year, temperatures in the UK average between 10C and 4C. However, they are forecast to drop with Scotland experiencing a temperature of -4C Saturday night.

The rest of the country may experience intense winds between 50-60 mph on Saturday. Ferries, trains, and roads will likely be delayed due to these delays. For parts of Scotland, a yellow snow alert is in effect. 

Stephen Dixon, spokesperson for the Met Office, stated that Storm Arwen was moving in from North Sea. It will travel south until Sunday. 

Experts now fear that migrants crossing the Channel could face dangerous conditions. This is after 27 people died overnight and 50 more attempted to make the risky crossing again tomorrow. 

The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning - meaning lives are in danger - for northeast Scotland and England as well as yellow weather warnings for Friday and Saturday. Forecasters warn snow is possible, 'almost anywhere away from the far-south'. Pictured, waves at Roker Lighthouse in Sunderland today

Met Office issued amber warnings indicating that lives could be in danger for north-east Scotland and England. Yellow weather warnings were also issued for Friday and Saturday. Forecasters say snow could be possible, “almost anywhere from the far-south”. Today’s waves from Sunderland’s Roker Lighthouse

Temperatures in the UK at this time of year usually average a daily high of 10C and a low of 4C, but are set to plummet, with lows up -4C in Scotland on Saturday night. Pictured, Met Office weather maps

The UK’s average temperature at this time of the year is 10C. It can drop to 4C on a day. But temperatures are expected to fall with Scotland seeing a drop of -4C. Image: Met Office weather maps

He added that snow may still be present in northern England’s lower regions, but it will likely be temporary and come in the form of wintry rain or sleet.

The conditions for migrants crossing the Channel by small boats this weekend could be ‘terrifying’

Local specialists say that the Channel is a dangerous place for migrants trying to cross it in small boats.

Traffickers use dinghies that are tossed by waves of 5m with sea spray, freezing temperatures, and salt water to heat their boats.

The incident occurred after an “overloaded” boat capsized on rough seas in rainy and cold conditions. It was discovered by fishermen who rushed to help with the rescue. 

Craig Collins of Channel Angling, Dover, Kent told the PA News Agency: ‘It’s brutal out there. At the moment, we’re getting northwesterlies that will just smash into the boats.

“They’re coming straight into them. It would be difficult for anyone to get off the beaches. They’ll also be dealing with 16-foot swells.

“It would really be difficult out there. It would be difficult for me to go there, and commercial fishermen wouldn’t do that. They are trying it, and it is tragic.

“It is not the cold. The spray from the water will make them hypothermic in just 20 minutes.

Manny said it: “It is terrifying. You would believe you are going mad.” My experience as a commercial fisherman was in a boat 32ft in length. We wouldn’t have gone out under these conditions, and the people are just doing small boats. 

“It is due to a drop in temperatures, with some parts of rural Scotland or England dropping below freezing during the nights.”

According to the Met Office, large waves near coastlines could cause damage to roads and other buildings.  

According to the RAC, drivers should be prepared for strong winds by slowing down when passing cyclists or high-sided vehicles.

Simon Williams, spokesperson said that in windy situations bridges can also close and trees could fall. It is therefore important to allow additional time for travel.

“With severe weather forecasters for the coming winter, motorists should prepare their cars by checking their coolant and oil levels. They also need to make sure that they have adequate quality screen washer to protect down to well under minus 10C.

Met Office names storms according to their possible impact. The Met Office declared Storm Arwen as a result of an amber wind advisory.

Met Office Principal Meteorologist Dan Suri stated that Storm Arwen was associated with a deep, low-pressure system. This will have an impact on the Northeast, particularly Friday. However, it will also affect the UK, with rain, high winds and snow likely over the high ground.

“Storm Arwen”‘s winds are most likely to be associated with gusts exceeding 65 mph as it sinks southwards. This storm will often bring gusts in excess of 75 mph for exposed places, but slightly stronger in the northeast. 

MailOnline was told by a Met Office spokesperson that there could be blizzard conditions in the Highlands. Today will see snow and rain, with the possibility of falling as snow through Thursday. There will likely be snow on Friday due to heavy rains in the northeastern parts of Scotland. 

“As temperatures drop through Friday night, there are chances that we might see snow fall on higher ground in Wales and the Pennines as well as a dash across East Anglia.

He also said that snow could be falling on Scotland’s higher ground. The weather will be windy across western and northern Scotland. The cold front stays through the day, bringing cold weather to the rest of the UK. 

The Met Office names storms on the back of their potential impact, with Storm Arwen declared as the result of the amber wind warning

Met Office names storms based on their impact. Storm Arwen was declared by the Amber Wind Warning.

A farmer drives along a snow-covered track in the Scottish highlands after snow fell overnight Wednesday

After snowfall on Wednesday night, a farmer drove along the snow-covered road in Scotland’s highlands.

Snow is pictured on the ground on the A939 in the Scottish Highlands on Thursday morning

The snow is seen on the ground in the Scottish Highlands, on Thursday morning

A light layer of snow settled on the ground in the Scottish highlands this morning after it fell overnight

This morning, after falling overnight, there was a thin layer of snow that settled to the ground in Scotland’s highlands.

Traffic on the A939 today after snow fell on the higher routes in Scotland with more snow forecast for later this week

Today’s traffic on A939 after snowfall on higher routes through Scotland. There is more to come this week.

Temperatures could plummet to as low as -4C in the Scottish Highlands overnight on Saturday into Sunday

Overnight temperatures could drop to -4C or lower in Scotland’s Highlands on Saturday and Sunday

Temperatures will plummet this weekend with the 'feels like temperature' set to 0C and -2C in Scotland

The Met Office has warned the extreme wind could close bridges and roads as well as see tiles blown off buildings over the weekend. Pictured, a map of the wind direction

According to the Met Office, extreme winds could cause bridge and road closures as well as tiles being blown from buildings. A map showing the direction of wind is shown in this image

How the average temperature has changed through time

1970: 7.0C

1980: 5.9C

1990: 6.6C

2000: 6.7C

2010: 4.9C

2020: 8.1C

Source: Sheffield Weather 

Labrokes, on the other hand, is betting that December next year will be coldest in recorded history with 2/1 wagers. 

Alex Apati from Ladbrokes stated that a White Christmas would come with a freezing cold price if recent odds are any indication. Next month looks increasingly likely to set new records for weather, and this could be causing problems. 

With strong winds expected to impact the UK in large numbers, only small parts of south-east England will be spared by a yellow forecast.

He added: ‘The cold front is just lingering over the south at this point. It will shower in Scotland with a possibility of snow on the highlands, but this will likely not settle. 

It is dry most of the time. The rain will move into the northwest in the evening. Although there may be some snow at the edges of the cold, it will soon turn to rain when it moves towards Scotland.

According to him, there would be an increase in precipitation on Friday. Tuesday’s weather alerts for strong winds were issued at 9:51 am. ‘A low pressure area brings strong winds and heavy rains to northern parts of the UK and spreads to a wider area of the UK through Saturday.’

“Along with wind we’ve had heavier rain in North England and South Scotland. It is possible that snow could fall over the Highlands later in the day, as this is quite common at the end November. 

Later in the evening, wet and windy conditions spread south. It’s possible to see a snowflurry from the south, but this is unlikely to last. The UK is experiencing an increase in wind and rain. The wind is gusting up to 80mph at the peak, and this is after a cool November. The trees still have leaves so disruption could occur’.  

Met Office forecaster stated Friday’s weather would be “cold and unsettled” with showers, sometimes longer-lasting rains, and windy. There is also the potential for gales to hit Friday and Saturday. 



On Friday, Amber, yellow, and snow warnings were issued for Scotland, Northern Ireland, and western England. They will be extended to the UK almost immediately on Saturday

Snow fell in Scotland on Wednesday before moving south to the north of England, East Anglia and Wales later in the week. Pictured, Dunsden, Oxfordshire on Thursday

On Wednesday, snow fell in Scotland before it moved southward to England, East Anglia and Wales later that week. Photo: Dunsden in Oxfordshire, Thursday

Intense winds of up to 50-60mph around the country could cause travel chaos and power cuts on Saturday - with ferries, trains and road journeys likely to be severely delayed. Pictured, arctic air is bringing snow this week

Travel chaos could result from strong winds gusting up to 60mph across the country on Saturday. Power cuts and travel disruptions are likely. Ferries, trains and roads will be delayed severely due to these intense winds. This week, snow is expected from the arctic.

BBC November Monthly Forecast: A surge of Icelandic cooler air is expected to sweep the UK in the final 10 Days of November. It could continue through December. 

“A second push of Icelandic cold air is forecast for late next week. This will further lower temperatures,” the forecast says.

The temperatures dropping means that there may be ‘a few spots of rain showers, even some patchesy snow showers,’ in the UK. However, the majority of the storms will hit Scotland. As the week moves on, winds are expected to pick up.  

It has been a warm November, with temperatures higher than usual, in particular parts of east Scotland. These warmer temperatures are likely to last until Sunday. 

The calm conditions have been cited as one of the reasons why so many migrants are successfully crossing the English Channel from northern France.  

What is the point of allowing them to cross Channel in this? Unsettling picture of 27 migrants killed in a dinghy accident. French police do not have the power to stop 50 more people crossing into France today. 

This is the first picture of the doomed dinghy that deflated just off Calais Wednesday killing 27 people on board as French police again failed to stop 50 migrants crossing the Channel to Britain yesterday.

Un lifeboat captain took photos of the inflatable grey boat, which was ‘flimsy’ but’very fragile’. It was found with bodies in Calais’ water. This is one of the most horrific migrant tragedies in Anglo-French History.

Two survivors – an Iraqi and a Somalian – have told police their poorly made dinghy was hit by a container ship, puncturing its thin rubber hull and taking dozens of lives.

Five people have been arrested in France over the 27 deaths, including one man held overnight driving a German-registered vehicle packed with inflatable rhibs, although there is ‘no provable link’ with the sinking, according to prosecutors, despite French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin insisting all were ‘directly linked’ to the drownings.

Emmanuel Macron was urged not to panic by French police, but they failed to prevent a small group of about 20 asylum seekers from crossing the Channel aboard two boats. The RNLI brought them to Dover, freezing cold.

This is the first picture of the flimsy and dangerous dinghy that sank off Calais Wednesday, killing 27 people including five women, some of them pregnant, and three children

Here’s the first image of the dangerous and fragile dinghy which sank in Calais on Wednesday killing 27 including three children and five women.

A group of people thought to be migrants are brought in to Dover, Kent, by the RNLI, following a small boat incident in the Channel after 27 people died

After 27 people were killed in a boat accident, RNLI brought a group of migrants into Dover, Kent.

On Thursday morning small groups of police officers patrolled the beaches around Calais, but they failed to stop many people from setting off in dinghies for Britain. This is amid allegations in Britain that French officials have been sitting back while 17 men, 7 women, and 3 children were murdered.

Boris Johnson, Mr Macron and their ministers are expected to hold more talks as the Prime Minister insisted that British boots are needed on the ground in France to stop evil slave gangs ‘getting away with murder’. 

As relations between the UK and France become increasingly fraught, Macron’s minister in charge of the crisis, Gerald Darmanin, blamed Britain for the crisis and claimed migrants are promised ‘Eldorado in England’ by people traffickers because of its suite of benefits and ‘attractive’ labour market.

Mr Macron is said to have ignored the renewed offer for help with patrols during his call with the PM, and insists he won’t let the Channel to ‘be turned into a cemetery’, again accused by critics of allowing a bitterness over Brexit for his failure to tackle migrant traffickers.

Macron rebuffed critics who claimed France was not doing enough while on his trip to Croatia. Macron said that police had been working ‘day and night’ to prevent boats from leaving the Mediterranean, and that they have never had more officers on the shores. As far as he is concerned, ‘our mobilization has been total’. 

French interior minister, Mr Darmanin, is scheduled to meet with Home Secretary Priti Paitel. 

He explained that Britain’s attractiveness, and its labor market are to blame. We all know that the UK has up to 1.2million clandestine migrants. English business leaders employ that workforce to create goods that can be consumed by English consumers. 

French radio station RTL told him that the smugglers were ‘criminals’ who exploit others’ misery. There have been many children and women who drowned yesterday while on the boat. And for only a few thousand Euros, they promised them the “Eldorado” in England.