Britain’s weather will change this week after a mild start to 2022. Temperatures drop to -4C (25F), and stormy conditions bring 70mph winds with six inches of snow.

The UK is braced for widespread frost in the coming days with the mercury expected to drop to below average for January in some places – and the Met Office warned ‘anything could happen’ with snow drifts in Scotland.

The rain will move southwards this morning bringing with it colder temperatures. But, parts of England or Wales might still be experiencing temperatures around 12C (54F) today before the temperatures drop tomorrow. 

Midweek will see a chilling overnight temperature of -3C (26.6F). This will cause frost and icy roads conditions. On Wednesday, temperatures in Scotland could drop to -4C (30F)

After torrential rains over the past week, flood risks remain in numerous areas throughout Britain. There are nearly 50 warnings or alerts in place. 

Many were hit by torrential rains yesterday after balmy conditions. Yesterday, the Met Office was advising of yellow weather for “a band of heavy thunderstorms” moving eastwards across Southern England.

This was the result of the warmest New Year’s Day ever on Saturday, when St James’s Park, London, registered 16.3C (61.3F). It beat the previous record of 15.6C (60.1) set in Bude in Cornwall more than 100 years ago, in 1916.

This was after last Friday’s country-wide mildest New Years Eve, when Merryfield in Somerset recorded 15.8C (60.4F), surpassing the 14.8C (58.5F) record set at Colwyn Bay in North Wales in 2011.

Stormy weather on Blackpool seafront in Lancashire this morning after very mild weather for Britain in recent days

This morning, stormy weather erupted on Blackpool’s beachfront in Lancashire after it was very dry in Britain.

A fisherman on the beach in Folkestone, Kent, as waves crash against the harbour wall during strong winds yesterday

Yesterday’s strong wind brought waves to the shores of Folkestone (Kent) and a fisherman.

Kite surfers enjoy the strong winds on the beach in Camber, East Sussex, yesterday before conditions turn much colder

The strong winds at Camber Beach, East Sussex are a great place to kitesurf, before the weather turns colder.

A man and his dog on Cromer beach in North Norfolk yesterday after Britain enjoyed the warmest new year on record

After Britain’s warmest New Year, yesterday saw a man with his dog at Cromer beach in North Norfolk.

Temperatures reached double figures in the Azores last week due to warm subtropical air. This is a season when temperatures rarely exceed 7C (45F).

Met Office Weather Forecaster Dan Stroud said that after record breaking heat and temperatures in New Year’s Eve, there will be a noticeable change.

On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday temperatures will fall to an average level or below. There may be widespread frost.

“Fairly heavy snow will hit the Scottish Highlands and bring blizzard conditions. Also, snowfall is expected in North Wales as well as the Pennines. This contrasts with the previous few days.

High-altitude snow and strong winds can make driving difficult on roads in Scotland. Bus, ferry, and train services may also be disrupted, and trips could take longer or even be cancelled.

The possibility exists that winds up to 70mph could cause snowstorms. Higher routes, such as Central and Tayside and Fife and Grampian and Highlands and Islands and Orkney and Shetland are also susceptible to drifting snow.

It is possible for vehicles with high sides to delay on roads and bridges. High waves and spray are also a danger to seafronts.

Simon Partridge of the Met Office said that January will make its entrance after a strangely-warm new year. Thirty hours is a long time for a weather warning to be in place – the whole of Tuesday and up to 6am on Wednesday. 

This Met Office precipitation type radar shows how snow is falling over parts of Scotland during the morning today

This Met Office radar of precipitation shows where snow falls in Scotland today morning

A flood risk also remains in dozens of areas across England after torrential rain last week, with 30 alerts in place today

There is still a flood threat in many areas of England following torrential rains last week. 30 alerts are in effect today.

Six flood alerts and four warnings in Scotland

Six flood alerts in place for Wales

There are six flood warnings for Scotland and four warnings for Scotland, and six flood alerts for Wales.

“Some ferry trips will be cancelled due to the wind, but there is no danger from poor road visibility. Anything can happen once snow begins to fall. It is important to be aware of the danger zone.

From midday until 6pm yesterday, thunderstorm warnings were in effect for large portions of the South. The South Coast was hit with heavy rains and gusty winds.

The southern Pennines were also hit by downpours, which made driving difficult. Yesterday’s temperature in Writtal (Essex) was 12.7C (54.9F), which was well above the average for this time of year.

Just weeks after Storm Arwen caused significant snowfall in Scotland and Northern England, the impending blizzards are expected to cause massive power outages throughout large areas of the country.

In six weeks How New Yer delivered the highest temperatures to Britain with more than 60F in four days. 

  • 2022
  • Jan 2, 12.7C/54.9F Writtle
  • Jan 1, 2016: 16.3C/61.3F London 
  • 2021 
  • Dec 31: 15.8C/60.4F Merryfield
  • Dec 30: 15.7C/60.3F, Santon Dwnh’m
  • Dec 29: 15.7C/60.3F, Exeter
  • Dec 28: 12.2C/54.0F, Pershore
  • Dec 27: 13.6C/56.5F, Chivenor
  • Dec 26: 13.2C/55.8F, Swanage
  • Dec 25: 12.3C/54.1F, St Marys
  • Dec 24: 12.2C/54.0F, St Marys
  • Dec 23: 13.7C/56.7F, Exeter
  • Dec 22: 11.4C/52.5F, St Marys
  • Dec 21: 9.3C/48.7F, St Marys
  • Dec 20: 10.7C/51.3F, St Marys 

  • December 19th: 15.1C/59.2F Whitechurch
  • Dec 18, 12.8C/55.0F Gogerddan 
  • Dec 17: 11.5C/52.7F, Loftus
  • Dec 16: 13.2C/55.8F, Bude
  • Dec 15: 14.0C/57.2F, Hawarden
  • Dec 14: 14.6C/58.3F, Hereford
  • Dec 13: 13.1C/55.6F, Coningsby
  • Dec 12: 14.7C/58.5F, Bude
  • Dec 11: 13.2C/50.2F, Keswick
  • Dec 10: 10.1C/50.2F, St Marys
  • Dec 9: 12.0C/53.6F, St Marys
  • Dec 8: 9.5C/49.1F, Hertsmonceux
  • Dec 7: 11.0C/51.8F, Bude
  • Dec 6: 11.8C/53.2F, Exeter
  • Dec 5: 9.6C/49.3F, St Marys
  • Dec 4: 9.5C/49.1F, St Marys 

  • Dec 3: 12.6C/54.7F, St Marys
  • Dec 2: 9.9C/49.8F, St Marys
  • Dec 1: 10.8C/51.4F, St Marys
  • Nov 30: 14.0C/57.2F, Rhyl
  • Nov 29: 11.1C/52.0F, St Marys
  • Nov 28: 10.3C/50.5F, St Marys
  • Nov 27: 8.5C/47.3F, Cromer
  • Nov 26: 11.7C/53.1F, St Marys
  • November 25th: 9.8C/49.6F Scolton
  • Nov 24: 11.1C/52.0F, Mumbles Head
  • November 23rd: 11.7C/53.1F Scolton
  • Nov 22: 11.3C/52.3F, Porthmadog
  • Nov 21: 10.7C/51.3F, St Marys
  • Nov 20th: 13.7C/56.7F Leeming
  • Nov 19: 16.8C/62.2F, Dyce
  • Nov 18: 16.3C/61.3F, Dyce