BRITAIN could possibly be blasted with THUNDERSNOW as we speak as wintry climate is about to trigger temperatures to plummet as little as -5C.

And forecasters say the nippiness will persist all through the week because the “Beast from the East” blows chilly air over from the continent.

Britain will probably be blasted by thundersnow as we speak as large areas of the nation endure rain, hail or snow

Sleet, hail and snow are all forecast for skies this week – and it seems like nowhere will escape the freeze.

John Hammond, chief meteorologist for Weathertrending informed The Solar On-line: “As chilly air arrives from the continent throughout Tuesday, there could possibly be some sleet or hail nearly wherever because the showers flip heavy and presumably thundery by means of the day.

“We are going to see showers turning ‘wintry’ over the Downs, maybe the Chilterns, and different hills of central and japanese Britain as we head into the evening.”

And the brisk climate will even rage on into the night tonight, as forecasters predict sleet within the East Midlands together with ice within the North East and snow within the Scottish Highlands.

Snow is most probably up within the Scottish Highlands, however different areas are affected all the way in which all the way down to the South coast of England

A typically chilly and windy day will blow throughout the UK as we speak
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The North East will see heavy downpours within the afternoon
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Whereas a lot of the South of England will probably be even be caught by the rain and chilly temperatures
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What’s Thundersnow?

Thundersnow is a thunderstorm which kinds throughout snowfall.

When thunderstorms brew in wintry situations, they will trigger large downpours of snow.

The 2 components collectively make ‘thundersnow’ which is uncommon as a result of it might probably solely occur at just a few occasions through the yr.

Thundersnow at evening time makes lightning seem brighter than common as the sunshine displays off the snow.

However the sound of the thunder is muffled, which means it’s important to be fairly near a thundersnow storm to listen to it.

Met Workplace spokesman Steven Keates stated: “It’s going to be colder than what we’ve been used to, clearly, contemplating it’s been balmy and delicate as an entire.

“There’s going to be a daily cooling off, with every day getting cooler than the earlier.

“There will probably be some cloud and showers, however the biting wind will make it really feel even colder than it’s, notably within the East.

“West is greatest by way of the climate this week.

Clear skies framed the sundown over Dorset earlier than chilly climate blows in as we speak
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Daybreak breaking over the Leeds-Liverpool canal in Lancashire this morning
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A rainbow arching over London, the place rain is forecast as we speak
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The blue areas on the map present the place -5C temperatures might set on this night

And windchill will make temperatures really feel even colder throughout central and japanese areas of the South of England on Tuesday

A surfer catching waves in Cornwall yesterday afternoon
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The surf in Newquay had the largest waves in Britain as tidal and wind situations have been excellent for monster swells
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A chilly and windy begin in Sheerness, Kent this morning
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“There could possibly be some snowfall within the extra mountainous areas, the peaks, however we shouldn’t anticipate an excessive amount of disruption.”

He added: “It’s going to be fairly a shock to the system.”

The snow forecasts have even made some meteorologists optimistic that this yr will see a White Christmas – simply days after warning that area storms might quickly trigger technological disaster.

And the prediction for thundersnow comes after extra inclement climate lashes the UK as we speak.

Showers will transfer additional inland from the East this afternoon as temperatures fall barely from the weekend.

However a brisk easterly wind will make most locations really feel considerably colder than it has been in current days.

Extra rain is anticipated as we speak in addition to extra wind in most locations.

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