The Met Office has warned cold weather is closing in on the UK. The weather agency issued a cold weather alert on Wednesday, warning of a “80 percent probability” of “severe cold weather” in parts of England.
The alert states the freezing temperatures are likely between midnight on Friday and 9am on Monday, December 2.
This weather could “increase the health risks to vulnerable patients” and “disrupt the delivery of services”, it warned.
The alert reads: “Change to colder condition overnight into Friday and through the weekend, with some very cold overnight temperatures and widespread frosts likely across the northern half of England.
“Daytime temperatures also remaining in the low single figures of Celsius, especially across rural parts.
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“Mostly places dry, although a few very isolated wintry showers are possible across northeastern coasts.
“Overnight mist and freezing fog patches are possible across central England, leading to a cold day Saturday.
“Across the far south and southwest, temperatures could recover a little Saturday, with a small chance of rain.
“Staying cold, but dry for most Sunday and into Monday.”
According to bookies Ladbrokes, December could be the coldest ever recorded.
With a polar freeze set to wreak havoc across the UK, the bookies have cut offs from 6/1 to just 3/1 on next month being the coldest on record.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “We’re strapping ourselves in for a bitter December with record-breaking temperatures potentially on the way.”
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How to stay safe in cold weather
Prolonged periods of cold weather can be dangerous, especially for older people, those with underlying health conditions, and young children.
If you’re able, ask if your friends, family or neighbours need any support.
Stock up foods and medicines so you don’t have to go out too much when it’s cold or icy.
When indoors, stay warm, heat homes to at least 18°C, and keep up-to-date with the weather forecast.