UK weather forecast today – Met Office reveals Christmas predictions as Brits freeze in miserable -5C Atlantic blast

AN Atlantic blast is set to send a chill through the UK today.

Temperatures will plunge to as low in -5C in some parts.

And snow is forecast for some between Christmas and New Year – with Christmas Eve on Thursday bringing "widespread frost" across Britain.

Follow our weather live blog for all the latest news and updates from around the country…

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    WEATHER TODAY

    Rain occasionally heavy, across central and southern UK clearing, then brighter weather across central areas.

    Remaining cloudy in south with dreary mizzle over coasts and hills, but very mild.

    Colder across Scotland with further showers in north and west.

  • Ben Hill

    FLOOD WATCHES

    The Met Office said flood watches were in place for southern parts of England and Wales following recent bouts of wet weather, and rainfall warnings may be necessary for the beginning of the week.

    The Eden Project botanical gardens in Cornwall was closed on Sunday due to "significant flooding" on the site overnight.

    A spokesman said high volumes of rainwater caused several landslips on the site but there had been no injuries to staff.

    "Managers closed the site as a safety precaution and are assessing the damage," they said, adding that the site would be closed to visitors again on Monday when a further assessment would be carried out.

  • Ben Hill

    TWO DAY FORECAST

    Tonight: Showers will continue across northern and western Scotland where some will be heavy and perhaps wintry over higher ground.

    There will be plenty of clear spells across Scotland and Northern Ireland. But, England and Wales will see overcast skies accompanied by light rain. Gentle westerly winds.

    Tomorrow: A drier day tomorrow across Scotland, Northern Ireland, north-west and north-east England with sunny spells, but with a few showers in western Scotland.

    It will be cloudy for Wales and southern England with spells of showery light rain that will continue during the day. Light north-easterly winds

  • Ben Hill

    COLD CHRISTMAS

    Tom Morgan, meteorologist at the Met Office, said the mercury could drop to minus 3C in parts of England and Wales on Christmas Eve morning.

    Temperatures are expected to reach a high of 6C in London and the south of England on December 24 and a high of 5C on Christmas Day.

    Parts of the north including Manchester face similarly low temperatures of 4C and 5C on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day respectively.

    "It's going to be dry for the vast majority of the UK, and it will be a cold and frosty start to the day, particularly for England and Wales," said Mr Morgan.

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    TODAY'S FORECAST FOR THE UK

    Here's the forecast for today according to the Met Office: "Cloudy and very mild across southern parts with occasional rain or drizzle, though brightness developing to the east of hills.

    "Colder across Scotland with showery rain, and snow on hills."

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    FLOODED ROADS IN HEREFORDSHIRE

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  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    YESTERDAY EVENING'S FORECAST: NORTHEAST

    According to the Met Office: "Evening showers in Cumbria will quickly stop, leaving a dry night with clear spells for most.

    "Turning chilly for a time under any clearer skies. Cloud will build during the early hours, with rain arriving in the south before dawn.

    "Minimum temperature 3 °C."

  • Dan Keane

    BLUE MONDAY

    Tomorrow is set to be a dull day with spells of rain pushing up from the south through the day, according to Meteogroup.

    The forecaster said showers will clear eastwards, allowing some late sunny spells to develop across Northern Ireland.

    Rain will continue to affect western Scotland, some with hail, they added.

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    SUNSET OVER ESSEX

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  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    TONIGHT’S FORECAST: LONDON AND THE SOUTHEAST

    Here’s the forecast for tonight for London and the southeast.

    The Met Office says: “Showers will fade to leave a dry and largely clear evening although it'll become chilly with a rural frost developing. 

    “Becoming cloudy and less cold into the second half of the night, but wet with prolonged rain and coastal gales. Minimum temperature 1 °C.”

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    BIG WAVES IN BRIGHTON EARLIER THIS WEEK

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    TONIGHT'S FORECAST: SCOTLAND

    Here's the forecast for Scotland tonight.

    The Met Office says: "Showers or the odd longer spell of rain during this evening, but mainly dry with clearing skies and easing winds overnight.

    "Southwest winds fresh to strong at times around the Isles and coasts. Minimum temperature 3 °C."

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    SUNSET OVER STONEHENGE

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  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    TONIGHT’S FORECAST: WALES

    Here’s the forecast for tonight for Wales. 

    Here’s what you can expect, according to the Met Office: “A few heavy showers this evening but dry for most, with clear spells. 

    “Turning cloudy overnight as a band of persistent rain, that could be heavy at times, spreads across the country from the southwest. 

    “Lighter winds than today. Minimum temperature 2 °C.”

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    RED SKIES OVER MORECAMBE

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  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    TONIGHT’S FORECAST: NORTHERN IRELAND

    Here’s the forecast for tonight in Northern Ireland: “Windy with showers this evening, the showers mainly around the North Coast. 

    “Generally dry overnight with a few clear spells, although rain expected to push into the south by dawn. Minimum temperature 4 °C.”

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    JUPITER AND SATURN VISIBLE IN KENT TONIGHT

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  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    TONIGHT’S FORECAST: UK

    Here’s the UK weather forecast for this evening and tonight.

    The Met Office’s website says: “Showers becoming confined to northern and western Scotland. Clear spells elsewhere, and turning cold for at time with frost across some central parts. 

    “Becoming milder in the south as rain moves northwards, reaching much of England and Wales by dawn.”

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    FLOODED FIELDS IN WALES

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  • Claudia Aoraha

    HEAVY RAIN ARRIVING TONIGHT

    The Met Office has said: "Showers for many places this evening with some chilly clear spells.

    "Winds will strengthen in the south ahead of heavy rain arriving tonight."

  • Claudia Aoraha

    HEAVY SHOWERS IN THE WEST

    The latest update says: "Showers have been affecting western areas this morning, and some of these have been heavy with hail at times.

    "A few have made it across the country but some eastern areas have remained dry so far today with plenty of sunshine."

  • Claudia Aoraha

    FORECAST FOR TOMORROW

    The Met Office predicts for tomorrow: "Rain, occasionally heavy, across central and southern UK clearing during the afternoon with some brighter spells.

    "Remaining cloudy in south with mizzle over coasts and hills. Further showers across Scotland."

  • Sara Hussain

    GET READY FOR BLISTERING COLD TEMPERATURES

    England will also be battered by bitterly cold weather, with north west regions including Liverpool likely to see lows of -0C. 

    On Christmas Day, temperatures are expected to stay in single figures of 3C as far south as London and Bournemouth. 

    The BBC's long range forecast predicted low pressure to sweep in during the first half of the week. 

  • Claudia Aoraha

    FROST ON XMAS EVE

    The Met Office said that by Thursday, Christmas Eve, it will be dry and cold nationwide.

    And with it will come widespread frost – as kids across the country eagerly await a visit from Father Christmas.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    YESTERDAY'S WEATHER IN PICS

    A flooded park in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire after the River Avon burst its banks yesterday.

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