UK weather: Exact time Brits will be hit with 8 INCHES of snow & ice in -10C Arctic blast as major health warning issued | The Sun

BRITS will today be hit with eight inches of snow and ice as a -10C Arctic blast sweeps across the UK.

A yellow weather warning is in place – and the UK Health Security Agency have also issued a major health alert due to freezing temperatures.

The southwest of England and most of Scotland and Northern Ireland have been placed under a yellow alert for snow and ice.

In Cornwall, forecasters say occasional rain and sleet will turn to snow and ice in heavier outbreaks – particularly over south Cornwall – from midnight until 9am today.

Meanwhile Scots should be prepared to be hit with blizzard conditions until 10am on Wednesday.

The Met Office say frequent, heavy snow showers are likely for much of the area through much of Tuesday, lasting into Wednesday morning. 


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Forecasters have also said the weather is expected to cause travel chaos throughout.

They said commuters should be prepared for disruption to plans with delayed or cancelled rail and air travel.

It comes as the UKHSA has warned that as temperatures plummet, many people could be at risk of serious health conditions.

Dr Agostinho Sousa, Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at UKHSA, said: "Cold weather can have a serious impact on health, particularly older people and those with pre-existing health conditions, as it increases the risks of heart attacks, strokes and chest infections.

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"During this period, it is important to check in on family, friends and relatives who may be more vulnerable to the cold weather.

"If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over the age of 65, it is important to try and heat your home to at least 18C if you can."

It comes after wintry conditions moved in from the Arctic over the weekend, with people in areas such as Hexham, Northumberland, waking up to settled snow on Monday.

Met Office chief meteorologist Jason Kelly added: "Cold, icy and sometimes snowy conditions are in the forecast this week with the UK seeing more of a north-westerly regime, with temperatures well below average for the time of year.

"Wintry showers are likely at points through the week in the north of England.

"Warnings have been issued and ice is likely to be a hazard for much of the week with some tricky travel conditions possible.

"Maximum temperatures will largely only reach the low single figures with temperatures below freezing through most nights this week."

And senior meteorologist Alex Burkill said there could be "lows of -10C or -11C" overnight on Monday into Tuesday.

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On Monday, he said: "It's fair to say it's cold today, cold tonight, cold tomorrow and cold through much of the week really."

He said the weather will become "more changeable" on Friday ahead of "milder" conditions by the weekend.

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