An Arctic blast is set to bring freezing temperatures and several days of snow from the start of next week.
Temperatures have fallen over the weekend after a mild autumn so far – and sub-zero weather is just a few days away, according to forecasters WXCharts.
It says the mercury will fall dramatically and reach possibly hit -12C by the end of November in what has been called a “little ice age” due to Arctic air blowing south, the Mirror reports.
Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “I couldn’t imagine a better weather pattern for cold weather fans, with forecast models showing a northerly straight from the Arctic next week.”
Much of the country will see sub-zero temperatures next week where it will hover around 0C, with lows of -7C.
The Met Office has warned of heavy snowfall in the north of the UK on Monday, with the cold blast predicted to reach the south by Wednesday night.
It is predicting colder than normal temperatures from Tuesday to December 2.
It said: “High pressure will often lie close to western or southwestern parts of the UK during this period.
“This will tend to bring to a colder than average north or north westerly airflow for a time. The most unsettled conditions will likely be across northern areas.”
By November 29 it is set to be also freezing in London, drop to around -4C in Newcastle and in the Scottish Highlands it could get to -12C.
There is unlikely to be any relief from the freezing temperatures for weeks, remaining between -2C to -4C for much of the country.
There will still be plenty of rain around next weekend but by November 28 there could be up to 3cm of snow in the south of England and Wales while in Scotland there could be 5cm of snow.
James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, told the Express : “Cold conditions in the coming days will pave the way for a number of widespread snow events from the last week of November into the start of December.
“During this period, it is going to turn markedly colder, and with a drop in solar activity, we are looking at a potential mini ice age winter.”
December is expected to be even colder, with some long-term forecasts predicting lows of -17C.