‘Bitterly cold’ snowstorms and subzero temperatures to hit UK this week

Brits have been warned of "bitterly cold" temperatures with more snow expected to fall this week.

Storm Darcy has swept across the British Isles in recent days – sending temperatures plunging to minus 10C and blizzards as winds and snow blast in from Russia and Eastern Europe.

Forecasters had warned up to 20 inches of snow could fall in some parts of the UK in a 40-hour storm over the weekend.

The biting winter weather front is being dubbed the Beast from the East 2 – a weather-based sequel to a similar cold snap that gripped the nation in 2018.

Yellow weather warnings for snow are in place for the length of the east coast of England and Scotland

An amber weather warning in place across the East Midlands which predicts "frequent heavy snow showers will lead to some travel disruption today".

While significant snowfall is also anticipated in parts of Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Kent.

The South East of Northern Ireland also has a yellow warning in place for snow and ice.

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The Met Office forecast for Monday says: "Strong easterly winds will make it feel bitterly cold across much of the UK, with further snow showers feeding westwards.

"These showers merging into some longer spells of snow over some eastern areas, whilst always drier and brighter further west."

In its forecast for Monday night, it adds: "Some clear intervals, but often a good deal of cloud giving a few light snow showers in the west, but more frequent and heavier in eastern areas."

On Tuesday, the Met Office predicts: "Further snow showers in the east, frequent and heavy in central Scotland. Many western parts dry with some sunshine, but very cold again. Windy in the south."

Public Health England also issued a cold weather alert for all of England from Sunday through to Wednesday.

Dr Owen Landeg, of PHE, said: "Cold weather isn't just uncomfortable, it can have a serious impact on health.

"For older people and those with heart and lung problems, it can increase the risks of heart attacks, strokes and chest infections.

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