The UK faces a freezing plunge in temperatures this weekend, as the latest BBC forecast issued a dramatic weather warning. Temperatures will drop below freezing by Saturday morning, according to the BBC, sparking “widespread frost” and adding a “risk of hail” across the country. This follows a week of chaotic weather conditions as Storm Brendan unleashed severe gales, huge waves and dangerous floods throughout the UK.
The BBC warned that thunder and hail could strike “just about anywhere” in the UK today.
BBC meteorologist Helen Willetts earlier warned that nowhere is “exempt from the risk of showers” through Friday, while sleet and snow could feature on the hills in north Scotland.
However, the showers will be replaced by freezing conditions and sunny weather by Saturday.
BBC meteorologist Matt Taylor said: “If you are after some dry conditions, you have that this weekend.
Taylor continued:“It will be drier, sunnier but also chillier with significant overnight frosts this weekend.”
“We have have a couple of weather fronts working there way across the country, moving eastwards this morning.
“But the winds not be nearly as strong as they have been in the last few days.
“The showers in Wales will be on the heavy side, while the showers in Scotland will be more wintry.
The UK is still recovering from Storm Brendan, as the Environment Agency has issued 161 current flood alerts and 14 flood warnings
On Thursday, two trains in Devon were hit by huge waves leaving one with broken windows as it passed through Dawlish and injured multiple passengers before it was abandoned at Newton Abbot.
Earlier in the week, winds of up to 80mph saw flights being diverted from Gatwick Airport earlier in the week.
A second low-pressure front brought further strong gales to much of the country, causing the roof of an apartment block to crash into Slough High Street in Berkshire.