Meteorological winter has started off on a cold and rather wintry note for many regions with widespread frosts, freezing fog patches and even some snow in places. The next few days see a relaxation in the cold weather as the Atlantic returns bringing milder conditions back but also increasingly unsettled weather with the potential for wet and windy periods.
In the short term the cold weather continues for the next couple of days with further frost and fog, especially in the north. However, the first signs of that change are taking place towards the south and southwest where fronts and troughs are starting to make inroads. These features will be bringing milder air into the far south and southwest, but as they hit the colder air further north so there is the potential for some sleet or snow, especially across more inland and higher regions.
As we go through the coming week that milder weather will slowly edge north and east, but it will be a slow process with northern Britain hanging onto the colder air for longest. There remains some uncertainty over the timings and finer details but by the end of the week and into next weekend it is anticipated that most places will be milder and more unsettled.
METEOROLOGIST : BARBER