BRITS are braced for a -5C freeze tonight before the remnants of Hurricane Oscar barrel through the country.
The former hurricane could bring in 80mph gales as temperatures drop to below freezing in many parts.
Rural areas are likely to see the mercury fall as low as -5C, and some areas in the outskirts of London may also feel a severe chill as temperatures drop to -2C.
Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: “Lengthy clear spells, plummeting temperatures.
The effects of Oscar will be felt in Britain by the end of the week – but the violent storm is proving dangerously difficult to predict for weather experts.
Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said: “Oscar’s always been a tricky one and there’s always been a lot of uncertainty regarding it.
“And at the moment, the most likely track will actually take us a little bit further North than we were thinking before.”
At the minute, the National Hurricane Association, which has been tracking Oscar’s path, thinks the hefty winds and rain could hit the UK late on Friday and early Saturday morning.
The majority of the winds are likely to hit in the north of Scotland – with possible highs of 80mph.
Katie Greening, meteorologist for the Weather Company, told The Sun Online: “Remnants of Oscar will arrive to the northwest of the UK Friday and pass in between Scotland and Iceland during the weekend.
“The southwest winds will begin to strengthen through Friday, reaching gale force inland over Ireland, Scotland and Wales during Saturday – gusts even higher with up to 80mph along the west coast of Scotland and Ireland and also along the Irish Sea coasts.
Rain arriving over the north and west Friday, quickly followed by a second band of rain Saturday.”
Friday is due to bring a bright start to the whole of the UK, although cold with temperatures ranging from 4-7C.
Through the morning, cloud with sweep across from the west and first showers will appear in the south of Northern Ireland from 3pm.
This stormy weather will worsen into the night and rain will spread to the south west of England by noon on Saturday.
Lighter but consistent rain will fall in the south west of England and Wales, while the East mostly stays dry.
London and the home counties are likely to see the last of the weekend’s stormy rain falling on Sunday night.