UK weather ALERT: Britain set for 10 DAY Arctic blast – worst freeze since BEAST FROM EAST

BITTER Polar winds, snowfall and blizzards will plunge Britain into a 10-DAY Arctic blast THIS WEEK as a savage ‘winter’ freeze grips the nation.

Bone-numbing gales will tear in from the North Pole on Friday pushing temperatures widely below zero as forecasters warn extreme cold weather will hold out into November.

Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of northern England are on red alert for wintry showers with snow possible even to low ground.

Worrying weather charts show a risk of flurries across Wales, central England and parts of the southwest within the next seven days.

Britain will freeze in the coldest weekend since the brutal Beast from the East ground the country to a standstill at the start of spring, experts warn.

Arctic winds will make it feel close to -10C (14F) in exposed regions amid warnings for widespread harsh frosts.

The cold snap will follow a turbulent start to the week in parts with Scotland on standby for two days of severe gales and torrential downpours.

Elsewhere it will remain largely dry and settled due to high pressure close to the UK although forecasters have warned a big change is on the way.

Met Office forecaster Matthew Box said: “It is going to turn cold towards the end of the week with a change to a northerly Arctic airflow expected as we head into Friday.

“A cold front will pass over the country bringing showers which could be wintry over high ground, if these are intense enough we could see some transient snow to lower levels into the weekend.

“We are also expecting some strong northerly winds on Friday and on Saturday morning much of the UK could get frosts.

“It will turn colder still into the weekend which is expected to be the coldest since early spring, this will be the first good ‘winter’ blast for late October.”

Scotland faces a double-whammy of weather hell with the cold snap to follow a bout of severe gales and heavy rain.

“A cold front will pass over the country bringing showers which could be wintry over high ground, if these are intense enough we could see some transient snow to lower levels into the weekend.

“We are also expecting some strong northerly winds on Friday and on Saturday morning much of the UK could get frosts.

“It will turn colder still into the weekend which is expected to be the coldest since early spring, this will be the first good ‘winter’ blast for late October.”

Scotland faces a double-whammy of weather hell with the cold snap to follow a bout of severe gales and heavy rain.

An unusual meteorological set up will see powerful ‘super-geostrophic’ winds lash the region tomorrow and through Tuesday.

These occur when isobars circling usually settled regions of high pressure tighten causing anti-cyclonic winds to swirl around its centre.

Volatile weather conditions will set in across Scotland tomorrow with no let up to the wind and rain expected until mid-week.

Mr Box said: “Strong winds will develop through Monday morning and we could see gales or even severe gales across Scotland.

“There will also be some persistent rainfall especially over higher ground, winds will stay strong on Tuesday before eventually dying off on Wednesday.

“Elsewhere it will be largely fine and dry with some sunny spells before we change to a northerly flow and much colder set up at the end of the week.”

Thermometers could nudge the mid to high-teens across the south over the next few days although it will be cooler further north.

Overnight temperatures will plunge widely below freezing during the latter part of the week and through the weekend.

Some forecasters warn this could be the start of a roller-coaster ride of chaotic winter weather with no let up in the cold this side of New Year.

Britain is facing what could be the coldest Halloween on record with early forecasts suggesting a White Christmas could be on the cards.

Trick or treaters will be wrapping up next Wednesday with the mercury set to plunge to -2C (28.4F) across southern and western parts of Britain and -4C (24.8F) in the north.

WeatherOnline forecaster Garry Nicholson said Britain is about to fall to the mercy of icy northerly winds with cold weather threatening to hold out through the last week of October.

He said: “Northerly winds will develop by the end of this week, bringing a marked fall in temperatures.

“There will be sunshine and showers, these falling as snow over hills in northern Britain, at times to quite low levels; frost will be common overnight.

“Indications favour a cooler northwesterly pattern developing as low pressure develops over Scandinavia.

“Showers are most likely in the north-west of Britain and Ireland, these will be wintry over Scottish mountains.”