Parts of Britain could see temperatures drop as low as -15C next week, as a cold front which will last until February sweeps the country.
Weeks of mild weather, which has led to spring flowers blooming early in many parts of the country, will be replaced with freezing temperatures and icy winds that could even bring snow.
Clear skies and sunshine will precede a widespread frost later this week, with temperatures plunging further over the weekend as warm southerly winds give way to icy blasts from the north east.
A Met Office forecaster told the Daily Mail: “It does look like it’s going to get colder. There’s the scenario where we will get winds coming in from the North East that will cause colder weather. Usually that means we’ll see snow flurries as well.”