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UK Weather – Brits could be hit by five inches of snow & showers as temperatures plunge to -3C

BRITS could be hit with up to five inches of snow today as temperatures plummet below zero.

Scotland and parts of northern England could see a blanket of the white stuff on Monday as forecasters expect the mercury to dip as low as -3C.

The highest levels of snow will be seen in Pitlochry this morning, which could see up to 13cm, the Express reports.

Parts of the northeast of England, and in particular, the Yorkshire Dales may also see wintry showers as temperatures plunge.

The bone-chilling snow levels are expected to stay throughout the day, according to WXCharts.

And in Scotland, temperatures could drop as low as -3C, while in northern England the mercury may range from 0C to -2C.

The Midlands and south of England will be slightly warmer with highs of 4C.

But things will be particularly wet in the northwest of the country, where heavy rainfall is likely.

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It comes after a patchwork of drizzle and dry spells hit on Sunday – with extreme weather in parts.

In East Sussex, three people had to be airlifted to safety after getting cut off by high tide and four-metre high waves, the BBC reports.

A spokesperson for the RNLI "strongly urged" beachgoers and water lovers to "check the weather and tides before setting out".

Yesterday, there were 12 flood alerts in place across the country, with the Environment Agency warning rivers could swell and rise – causing flooding to fields and gardens in some parts.

Today, however, the risk of flooding was reduced to "very low", with just nine alerts in place.

Frost and fog is set for the latter end of the week, with freezing fog rolling across England and Wales, a spokesperson for The Met Office said.

The forecaster told The Sun: "We've seen pretty much an average start to the month in terms of rainfall, we're running at about 30 per cent of the average rainfall – we would usually expect to be at that value.

"But high pressure building and fog will be the main problem.

"It looks quite nice around the middle of the week, and Wednesday could be quite sunny – but there is an increasing risk developing of freezing fog on Thursday and Friday."

On Monday, the Met Office warns of thick cloud, rain and drizzle.

The forecast says: "Mostly cloudy, cloud thick enough for some rain or drizzle at times, mainly in the north and west.

"Mostly dry in the southeast where some brighter spells. Milder than Sunday."

Meanwhile temperatures will plunge, with the mercury dipping below zero overnight in Northern Scotland and hitting just one degree in Dumfries from 9pm on Sunday night.

Aberdeen will be shivering in their boot, with temps of -3C.

And by midnight, residents in Loch Rannoch, near Perth, will be shivering at -2 C.

Parts of the northeast will see freezing temperatures in the early morning, too.

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