London weather forecast: Freezing wind and rain to batter the capital as cold snap continues

London weather forecast: Freezing wind and rain to batter the capital as cold snap continues

Freezing rain is set to batter the capital as a cold snap continues to grip the UK.

Londoners faced a wash out on Saturday as drizzle and grey skies loomed over the city.

The dismal weather was set to last into the evening before taking a cold turn on Sunday morning.

Forecasters advised those heading out on Saturday night to bring an umbrella as the heaviest showers were expected to hit between 9pm and 10pm.

Met OfficeMost of us will see #rain at some point today, which is quite appropriate as its #NationalUmbrellaDay

Temperatures remained between 6C and 7C providing a reprieve from the freezing temperatures felt earlier in the week.

But forecaster Luke Miall said that the cold snap was set to continue on Sunday morning with temperatures plummeting to 3C

Londoners can expect to wake up to clear skies on Sunday and highs of 6C, but high wind chill factor will make it feel more like 2C.

Scattered showers are expected across the capital including some flurries of sleet.

Elsewhere in the country a series of yellow weather warnings were issued on Saturday and are expected to extend into Sunday morning.

Met OfficeA yellow severe weather warning for #ice has been issued: http://bit.ly/WxWarning  Stay #weatheraware @metofficeuk

Severe rain was expected to fall in Northern Ireland with snow and ice anticipated in the south east of Scotland and the north east of England.

Motorists in western Scotland and Northern Ireland were also warned of the risk of ice on the roads as temperatures were set to dip.

London weather forecast: Freezing wind and rain to batter the capital as cold snap continues
A train in snowy conditions at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales National Park
London weather forecast: Freezing wind and rain to batter the capital as cold snap continues
Elizabeth Lewin, 10, (left) and Matthew, 13, in a snow tunnel near Newby Head Farm in the Yorkshire Dales National Park
London weather forecast: Freezing wind and rain to batter the capital as cold snap continues
Isobella Bellamy, Katie Walls and Lucy Walls sledging near Newby Head Farm in the Yorkshire Dales National Park
London weather forecast: Freezing wind and rain to batter the capital as cold snap continues
Sheep in snow near Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales National Park
London weather forecast: Freezing wind and rain to batter the capital as cold snap continues
A woman walks a dog during snow fall in Buxton, Derbyshire
London weather forecast: Freezing wind and rain to batter the capital as cold snap continues
A man runs during snow fall in Buxton Derbyshire, on Sunday
London weather forecast: Freezing wind and rain to batter the capital as cold snap continues
Cross country runners around Peebles in the Scottish Borders
London weather forecast: Freezing wind and rain to batter the capital as cold snap continues
Cross country runners set off through heavy snow around Peebles in the Scottish Borders
London weather forecast: Freezing wind and rain to batter the capital as cold snap continues
People walk during a snowfall at Alexandra Palace, London
London weather forecast: Freezing wind and rain to batter the capital as cold snap continues
Members of the public waiting at bus stop during a snowfall at Alexandra Palace, London
London weather forecast: Freezing wind and rain to batter the capital as cold snap continues
Snow in Tring, Hertfordshire
London weather forecast: Freezing wind and rain to batter the capital as cold snap continues
Snow weighs down on very early daffodils in Tring, Hertfordshire, on Sunday
London weather forecast: Freezing wind and rain to batter the capital as cold snap continues
People use umbrellas to shelter from a snowfall in central London
London weather forecast: Freezing wind and rain to batter the capital as cold snap continues
Snow falls in central London on Sunday
London weather forecast: Freezing wind and rain to batter the capital as cold snap continues
People shield their faces in snowy conditions in Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales National Park
London weather forecast: Freezing wind and rain to batter the capital as cold snap continues
A person drives a vehicle in snowy conditions in Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales National Park

According to Mr Miall, Britons can expect more treacherous weather as the month wears on as the cold snap is expected to last until March.

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