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Cold turn in the weather will be ‘shock to the system’

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Britons can expect a “shock to the system” this week as temperatures drop sharply after a spell of unseasonably warm weather.

Parts of northern Scotland could see sleet and flurries of snow, while further south the mercury is unlikely to rise above single figures, the Met Office said.

Some areas in the south of England enjoyed temperatures as high as 21C over the weekend, but even those parts will feel the chill by the weekend.

A Met Office spokesman said: “It will turn a lot colder as we head towards Friday and the weekend and the wind turns more northerly – we might see some sleet and wet snow in northern areas.

“It will be a bit of a shock to the system because it’s been fairly mild recently and there will be a considerable drop in temperature.”

He said snow was unusual for the time of year, but added there had been snowfall in 2012 in parts of Scotland.

The spokesman added: “There will be no snow further south, but there will be a noticeable drop in temperature – perhaps as low as 8C or 9C – a big drop considering temperatures were as high as 21C in parts of the south over the weekend.

“Temperatures will be below average – going from above average at the moment.”

He added that it is unlikely any snow will settle, and that it is only likely to be showers.

“Some places will see snow or sleet showers and some won’t,” he said.

Sky weather producer Joanna Robinson said that the start of the week would be “cooler” before “arctic air brings a taste of winter from Friday”.

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