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BBC Weather Forecast
As December arrives, further wintry showers are expected but perhaps falling to increasingly lower levels, with accumulations over high ground possible in the north and east of the country.
As a front tries to come in to the west of the UK, there is also a risk of some more persistent rain, especially towards the southwest. As the rain meets the cold air, this could turn sleety with the possibility of some hill snow. However this does rely on the front making progress inland from the west, and currently the signal is for the frontal rain to stay offshore to the west.
Monday 3 December—Sunday 9 December
Picking up with the unsettled theme at the start of the week, it begins with showers or longer spells of rain possible for the UK, with temperatures returning close to or a touch above average.
As the week progresses, there is a trend towards some parts of the country turning a little more settled, with temperatures falling to allow an increased risk of frost and icy patches. Any further rain or showers could then turn wintry over higher ground at times.
Monday 10 December—Sunday 16 December
Winter's here, and on balance it does looks cold
Even at this long timescale there is greater than average uncertainty for the first full fortnight of December. However, the balance of probability does point to this period being colder than average, which would lead to an increased risk of frost and fog.
Check out the latest from the Met Office ForecastIssued at: Tuesday 27 November 2012 at 08:44
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/coldweatheralert/ There is a 60% probability of severe cold weather between 0600 on Friday and 0600 on Saturday in parts of England.
A cold northerly airflow will become established across the UK this week. Later this week as the wind becomes light which will allow sharp overnight frosts to occur, and lead to lower mean temperatures. Northern and some western areas of the UK will become the coldest, and there will be an increased likelihood of ice on surfaces, especially where surfaces remain wet from standing water or run-off. Freezing fog remains likely.