Weather: Big freeze for Christmas weekend

THE Arctic temperatures that were experienced over the weekend are to return, with the mercury set to drop to between -6C and -10C on Christmas Eve.

Meteorological experts at WeatherQuest have predicted that the record-breaking readings from Sunday night could be replicated or even beaten over the Christmas weekend.

Forecaster Phil Bell said it was too early to tell how cold it would become, but it was very possible that despite a mini-thaw continuing over the next 48hrs, the -10.6C recorded on Sunday at Wattisham Flying Station could be equalled on Friday or Saturday.

He said: “The mini-thaw is mainly in coastal areas, with temperatures of around 1C or 2C in the towns. Further west, towards Mildenhall and Newmarket, you’re still looking at -3C to -5C right now. It really depends on where you are.

“Unfortunately there is not going to be any real great amounts of sunshine. The next couple of nights will be similar to last night but Christmas Eve night looks like it will be another cold one with temperatures of -6C to -10.”

The forecast for the rest of the week is for a slight thaw, with some snow showers in inland areas turning to rain and sleet towards the coast, although a brisk wind could make it feel much colder.

And the cold snap will return with a vengeance from Christmas Eve onwards, with sharp frosts both day and night.