Bitterly cold winds could blast Britain this week as forecasters warn that Wednesday could be the coldest day of the year yet.

The much anticipated 'Beast from East' is due to bring Siberian temperatures to the British Isles with temperatures to drop as low as -8C in some places.

The North, Midlands, Wales and the South West are likely to be most affected by sub-zero temperatures, with the Met Office telling the Daily Mail "we are expecting the coldest spell of the winter so far to develop across the UK next week."

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The 'beast from the east' could blast Britain

The East coast of Britain could see a dusting of snow on Monday, but the white stuff is expected to turn to sleet or rain further inland. The North York moors could see as much as two inches fall on Monday, while freezing temperatures could see Manchester residents shiver through a -3C night and in London -1C.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of ice for northeast England and northeast Scotland. While sunshine is expected on Monday and Tuesday morning, freezing fog is expected to move over the country by Wednesday.

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Snow at Stirling Castle earlier in the month

Flood warnings are still in force across the South West with one remaining in the North East and another in the Anglian area.

However the cold snap is expected to lift by the weekend, with a warmer front from the west moving in , bringing both wet and windy weather and milder temperatures to reaching double figures by Saturday.

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  • UK Set For Continued Cold Snap As Snow Arrives

    STIRLING, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 03: Tourists take pictures in front of the Robert The Bruce statue on Stirling Castle Esplanade on December 3, 2012 in Stirling, Scotland. Snow and sleet has hit many parts of Scotland with heavier falls expected over higher grounds. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • UK Set For Continued Cold Snap As Snow Arrives

    STIRLING, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 03: Two men walk through Stirling Castle graveyard on December 3, 2012 in Stirling, Scotland.Snow and sleet has hit many parts of Scotland with heavier falls expected over higher grounds.. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • UK Set For Continued Cold Snap As Snow Arrives

    STIRLING, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 03: Snow settles on the Robert The Bruce statue on Stirling Castle Esplanade on December 3, 2012 in Stirling, Scotland.Snow and sleet has hit many parts of Scotland with heavier falls expected over higher grounds. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • UK Set For Continued Cold Snap As Snow Arrives

    STIRLING, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 03: A view of the Wallace Monument and Stirling Bridge on December 3, 2012 in Stirling, Scotland. Snow and sleet has hit many parts of Scotland with heavier falls expected over higher grounds. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • UK Set For Continued Cold Snap As Snow Arrives

    STIRLING, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 03: Snow settles on gravestones in Stirling Castle graveyard on December 3, 2012 in Stirling, Scotland.Snow and sleet has hit many parts of Scotland with heavier falls expected over higher grounds. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • UK Set For Continued Cold Snap As Snow Arrives

    STIRLING, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 03: A man and woman walk their dog in Stirling Castle graveyard on December 3, 2012 in Stirling, Scotland.Snow and sleet has hit many parts of Scotland with heavier falls expected over higher grounds. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • UK Set For Continued Cold Snap As Snow Arrives

    STIRLING, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 03: Snow settles on the Robert The Bruce statue on Stirling Castle Esplanade on December 3, 2012 in Stirling, Scotland.Snow and sleet has hit many parts of Scotland with heavier falls expected over higher grounds. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • UK Set For Continued Cold Snap As Snow Arrives

    STIRLING, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 03: A man walks his dog past Stirling Castle graveyard on December 3, 2012 in Stirling, Scotland.Snow and sleet has hit many parts of Scotland with heavier falls expected over higher grounds. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • UK Set For Continued Cold Snap As Snow Arrives

    STIRLING, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 03: Two men walk through Stirling Castle graveyard on December 3, 2012 in Stirling, Scotland. Snow and sleet has hit many parts of Scotland with heavier falls expected over higher grounds. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • UK Set For Continued Cold Snap As Snow Arrives

    STIRLING, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 03: Two men walk through Stirling Castle graveyard on December 3, 2012 in Stirling, Scotland. Snow and sleet has hit many parts of Scotland with heavier falls expected over higher grounds. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • UK Set For Continued Cold Snap As Snow Arrives

    STIRLING, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 03: A man walks his two dogs past Stirling Castle graveyard on December 3, 2012 in Stirling, Scotland. Snow and sleet has hit many parts of Scotland with heavier falls expected over higher grounds. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • UK Set For Continued Cold Snap As Snow Arrives

    STIRLING, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 03: A man walks his dog past Stirling Castle graveyard on December 3, 2012 in Stirling, Scotland. Snow and sleet has hit many parts of Scotland with heavier falls expected over higher grounds. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • UK Set For Continued Cold Snap As Snow Arrives

    STIRLING, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 03: Tourists take pictures in front of the Robert The Bruce statue on Stirling Castle Esplanade on December 3, 2012 in Stirling, Scotland. Snow and sleet has hit many parts of Scotland with heavier falls expected over higher grounds. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • UK Set For Continued Cold Snap As Snow Arrives

    STIRLING, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 03: Two tourists throw snowballs in front of the Robert The Bruce statue on Stirling Castle Esplanade on December 3, 2012 in Stirling, Scotland. Snow and sleet has hit many parts of Scotland with heavier falls expected over higher grounds. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • UK Set For Continued Cold Snap As Snow Arrives

    STIRLING, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 03: A view of the Wallace Monument and Stirling Bridge on December 3, 2012 in Stirling, Scotland. Snow and sleet has hit many parts of Scotland with heavier falls expected over higher grounds. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Winter weather December 3rd

    A small snow plough clears paths in Tow Law in County Durham today after overnight snow.

  • Winter weather December 3rd

    A small snow plough clears paths in Tow Law in County Durham today after overnight snow.

  • Winter weather December 3rd

    Sheep out in a snow covered field in County Durham today after overnight snow.

  • Winter weather December 3rd

    Horses out in a snow covered field in County Durham today after overnight snow.

  • Winter weather December 3rd

    Snow covered fields in County Durham today after overnight snow.

  • Winter weather December 3rd

    Snow covered fields in Consett, County Durham today after overnight snow.

  • Winter weather December 3rd

    Snow covered fields in Consett, County Durham today after overnight snow.

  • Winter weather December 3rd

    A small snow plough clears paths in Tow Law in County Durham today after overnight snow.

  • Winter weather December 3rd

    A train at Durham station in County Durham today after overnight snow.

  • Winter weather December 3rd

    Snow covered fields near Tow Law in County Durham today after overnight snow.

  • Winter weather December 3rd

    Snow covered fields near Tow Law in County Durham today after overnight snow.

  • Winter weather December 2nd

    A red squirrel runs along a snow covered wall in Northumberland, as cold weather sweeps across the UK with more snow expected this evening.

  • Winter weather December 2nd

    A red squirrel runs along a snow covered wall in Northumberland, as cold weather sweeps across the UK with more snow expected this evening.

  • Winter weather December 2nd

    A red squirrel runs along a snow covered wall in Northumberland, as cold weather sweeps across the UK with more snow expected this evening.

  • Winter weather December 2nd

    A robin sits on a snow covered fence post in Northumberland, as cold weather sweeps across the UK with more snow expected this evening.

  • Winter weather December 2nd

    A man walks his dog on frozen flood water at York Knavesmire, North Yorkshire, as cold weather sweeps across the UK with more snow expected this evening.

  • Winter weather December 2nd

    A man walks his dog on frozen flood water at York Knavesmire, North Yorkshire, as cold weather sweeps across the UK with more snow expected this evening.

  • Winter weather December 2nd

    People walk on frozen flood water at York Racecourse, North Yorkshire, as cold weather sweeps across the UK with more snow expected this evening.

  • Winter weather December 2nd

    People walk on frozen flood water at York Racecourse, North Yorkshire, as cold weather sweeps across the UK with more snow expected this evening.

  • Winter weather December 2nd

    The Malvern Hills are seen at dawn across frozen farmland surrounding Gloucester, as cold weather sweeps across the UK with snow expected this evening.

  • Winter weather December 2nd

    People walk their dogs at Crickley Hill Country Park as they look over frozen farmland surrounding Gloucester, as cold weather sweeps across the UK with snow expected this evening.

  • Winter weather December 2nd

    People walk their dogs at Crickley Hill Country Park as they look over frozen farmland surrounding Gloucester, as cold weather sweeps across the UK with snow expected this evening.

  • Winter weather December 2nd

    The Malvern Hills are seen at dawn across frozen farmland surrounding Gloucester, as cold weather sweeps across the UK with snow expected this evening.

  • Winter weather December 1st

    A boy plays on a snow covered trampoline in the Scottish Borders, after snow fell across parts of the country, with more predicted over the weekend.

  • Winter weather December 1st

    A vehicle drives along a snow covered road in the Scottish Borders, after snow fell across parts of the country, with more predicted over the weekend.

  • Winter weather December 1st

    A walker in looks at ice at he stands in the snow at Kielder Water, Northumberland, after snow fell across parts of the country, with more predicted over the weekend.

  • Winter weather December 1st

    A boy plays on a snow covered trampoline in the Scottish Borders, after snow fell across parts of the country, with more predicted over the weekend.

  • Winter weather December 1st

    A dog walker on a snow covered road in the Scottish Borders, after snow fell across parts of the country, with more predicted over the weekend.

  • Winter weather December 1st

    A man walks past snow covered logs at Kielder Water, Northumberland, after snow fell across parts of the country, with more predicted over the weekend.

  • Winter weather December 1st

    Snow covers a bridleway on Carlton Bank in the Cleveland Hills, North Yorkshire, after Snow fell across parts of the country, with more predicted over the weekend.

  • Winter weather December 1st

    Snow covered fields on Carlton Bank in the Cleveland Hills, North Yorkshire, after Snow fell across parts of the country, with more predicted over the weekend.

  • Winter weather December 1st

    Walkers Norman Raine (left) and Bill Jones (right) on the snow covered bridleway on Carlton Bank in the Cleveland Hills, North Yorkshire, after Snow fell across parts of the country, with more predicted over the weekend.

  • Winter weather December 1st

    Walkers on the snow covered bridleway on Carlton Bank in the Cleveland Hills, North Yorkshire, after Snow fell across parts of the country, with more predicted over the weekend.

  • Winter weather December 1st

    Sheep in the snow on Carlton Bank in the Cleveland Hills, North Yorkshire, after Snow fell across parts of the country, with more predicted over the weekend.

  • Winter weather December 1st

    Walker Norman Raine on the snow covered bridleway on Carlton Bank in the Cleveland Hills, North Yorkshire, after Snow fell across parts of the country, with more predicted over the weekend.