10/12/2012 06:31 GMT

UK Weather: 'Beast From The East' Could Bring Coldest Winter Weather So Far (PICTURES)

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."


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.


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.