UK Weather: It's Snowing In Britain, But People Are Out Sunbathing On The Beaches Of France (PICTURES)

It might be freezing blizzards in the British Isles, but across the Channel, the only ice is in the cocktails on the beach.

Temperatures in the south of France reached 18C, with people pictured in bikinis on the beach in Nice.

And many headed to cool off in the water, which reached a balmy 14C.

Locals wore shorts walking along La Promenade des Anglais, enjoying the sunshine as Britons piled on extra layers of thermals and sales of electric blankets shot through the roof, according to John Lewis.

Across the Channel, snow is expected to blanket everywhere north of the M4 corridor, with up to eight inches hitting the worst affected areas of north-west of England, North Wales and south-west of Scotland.

Higher areas could even see up to 16 inches fall, while bitterly cold gale force winds will sweep across Britain creating blizzard-like conditions and plunging temperatures down to well below freezing.