Lytham St. Anne’s is experiencing a freezing start to the festive season as a brutal blast of Arctic air has hit the Fylde. Temperatures are forecast to remain well below average for the time of year for the next ten days. The Met Office says that this icy weather is arriving from Norway, and will bring snow showers towards the end of the week across large parts of Britain – with temperatures expected to fall to around -10C in some areas.
Met Office Chief Meteorologist Steve Willington said, ‘As an Arctic maritime airmass settles across the UK temperatures will fall with widespread overnight frosts, severe in places, and daytime temperatures only a few degrees above freezing. However, the cold air from the Arctic will also bring brighter conditions, with some dry, sunny spells, particularly away from the coast and where winds are light it could feel pleasant in the sunshine. Some patchy freezing fog is also likely.’
Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Rebekah Sherwin, added, ‘We can expect to see some snow and wintry showers as the week progresses, particularly in coastal areas or over higher ground. There will be widespread frosts with temperatures falling to as low as -10°C overnight in isolated spots by the end of the week.’