The Met Office says ‘snow possible almost everywhere’ in the latest UK weather update

Hail, rain, frost and gale – we are facing a host of winter weather in the south-west in the coming days, while almost all parts of the UK can see the hills in falling temperatures in December.

If summer stretched into autumn, we should have a blast of proper winter weather as we head towards Christmas.

And the Met Office has issued a wind warning for Saturday for most of the UK, as a low-pressure system provides strong winds and heavy rain, and even sleet and snow in some places.

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Meteorologist for the Meteorological Office’s Deputy Chief Chris Almond said of the weather on Friday and Saturday: ‘Gusts are likely to reach 50 to 60 mph wide, with 70 to 80 mph possible in coastal locations, particularly in parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

“In addition to strong winds, rain will also move south across the country on Friday, with showers increasingly turning into the hills in the north. This wintry mix of showers will continue on Saturday, and although snow is possible almost everywhere away from it extreme south, accumulations are likely to be confined to hills.

“It will be a windy period with potentially disruptive gales. These may cause some delays for road, rail, air and ferry transport with a small chance that exposed roads and bridges may close. There is a small chance of some damage to buildings, such as bricks blown from roofs and damage to temporary structures such as Christmas markets.

“On Sunday, all showers will be mainly confined to the eastern coastal areas, but there may still be some snow, but only over the hills.”

Bristol will see low temperatures down to 1C overnight and the mercury will peak at 6C on Saturday and Sunday

With Office South West weather forecast

Today: A bright and cold day for most, but with plenty of sunshine. Showers of rain and hail will at times affect western Cornwall, particularly the Isles of Scilly. Feels much colder, especially on coasts exposed to the strong north wind. Maximum temperature 8C.

Tonight: Showers continue in Cornwall tonight, these edges into Devon. Dry elsewhere and in some places frost. The cloud rises later and the temperature rises at dawn. Gets windy in the west. Minimum temperature 1 C.

Friday: Cloudy in the morning with occasional rain. Brighter sky with heavy windy showers later in the day, some showers with small hail. Blown with coastal gale. Maximum temperature 10C.

Prospects for Saturday to Monday: Very windy and cold Saturday, with sunshine and showers, wintry over hills. Dry Sunday with much weaker winds. Cloudy with rain at times Monday and less cold.

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With Office UK long-range weather forecast

Monday, November 29 to Wednesday, December 8

Cloudy with a little rain in the west, spreading to the east on Monday, although some parts of the east may start dry and frosty, with lighter winds than at the latest in a period. Remains cold with early and perhaps late frost in places. Gets largely uneasy during this period with rain and strong winds often moving in from the west or northwest. Some lighter and drier periods are likely especially in the south and southeast. Windy with a risk of gale force winds at times, especially in the north and northwest. Temperatures will be milder than late in the south, but mostly quite cold in the north with the risk of hill snow as well as frost and ice.

Thursday, December 9, to Thursday, December 23

Overall, during this period it is expected to be turbulent and changeable with milder and wetter conditions than the average for most, leading to the risk of stormy conditions. May become more firm in the southern regions for a period in the middle of this period, which will increase the risk of frost and fog when the sky becomes clear during the night

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