Wintry showers could hit Jersey at the weekend as temperatures plummet

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JERSEY could see a scattering of wintry showers at the weekend as freezing conditions continue to grip the whole of the British Isles.

Temperatures are expected to rise to between 5°C and 7°C this week and fall to as low as 1°C at night.

And Jersey Met says that by Saturday there will be a risk of wintry showers.

Conditions will be much more severe in the UK, where some areas are expected to see more than 10cm of snow this week.

The Met Office and UK Health Security Agency have issued a severe cold weather alert for England, warning that the plummeting temperatures could increase health risks to vulnerable people and disrupt deliveries.

The level three, or amber, cold weather alert was issued on Monday morning and warns of severe conditions in England between 6pm on Wednesday and 9am on Monday, December 12.

The alert requires social and healthcare services to take action to protect high-risk groups. Meanwhile, the RAC has advised motorists to check their vehicles are ‘winter ready’, with properly inflated tyres that have good tread.

The cold weather has followed Jersey’s third-mildest autumn on record, with an average temperature of 15°C – well above the long-term monthly average of 13.5°C.

It was also wetter than usual, with 305.2mm of rain falling from the start of September to the end of November, compared to a seasonal average of 282.5mm.

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