Temperatures are set to drop in a sharp change in the conditions over the next five days as cold Arctic air hits the nation.

The Met Office shows that the temperature will plunge to -4C on Wednesday (January 17) evening with subzero temperatures lingering all week in Oxford.

The temperature change will begin tonight as forecasters predict there will be a low of -1C overnight.

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Freezing temperatures will then return Monday (January 15) evening which will see a low of -3C as will Tuesday (January 16) and Thursday (January 18).

Temperatures will slightly rise on Friday (January 19) with a low of -1C predicted by the forecaster.

However, experts at the Met Off have said Southern regions are at “low risk” of snow.

Southern regions are expected to be largely dry over Sunday and Monday.

Ms Criswick added: “It looks generally dry, there’s an odd shower around, a little bit of cloud, it should be largely dry. There should be largely sunny spells, with temperatures around 7C to 8C.”

It comes as Snow is forecast to hit parts of northern Scotland on Sunday as cold air from the Arctic brings chilly temperatures.

A yellow weather warning for snow and ice is in place all day on Sunday and into Monday, covering areas including the Highlands and the Orkney and Shetland Islands.

The Met Office warns parts of northern Scotland could see around 10cm of snow over the next two days.