London weather: Temperatures plummet but capital escapes snow after Met Office warning

Londoners were warned to brace for a week-long cold snap starting on Monday as the capital was hit with heavy rain overnight. Icy winds and sub-zero temperatures are

forecast for city while other parts of the UK experience floods and snow, the Met Office has said. The Met Office had issued a snow warning for London for Monday morning

but the persistant rain that was falling on the capital did not turn wintry. However there is a chance that heavy rain will turn into snow in parts of the South East

including Brighton and Canterbury on Monday morning. A yellow snow warning has been issued for the area until 8am, with possible travel disruption. An ice warning

has been issued for most of northern England, including Nottingham, Liverpool and Hull, which is expected to last until 10am on Monday. A snow and ice warning has been issued

until Wednesday morning for Scotland. In London heavy and persistant rain will die out later on Monday, with a high of 5C expected at lunchtime before it dips to -2C

overnight with a sharp frost expected, as well as a risk of icy patches. The cold temperatures are forecast to continue until Sunday, with a high of 3C on Tuesday and 5C on

Wednesday and Thursday, the Met Office said. Sunshine is expected on Tuesday and Thursday in anotherwise cloudly week. Milder air is set to move in from the Atlantic

bringing wet and windy conditions back to the UK towards the end of the week. “It will turn colder with a northerly airflow bringing wintery hazards,” said Met Office

spokesman Grahame Madge.