London weather forecast: 80 per cent chance of snow this weekend

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ondon could get its first winter snow this weekend after temperatures plummet.

Forecasters are predicting heavy wind and rain to thrash the capital before the white stuff arrives as early as 6pm on Friday.

Netweather shows a 30 per cent chance of snow on Friday followed by an 80 per cent chance on Saturday.

Snowflakes will make their way towards London from the Welsh coast, according to WX Charts.

The Met Office is forecasting patchy frost, ice and snow for London and the southeast on Sunday.

However, Grahame Madge told the Evening Standard it is very doubtful that the snow will fall in the city.

“Wintry showers, including snow, will be a characterize of the UK forecast until the weekend,” he said.

“However, wintry conditions will keep largely confined to northern hills above 300m.

People walk on the south bank of the river Thames in London during a snow shower in February

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“Away from the Scottish Highlands, the Lake District, and the north Pennines, there is very little scope for wintry conditions, especially not for lower levels in southern England.”

Thursday is expected to kickstart with cloud and rain in coastal areas amid bright and sunny spells in London with a maximum temperature of 7C.

A Met Office spokesperson said: “Conditions turning very unsettled Friday and Saturday with gales, rain or showers, these perhaps wintry at times especially on higher ground.

“Mostly dry Sunday, with winds slowly easing. Feeling cold.”

Moving into next week, rain and strong winds are expected to move in from the west or northwest.

London can nevertheless expect some brighter and drier weather although there remains the risk of gales at times.

Temperatures will be milder in the south but remaining mostly rather cold in the north with a risk of hill snow in addition as frost and ice.

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