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  • 22 February 2013, 15:35

Weather: February Cold Snap Takes Hold Of UK

The UK is in the grip of an unusually cold snap, with freezing winds and snow flurries sweeping across the nation.

Strong gusts of up to 50mph will mean that temperatures hovering around freezing point could feel more like -10C (14F) in some areas.

The temperatures are much colder than normal for this time of year, when we should expect averages of around 6-8C (43-46.4F).

Light snow fell in central London on Friday with visitors to the newly opened Shard - western Europe's tallest building that stands at 1,016ft (310m) - reporting seeing a few flakes.

Temperatures in the capital are set to plunge to -2C (28.4F) later tonight, with the wind chill making it feel even colder.

Further dustings of snow are forecast in eastern and central England on Friday, as the half-term holiday nears its end.

Up to a couple of centimetres are due over the southern Pennines, the hills of Yorkshire and some parts of Kent overnight.

The cold spell is set to continue over the weekend due to raw easterly winds.

On Saturday there is an increasing risk of snow flurries coming in from the east and spreading across the west towards Wales leaving a dusting of snow behind.

It will remain cold on Sunday with more wintry showers before temperatures start to rise on Monday.