Britons could be in for cold shock

Commuters enjoying the recent warm weather could see their journeys into work blighted by snow early next week, forecasters have claimed.

MeteoGroup said sleet or snow could fall as a cold front moves in on the country on Monday after a week of sweltering temperatures of 20C (68F) and above.

Although Monday's temperatures could hit 13C (55.4F) or 14C (57.2F) in London, they could fall to 8C (46.4F) or 9C (48.2F) in Scotland. The threat of snow returning to UK roads brings a timely reminder of the chaos seen in recent winters, underscoring the importance ofbreakdown cover .

Clare Allen, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "At the moment, the models look like there will be a cold front clearing southwards across the country after the weekend.

"That will carry rain, and the back edge could turn to sleet or snow. There may be wintry showers behind this cold front, but it should be confined to northern hills, including over the Pennines."

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