The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has once again extended its cold weather alert amid weekend weather predictions from the Met Office.

The current level 3 cold weather alert, which was set to expire on Monday (January 23), will now remain in place until Wednesday (January 25).

The Met Office has said that today (Friday, January 20) will remain mostly dry with sunshine, after a cold and frosty start this morning. Some showers may affect north Scotland and the North Sea coasts of England.

Temperatures today won’t rise above freezing levels in parts of Scotland, while the south of England will see the highest temperatures of 7°. The rest of the UK will experience temperatures between 1-5°.

The weekend weather

Saturday (January 21) will be cold with cloudy, windy and mild conditions, and some rain at times.

Temperatures on Saturday will be similar to those of today. Scotland will see the coldest temperatures, ranging from -2° to 4° throughout the day.

The rest of the UK will experience slightly milder conditions, with temperatures ranging from 2° to 7°.

Temperatures will drop back during the evening and night, with areas falling to below freezing during Saturday night and into Sunday morning (January 22).

Sunday will bring mild, cloudy and breezy weather conditions with some outbreaks of rain and drizzle in the northwest, which will slowly drift southeast.

Scotland and Northern Ireland will experience mild conditions on Sunday, with highs of 10° in places.

The southwest of England will remain quite old, with temperatures ranging from 0° to 3° throughout the day.