The Met Office has issued a weather warning with 75mph gales set to batter parts of the UK as temperatures plunge to -10C.
A yellow wind warning is in place from Monday January 7 at 12pm until 3pm on Tuesday.
The strong winds are likely to cause some delays to road, rail and ferry transport.
Some bus and train services might be affected with some journeys taking longer than usual.
Short term loss of power and other services are also possible and those on the coast could be affected by spray and large waves.
Meanwhile, the current cold spell is set to continue across much of the UK with temperatures barely climbing above freezing during the day.
The coming days will see generally cloudy conditions with some areas experiencing frost for some under clear spells.
Some areas will feel like -10C as bitter wind chills descend overnight.
Friday night will remain cloudy keeping temperatures above freezing. Some breaks in the cloud are likely in the northeast and parts of southern England and Wales where frosts and areas of fog are more likely.
Saturday will remain generally dry but cold with a mixture of cloud and some sunny spells. Cloud could thicken enough to bring some spots of light rain over western hills.
Sunday will be cloudy with light rain in northwestern areas, turning less cold. Monday and Tuesday will become windy with coastal gales.
Rain is likely to tun into snow in northern areas at the beginning of the week.
In the long-term, some forecasters are warning of a repeat of the ‘Beast from the East’ that caused chaos around this time last year, with freezing temperatures and heavy snow.
Met Office scientist Dr Jeff Knight told the Express that weather patterns indicate there could be sudden stratospheric warming in the second half of winter.
As a result, temperatures could plunge dramatically across the country and dump heavy snow in many places.
Dr Knight said: “In our long-range outlook so far this winter what we have been saying is that the probability of cold happening is probably more likely later in the winter.
“So, this year we have got a moderate El Nino event and when we have those what tends to happen is it favours more mild and wet and westerly weather in the early parts of winter.”
He added: “I wouldn’t be surprised at all if we were looking at another sudden stratospheric warning in the New Year.”
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