Forecasters have warned the coldest night of the winter could be ahead with temperatures in the UK possibly dropping as low as -14C.

A severe warning for snow and ice has been put in place across a large swathe of the country, where the mercury is yet to fall below -13C over the winter months.

The yellow weather warning is in place for large parts of Scotland, northern England, the Midlands, Wales and East Anglia, and will last from 6am to 6pm on Sunday.

A very cold night means icy patches are likely on roads, pavements and cycle paths, while public transport is likely to be affected with longer journey times on bus and train services.

Amid the frosty start, a band of snow will move across a large area of Britain over the course of Sunday.

Meanwhile London is expected to experience further persistent rain after Saturday’s washout.

Met Office forecaster Becky Mitchell told the Standard: “Through the rest of tonight it will be largely dry but a band of rain is moving across from the west which is set to bring more wet weather tomorrow.

“Temperatures could fall as low as -14C in parts of rural Scotland and there is a chilly night ahead for London as well, with lows of around 2C but closer to freezing on the outskirts of London.

“Tomorrow there will be a band of rain pushing eastwards, which could result in snow across a large area.

“In London it is more likely to fall as rain although there could be sleet north of the M25.

“It will be cloudy and wet, quite a grotty day, with highs in London of about 8C.”

The start to next week is likely to be milder and drier, before more unsettled weather returns on Wednesday.

Ms Mitchell added: “After the the rain and snow, it will be largely dry on Sunday night.

“Into next week it will be generally milder and much drier, with highs of around 10C in the London area on Monday and 13C on Tuesday.”