By Sebastian Murphy-bates For Mailonline
Published: 11:56 GMT, 1 January 2019 | Updated: 12:29 GMT, 1 January 2019
Britain is braced for freezing temperatures as an Arctic blast looks set to kick off the cold year, ending the warm spell of recent days.
Cloud and rain will today sweep the UK from north to south as the chill cross the country in a sign of things to come for 2019.
The imminent return of the Beast from the East as well as a Russian Big Freeze mean months of freezing temperatures.
Though the sun will be seen shining across the country today, temperatures are set to plunge and frost will spread tonight, with drivers advised to have ice scrapers ready tomorrow (pictured: This year's first sunrise over Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire
Met Office forecasters believe that