British cyclists are in for a shock: sub-zero temperatures, snow and ice hit the nation this week after a lengthy spell of unseasonal mild weather

Winter looks set to arrive properly in Britain this week, with snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures sweeping across the nation after a long spell of unusually mild and wet weather.

The forecast is a grim one for those of us commuting by bike or planning a long ride this week, particularly on the back of the recent milder, albeit wet weather.

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Our advice is to keep a close eye on the weather forecast for the next 48 hours, and above all make sure that you are fully prepared for the weather if or when you do venture out on your bike.

After being hit by record rainfall and flooding throughout December and early January, parts of Scotland and the north of England have already experienced some snowfall as cold weather arrives from Scandinavia.

Temperatures will fall later this week, with the possibility of sleet and snow moving as far south as London by Friday.

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Clearer skies are forecast into the weekend for many regions, but that brings with it the risk of icy roads, something that many of us haven’t experienced since the spring.

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All of this means that you will have to delve into your cycling drawer to retrieve your cold-weather clothing, particularly as it is such a marked change in weather.

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If you intend on going out riding, take note of road conditions in your area, and again keep an eye out for weather warnings on the local news.

It’s sometimes best to delay starting your ride until mid-morning to increase the chance of ice melting.