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Easter weather forecast – Met Office issues yellow weather warning as -5C Arctic plunge to bring snow, sleet and hail

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HEAVY snow warnings have been issued for parts of northern Scotland as the UK braces for chilly -5C temperatures over Easter weekend.

The Met Office said that no part of the country would be “immune” from snowfall on Easter Monday as temperatures across Britain continue to drop.

An “Arctic trough” will then see the Mercury plunge to -3C.

The colder weather coincides with the easing of coronavirus restrictions across the country and police have urged people to continue to respect the rules.

There will be a “massive step down” in temperatures on Sunday night into Monday – as all areas across the UK approach freezing.

The ‘Thundersnow’ phenomenon combines stormy weather with wintry showers and happens when air closer to the ground is warmer than above but it is still cold enough to snow.

Grahame Madge, a spokesperson for the Met Office told the Sun Online: “The real cold is coming in late on Sunday and into Monday, and by Monday most places in UK will be subject to this Arctic plunge.

“It will be bringing wintery showers to northern England and Scotland, but we could also see wintery showers anywhere sporadically, and what we will see is likely to be hail, sleet, or snow.”

Read our live blog below for the latest weather news and updates…

  • WATCH: EASTER WEATHER FORECAST – BRITS FACE THUNDERSNOW OVER HOLIDAY WEEKEND AS YELLOW WEATHER WARNING ISSUED FOR SUNDAY

    Easter weather forecast – Brits face THUNDERSNOW over holiday weekend as yellow weather warning issued for Sunday
  • MAPPED: YELLOW WEATHER WARNINGS FOR EASTER SUNDAY AND MONDAY

  • BRITS FLOCKED TO BEACHES AND PARKS TODAY DESPITE DIPPING TEMPERATURES AND BANS ON LARGE CROWDS

    BRITS have flocked to beaches and parks today – despite cops imposing Asbo-style bans on cities and town centres to control the Easter crowds.

    The new rules mean that anyone older than 10 engaging in “anti-social behaviour” can be banned from an area for up to two days.

    Cops will also be able to confiscate booze. Anyone who breaks the order by refusing to move on or coming back before they’re allowed can be jailed for up to three months. Rule-breakers can also be fined £2,500.

    In Manchester there is a blanket 48-hour “disposal order” for the whole city centre – lasting until 3pm tomorrow – after hundreds gathered for an illegal rave on Wednesday night, breaking strict Covid restrictions.

    A “dispersal order” has been introduced in Nottingham after a large group of boozy students brawled and were caught weeing in park bushes at the Arboretum on the first day of lockdown easing.

  • MOST PARTS OF UK WILL ‘STRUGGLE TO REACH DOUBLE DIGIT FIGURES’ ON MONDAY

    Parts of the UK saw temperatures reach nearly 24C (75.2F) on Wednesday, with Weybourne, north Norfolk, leading the way at a peak of 23.9C (75F) – short of the nation’s hottest-ever March temperature of 25.6C (78F), which was recorded in 1968 at Mepal in Cambridgeshire.

    The Met Office said temperatures would decline steadily across the UK and by Monday most parts would struggle to reach double digits due to the country entering an “Arctic trough”.

    On Saturday, temperatures in the South East and London are expected to be about 12C (53.6F) and, further north, Manchester and Leeds could see highs of 13C (55.4F) and 10C (50F) respectively.

    By Monday, London may drop to 8C (46.4F), Manchester 7C (44.6F) and Leeds a chilly 5C (41F).

    “Nowhere is going to be immune from potentially seeing some snow showers on Monday, even down towards the south west of England,” said Mr Snell.

  • MET OFFICE PREDICTS DRY START FOR SATURDAY

    Brits can expect dry start to the day tomorrow with early spells of sunshine, according to Meteogroup.

    It will then be dry with lengthy sunny spells, the best of these will be across much of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    Cloud will build in across large parts of England and Wales.

  • DREAMING OF A WHITE… EASTER

    The Met Office has warned that some parts of the UK might experience a white Easter this year.

    Nicola Maxey, from the Met Office, said: “There are some blustery winds around, particularly along the east coast, as we go through the weekend.

    “It’s a marked change from what we saw on Wednesday and by the end of Friday we’re really all in this cold air.”

  • COPS ISSUE WARNING AMID MILD WEATHER FORECAST

    Police have warned Brits not to gather in large groups during today’s milder weather.

    The Met Police’s deputy assistant commissioner Jane Connors, who is leading the Met’s strategic response to Covid-19, said: “After a long and difficult few months, let’s not undo all of that hard work now.

    “With nice weather on the way, we can expect to see parks and beauty spots busier than usual.

    “Please stay safe and continue to follow the rules. Don’t crowd in open spaces and do follow the rule of six, or, only meet up with one other household.”

  • CONTINUED…

    Craig Snell, forecaster for the Met Office, said: “After a taste of summer for a lot of the UK we will see things turn much colder as we go through the second half of the Easter weekend.

    “A lot of the UK will be prone to seeing some wintry showers as we go through the course of Monday but northern Scotland is where we’ll see the heaviest and most frequent snow.

    “That’s where there’s most concern that we might see some disruption.”

  • HEAVY SNOW FORECAST IN SCOTLAND BUT NO PART OF UK WILL BE ‘IMMUNE’ BY MONDAY

    Heavy snow warnings have been issued for parts of northern Scotland as the UK braces itself for a chilly Easter weekend.

    The Met Office said that no part of the country would be “immune” from snowfall on Easter Monday as the temperatures continue to drop.

    The colder weather coincides with the easing of coronavirus restrictions across the country and police have urged people to continue to respect the rules.

    Parts of Scotland including Fife, Strathclyde and Highlands are due to see gale-force winds and snow showers that could cause travel disruption.

    There could be as much as 15cm of snow in higher areas and temperatures may drop as low as minus 5C (23F) on Easter Monday morning.

  • UP TO 6INS ‘SEVERE’ SNOW AT EASTER

    BRITS will be battered with wintry showers in an Arctic PLUNGE on Easter Monday with up to SIX inches of snow set to fall.

    Snow, sleet, and hail are expected during the ‘severe’ -5C freeze on Monday – after a week where Britain saw one of the hottest March temperatures on record.

    Read more here.

  • LAMBS AT RISK OF HYPOTHERMIA AS TEMPERATURES PLUNGE

    Tiny newborn Easter lambs are at risk of dying of hypothermia as temperatures plunge, experts have warned.

    Phil Stocker, chief executive of the National Sheep Association, said “Sheep and livestock farmers, especially in the UK’s uplands, are acutely aware of the potential for a spring cold snap which can bring devastation and soul-destroying losses during lambing time.

    “The sector has endured several cold weather events during recent springs and these have wrought considerable hardship to both stock and hill farmers.

    “However, being aware of the approaching change in weather type will allow farmers to buffer the impacts by taking action to avoid the worst losses.”

  • MET OFFICE: NO REGIONS OF THE UK ‘IMMUNE’ FROM SNOW ON MONDAY

    Met Office forecaster Craig Snell has said that no region in the UK is “immune” from snow this Monday.

    He said: “Nowhere is going to be immune from potentially seeing some snow showers on Monday, even down towards the south west of England.

    “But as it comes further south, it will fall from the sky but it probably won’t settle because the ground will be warm enough that as soon as it lands it will just melt.

    “But anyone in the UK may see some flakes falling if they’re looking out of the window.”

  • NORTH OF ENGLAND TO BE ‘UNUSUALLY COLD’ ON SUNDAY

    Sky News Weather producer Joanna Robinson said that while Easter weekend would start mostly fine, it would turn “unusually cold” from the north on Sunday.

    She said: “Arctic air will then plunge southwards to affect all areas on Easter Monday, with a significant wind-chill making it feel very cold for early April.”

    It comes as a contrast to sweltering 20C temperatures in the North earlier this week.

  • DRY START FOR SATURDAY

    Brits can expect dry start to the day tomorrow with early spells of sunshine, according to Meteogroup.

    It will then be dry with lengthy sunny spells, the best of these will be across much of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    Cloud will build in across large parts of England and Wales.

  • CROWDS ENJOY THE SUN IN SWANSEA

    Brits flocked to the seafront at Mumbles, near Swansea, Wales this afternoon to catch the sunshine.

    Wales has enjoyed warm weather today – though temperatures are set to dip tomorrow.

    Credit: Robert Melen
  • DRY EVENING EXPECTED

    The Met Office has said Brits can expect a “dry evening” later on today.

    They wrote: “Cloud will persist in central and eastern areas of England.

    “Elsewhere, there will be clear skies allowing temperatures to quickly fall away after dark.”

  • COPS ISSUE WARNING AMID MILD WEATHER FORECAST

    Police have warned Brits not to gather in large groups during today’s milder weather.

    The Met Police’s deputy assistant commissioner Jane Connors, who is leading the Met’s strategic response to Covid-19, said: “After a long and difficult few months, let’s not undo all of that hard work now.

    “With nice weather on the way, we can expect to see parks and beauty spots busier than usual.

    “Please stay safe and continue to follow the rules. Don’t crowd in open spaces and do follow the rule of six, or, only meet up with one other household.”

  • FUN IN THE SUN

    People walk along the seafront in Brighton, East Sussex in the sunny weather this afternoon.

    Credit: PA
  • ODDS SLASHED ON SNOW FALL ON EASTER MONDAY

    Leading bookmaker Coral has slashed the odds on snow fall for Easter Monday to 1-4 (from 6-4) following the latest forecasts.

    The firm makes it 5-2 for this Easter to be the coldest on record in the UK, while April is 3-1 to be a record cold month.

    “It’s going to be feel like winter once again on the bank holiday weekend. Our betting suggests snow is very likely to fall on Monday,” said Coral’s John Hill.

  • WINTER RETURNS

    The Met Office has warned Brits that the weekend could feel like a return to the winter after sunny spells this week.

    In an afternoon update, the forecaster wrote: “With a maximum of 24°C forecast on Wednesday, a drop to single figures for many by the start of next week poses a challenge for sectors such as agriculture and horticulture.

    “This is particularly true from late Sunday and into early next week when the character of the weather is likely to change with the prospect of snow showers for many accompanied by very strong northerly winds.”

  • LAMBS AT RISK OF HYPOTHERMIA AS TEMPERATURES PLUNGE

    Tiny newborn Easter lambs are at risk of dying of hypothermia as temperatures plunge, experts have warned.

    Phil Stocker, chief executive of the National Sheep Association, said “Sheep and livestock farmers, especially in the UK’s uplands, are acutely aware of the potential for a spring cold snap which can bring devastation and soul-destroying losses during lambing time.

    “The sector has endured several cold weather events during recent springs and these have wrought considerable hardship to both stock and hill farmers.

    “However, being aware of the approaching change in weather type will allow farmers to buffer the impacts by taking action to avoid the worst losses.”

  • MET OFFICE: NO REGIONS OF THE UK ‘IMMUNE’ FROM SNOW ON MONDAY

    Met Office forecaster Craig Snell has said that no region in the UK is “immune” from snow this Monday.

    He said: “Nowhere is going to be immune from potentially seeing some snow showers on Monday, even down towards the south west of England.

    “But as it comes further south, it will fall from the sky but it probably won’t settle because the ground will be warm enough that as soon as it lands it will just melt.

    “But anyone in the UK may see some flakes falling if they’re looking out of the window.”

  • WRAPPING UP TO ENJOY THE BEACH IN BRRRRRRIGHTON

    Bobble hats and winter coats were on show as the cooler weather hit the South Coast on Good Friday morning
    Bobble hats and winter coats were on show as the cooler weather hit the South Coast on Good Friday morningCredit: David McHugh / Brighton Pictures
  • DREAMING OF A WHITE… EASTER

    The Met Office has warned that some parts of the UK might experience a white Easter this year.

    Nicola Maxey, from the Met Office, said: “There are some blustery winds around, particularly along the east coast, as we go through the weekend.

    “It’s a marked change from what we saw on Wednesday and by the end of Friday we’re really all in this cold air.”



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