BRITS will be faced with wintry showers in an Arctic PLUNGE on Easter Monday after a dry and bright weekend.
Snow, sleet, and hail are expected during the -3C freeze on Monday, after a week where Britain saw one of the hottest March temperatures on record.
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There will be a “massive step down” in temperatures on Sunday night into Monday, as everywhere across the UK approaches freezing.
The wintry showers are set to fall sporadically on Easter Monday as the freezing arctic maritime air mass grips Britain.
And the arctic chill will be accompanied by strong northerly winds – which will make the outside feel even colder.
On Monday, mercury will plunge to lows of -3C in Aberdeen, Scotland, -2C in Leeds, and a nippy 0C in Norwich.
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.
“What we’re experiencing is a two stage process. High temperatures we saw on Tuesday and Wednesday are bring clipped.
“Now we’re seeing average temperatures for this time of year, but there will be a massive step down on Sunday night and Monday.”
While the showers develop quite quickly, the showers will be wintry, accompanied by sleet or snow.
The weather expert added that as wintry showers develop quickly on Monday, it will “probably be too cold for rain to occur, certainly north of southern England.”
But the sleet and snow showers won’t necessarily last long, before easing off again as Brits will wake up to frost on their lawns in the mornings.
Easter Sunday is set to be bright for many Brits – and will be the best day for Rule of Six meet-ups in the garden, with temperatures topping 15C in southern areas.
And on Good Friday today, southern England and Wales will see double figures, with highs of 12C in London and slightly chillier weather in northern areas.
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Despite this week playing host to the hottest day of the year so far, the bookies now make it just a 2/1 shot for snow to fall anywhere in the UK before the weekend is out.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Temperatures are set to take another turn and the odds suggest we could even see snow this Easter weekend.”