RARE thundersnow and gales are predicted as part of an Arctic trough set to blanket Britain over Easter.
The recent sunny weather will be replaced by much colder temperatures.
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They hit a near-record 23.9C (75F) last Tuesday in Weybourne, Norfolk.
But the East of England is set to be at least ten degrees cooler by Easter Monday.
The cold front will move in from the North, with the chance of rain on Sunday.
Temperatures are expected to hover around freezing on Monday in the North East, with thundersnow outbreaks.
The 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.
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Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said: “It’s a marked change and, by the end of Friday, we’re really in an Arctic trough.
“There are some blustery winds around, particularly along the east coast, as we go through the weekend.”
Colleague Grahame Madge said: “Friday should mark a rather malign start to Easter. Temperatures will be dragged down quite a bit.”
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