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Weather forecast UK – SNOW to fall on Easter as Brits enjoy scorching heat today


AN Arctic snap will see temperatures plunge by 10C with SNOW coming for Easter Monday, say forecasters ahead of the weekend.

Mark Sidaway, the Met Office’s deputy chief meteorologist, said: “Very cold Arctic air will move in from the north west through Sunday, bringing snow showers and freezing overnight temperatures.

“The snow showers will predominantly affect the north and west of the UK. The south and east will likely remain drier but still cold with a lower chance of wintry showers.”

The Weather Outlook’s Brian Gaze said temperatures across the UK could dip below freezing on Saturday.

The coldest Easter weekend on record was in 2013 when minus 12.5C was recorded at Braemar in Aberdeenshire, on Easter Sunday.

It comes after Tuesday saw temperatures heat up to sweltering 24C, becoming officially the UK’s hottest March day in 50 years.

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

  • BIG TEMPERATURE SWING

    The Met Office said the warmer temperatures were more unusual than the cold temperatures for the end of March.

    “But it’s the colder temperatures that people will remember and note,” said Ms Maxey.

    “It’s not unusual to see these big swings in Spring – it’s a transition period between winter and summer.

    “The cold will be with us for much of next week, and with any showers you could see the possibility of snow falling over high ground in northern areas – the Pennines, Cumbria, Scotland.”

  • FEARS BRITS COULD FACE FOURTH LOCKDOWN IF MASS CROWDS PARTY IN PARK OVER EASTER WEEKEND IN STARK WARNING

    BRITS could face another Covid lockdown if mass crowds party in parks and gardens over the Easter weekend.

    Experts have warned the virus is still dangerous, as cops plead with parents to keep their kids at home after three nights of breaking up raves.

    The desperate request comes amid fears the sudden mingling since rules were eased could lead to a spike in cases and another lockdown.

    Flouting the rules and dodging social distancing could plunge the country back into tougher restrictions later down the line or delay the roadmap out of lockdown.

    Parks have been shut, booze seized and drunk youngsters escorted home by cops for the past few nights as hot weather saw Brits hit green spaces.

     

  • ODDS SLASHED ON EASTER SUNDAY SNOW

    The UK could see snowfall on Easter Sunday, according to the latest odds from Ladbrokes.

    Having been a 6/4 shot earlier this week, the bookies now make it just 5/4 that snow falls anywhere in the UK on Sunday with temperatures set to take another dip.

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “The odds are tumbling with the temperatures and while it once looked like this Easter might be a scorcher, it could well be quite the opposite on the weather front with snow on the way over the coming days.”

  • FRIDAY MARKS ‘MALIGN START TO EASTER’

    Temperatures will drop to the low teens in the east of England from Thursday, Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge told the PA news agency.

    Mr Madge said a “cold front” will start moving down from the north, bringing with it colder, windier conditions in stark contrast to the previous “warm southerly winds”.

    Wet weather is forecast for Easter Sunday, with the chance of sleet or snow in Scotland and the far north of England.

    Mr Madge added: “Friday should mark a rather malign start to Easter, with colder conditions for large swathes of the country as part of an Arctic plunge.

    “Temperatures will be dragged down quite a bit from the day before, with wintry showers expected in Scotland and the most northern regions in England.”

  • FORECAST FOR TONIGHT

    The Met Office’s forecast for tonight says: “Dry for most with long clear spells. Turning chilly, with a frost for parts of the north and west.

    “Cloudier across eastern England and also northern Scotland, where are few spots of rain are possible.”

  • CALM BEFORE THE STORM

    Two women leap in the air as they pose for a photo at Bournemouth beach in Dorset.

    Group of friends have been enjoying the last day of warm temperatures before the weather turns colder from tonight.

    People were also seen eating and relaxing on the beach.

    Two friends pose for a photo in Bournemouth
    Two friends pose for a photo in BournemouthCredit: ©Graham Hunt
  • COLD SNAP COULD BRING DEVASTATION TO FARMERS

    Phil Stocker, chief executive of the National Sheep Association, said the dramatic change in weather conditions could bring devastation to farmers.

    He 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.” 

  • FREEZING OVERNIGHT TEMPERATURES

    After a spell of warm weather for many, cooler conditions will spread across the UK by Friday before likely becoming unsettled and much colder with the chance of wintry conditions from Sunday.

    Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Mark Sidaway, said: “After a settled, warm spell with plenty of sunshine particularly across England and Wales our weather will take a notable change in direction later in the weekend.

    “Very cold Arctic air will move in from the north west through Sunday, bringing snow showers and freezing overnight temperatures.

    “The snow showers will predominantly affect the north and west of the UK. 

    “The south and east will likely remain drier but still cold with a lower chance of wintry showers.” 

  • COLD AIR COMING IN

    Eastern parts of the UK have become much colder today.

    In the southwest, however, it is still warm this afternoon.

    Over the next few days it will get even colder, the Met Office said.

  • WALKING BY THE SEA

    People make their way along Southsea Esplanade as they enjoy the warm weather.

    From today, temperatures are turning colder.

    Snow may blanket some parts of the country on Sunday and Monday.

    People make their way along Southsea Esplanade
    People make their way along Southsea EsplanadeCredit: PA
  • BIG SWING

    The Met Office said the warmer temperatures were more unusual than the cold temperatures for the end of March.

    “But it’s the colder temperatures that people will remember and note,” said Ms Maxey.

    “It’s not unusual to see these big swings in Spring – it’s a transition period between winter and summer.

    “The cold will be with us for much of next week, and with any showers you could see the possibility of snow falling over high ground in northern areas – the Pennines, Cumbria, Scotland.”

  • GREAT WHITE PELICANS IN LONDON

    Great White Pelicans were pictured at St James’ Park in London today.

    They are among the largest flying birds in the world, Animalia explains.

    The Great White Pelican has the abilities of multiple birds, such as long flights and swimming.

    A Great White Pelican at St James' Park in London.
    A Great White Pelican at St James’ Park in London.Credit: Getty
  • 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.”

  • ‘TWISTS AND TURNS’

    Ladbrokes have slashed odds on snow falling in the UK this month.

    Despite temperatures hitting highs at the back end of March, the bookies make it just a 1/5 shot for snow to fall throughout Easter.

    Elsewhere, just 6/4 says we see snow anywhere in the UK on Easter Sunday.

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “2021’s weird and wonderful twists and turns on the weather front look set to continue with snow now likely to fall as early as Easter Sunday.”

  • CHILLY 5C TEMPERATURES TO HIT UK

    Temperatures are set to plummet to 5C as Britain is hit by an Arctic Blast.

    The Met Office said that despite the conditions earlier this week, temperatures would decline steadily and by Monday would struggle to reach double digits.

  • CHILLIER TODAY AFTER HIGHS OF 23.9C YESTERDAY

    It’s been a colder day for many after Brits basked in warm temperatures yesterday.

    In Weybourne yesterday, it reached 23.9C.

    Although chillier across the country today, those in the south-west will be able to enjoy high of around 20C.

  • FORECAST FOR TONIGHT

    Tonight will see cloud pushing into north Scotland and east England, according to the Met Office.

    There will be good clear spells elsewhere.

    Frost likely in places, particularly parts of Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and the far north of England.

  • SPRING FLOWERS

    Daffodils blooming at Birkenhead Park, Wirral.

    These flowers announce beginning of the spring and waking of nature.

    Ancient Romans cultivated daffodils and believed that sap extracted from the flowers possesses healing properties.

    Daffodils in bloom at Birkenhead Park, Wirral
    Daffodils in bloom at Birkenhead Park, WirralCredit: PA
  • TEMPERATURES TURNING COLDER

    On Saturday, temperatures in the south east and London are expected to be about 12C and, further north, Manchester and Leeds could see highs of 13C and 10C respectively.

    But, by Monday, London may drop to 8C, Manchester 7C and Leeds a chilly 5C.

  • TOP REGIONS WITH LOWEST AIR POLLUTION RATES

    New research conducted by holidaycottages.co.uk found these are the top ten regions with the lowest air pollution rates in the UK:

    • Midlothian, Scotland (5.1)
    • Wiltshire, England (5.4)
    • Berkshire, England (5.8)
    • Perthshire, Scotland, and Gwynedd, Wales (6.1)
    • Lanarkshire, Scotland (6.3)
    • Pembrokeshire, Wales (6.4)
    • Stirlingshire, Fife, Clackmannan, and City of Dundee, Scotland (6.5)
    • City of Edinburgh, Scotland (6.6)
    • Renfrewshire, Scotland (6.7)
    • Ayrshire, Scotland (6.8)
  • AFTERNOON OUTLOOK

    This afternoon will be dry for most of us, the Met Office said.

    Parts of Wales, the Midlands and northern England will be cloudy.

    Other areas will experience sunny conditions.

  • WINDS TO HIT UK

    Nicola Maxey, spokeswoman for 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 – we’re in an Arctic trough.”

  • ‘BIG SWING’ IN WEATHER CONDITIONS AT EASTER

    People are being warned to watch out over the Easter weekend due to a “big swing” in weather conditions that could bring gale force winds and even snow to parts of the UK.

    The Met Office said that despite the almost record-setting March conditions earlier this week, temperatures would decline steadily and by Monday would struggle to reach double digits.

    The Met Office said the “marked change” in temperature was due to the country entering an “Arctic trough” and colder conditions were expected to last through next week.

  • WEATHER FORECAST FOR TOMORROW

    The Met Office’s forecast for tomorrow says: “A fine and sunny day for many though more cloud over eastern and northern parts.

    “Breezy in the east and feeling cool along the coasts.”

  • ROADWORKS TO TAKE PLACE AT THE WEEKEND

    On Good Friday, thought to be the busiest day for traffic, some roadworks will continue across the country, according to Highways England’s website.

    More than 600 planned engineering works are due to take place over the bank holiday weekend.

    But use of national rail services is currently down to about a quarter of levels seen before the pandemic.





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