Now get set for Spring SNOW! Sunshine and warm weather gives way to rain and snow as temperatures plunge from 20.8C to -6C as cold snap bites this week
- Forecasters say temperatures could drop to -6C (21F) as BST sees spring sunshine give way to gloomy skies
- Snow is possible as conditions become colder, cloudier and more unsettled, bringing rain and sleet to areas
- Mercury will only reach half highs of last week, when hottest day of the year was recorded at 20.8C (69.4F)
Here’s the bad news: The recent spell of glorious weather is coming to an abrupt end. And here’s the worse news: It could snow too.
Forecasters have warned temperatures could plummet as low as -6C (21F) as the arrival of British Summer Time sees spring sunshine give way to gloomy skies.
The Met Office said snow is possible in parts of the country as conditions become colder, cloudier and more unsettled, bringing rain and sleet in some areas.
The mercury will only reach half the highs of last week, when the hottest day of the year so far – 20.8C (69.4F) – was recorded in St James’s Park, London.
This is due to cold air from Scotland that should reach England by tomorrow evening, resulting in possible showers and overnight temperatures below freezing.
These are set to drop further on Wednesday, with snow predicted for areas including the Pennines.
Parts of northern England, northern Wales and central England are expected to be the worst affected by the colder spell.
Much of the UK basked in milder-than-usual temperatures last week.
Camborne in Cornwall had 11.3 hours of sunlight on Thursday and there has been as much sunlight already this month as would be expected in the whole of March.
Met Office forecaster Jonathan Vautrey said: ‘High pressure is going to decay away over the next few days and we will be pushing in colder weather as cold air comes from the north.
‘Cold weather will go southwards from Scotland on Tuesday and by Wednesday, we will see more organised bands of rain that could have hail and snow mixed in. This will feed into the south of the UK.
YESTERDAY: People enjoy the sunshine on Mother’s Day on the beach in Bournemouth, Dorset, yesterday afternoon
SATURDAY: People make the most of the weather in Southsea, Hampshire, on Saturday as the UK enjoyed warm temperatures
‘Snow could come on Wednesday evening or Thursday, especially in areas such as the Pennines. Overnight into Wednesday and Thursday, many areas will fall considerably lower than freezing, towards -6C.’
His colleague Alex Burkill said: ‘Wednesday will be the most extreme in terms of wintry weather, as a cold stream of air will start to push southwards bringing unpredictable wet and windy conditions, even snow or sleet.’
‘It looks like most places will be impacted, parts of northern England, northern Wales and central England are expected to be the worst affected.
‘This wintry weather could even push into southern areas of England and Wales, which isn’t unusual, it is normal to have colder weather in April, but it’s far from the sunny, warm days seen last week.’
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