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

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…

  • Katie Davis

    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.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    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, WirralCredit: PA
  • Chiara Fiorillo

    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.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    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.

    • Chiara Fiorillo

      QUIET EASTER

      This could be one of the queitest Easters for decades on Britain's roads.

      With people unable to go to second homes, seaside bars and clubs shut, and theme parks closed, many families may opt to stay local.

      Even so, drivers are being warned of possible congestion from tonight and tomorrow.

      The RAC said fewer trips were expected than in previous years, with people remaining cautious due to the pandemic.

      About 5.6 million people are thought to be planning trips by car in the UK over the Easter bank holiday weekend, a survey of 1,200 drivers by the RAC suggests.

    • Chiara Fiorillo

      PUBLIC URGED TO THINK ABOUT DANGERS OF SWIMMING IN LAKES, RESERVOIRS, RIVERS AND CANALS

      West Yorkshire Police has urged the public to "think again" about the dangers of swimming in lakes, reservoirs, rivers and canals.

      The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) also reminded people to "take care" if they visit the coast.

      RNLI water safety manager Sam Johnson said: "Although the rollout of our lifeguard service starts this weekend, they can't be everywhere, so people need to think about their own safety and what they would do in an emergency.

      "Coastal areas provide a great opportunity to enjoy fresh air and open space but it is important to remember it can be an unpredictable and dangerous environment, particularly during spring and early summer when air temperatures may be warm but water temperatures remain dangerously cold, increasing the risk of cold water shock."

    • Chiara Fiorillo

      BE WEATHER-AWARE

      Met Office forecaster Alex Deakin has given an overview so Brits can prepare for the big change in temperatures.

      After warm weather at the beginning of this week, the weekend is expected to be much colder.

      Some snow could blanket parts of the UK on Sunday and Monday as well.

    • Chiara Fiorillo

      SAHARAN DUST IN THE SKY

      Saharan dust particles have given the sky a strange hue this morning.

      The Met Office shared some satellite pictures showing the particles in the atmosphere.

      Saharan dust is a mixture of sand and dust from the desert and it can reach the UK, if the conditions are right.

    • Chiara Fiorillo

      BOY DIES AT GOIT STOCK WATERFALL

      A 14-year-old boy died after getting into difficulties at Goit Stock waterfall in Cullingworth, West Yorkshire, on Tuesday night.

      Cops have asked for a group of men who tried to help to come forward so they can piece together what happened.

      West Yorkshire Police said on Wednesday: "Emergency services were called just after 6pm yesterday evening to reports of a concern for safety. A 14-year-old male had entered the water and got into difficulty.

      "Emergency services attended, including fire service, ambulance and underwater rescue teams and recovered a body from the water.

      "Police are appealing for witnesses of the incident and in particular, there was a group of males in the area who tried to help the teenager and police would urge them or anyone in the area to come forward and assist with the circumstances of the incident."

    • Chiara Fiorillo

      WOMAN GETS STUCK IN THE SAND IN CORNWALL

      A woman enjoying the good weather and making an early start to the Easter holidays by the seaside came a cropper when she got stuck in the sand.

      Firefighters had to use spades to dig her out when she screamed for help as she began sinking in 'quicksand' at Newquay on Cornwall's north coast.

      By the time they reached her, she was up to her knees and was still sinking.

      The 999 crews from Newquay, Falmouth and Bodmin were called to the scene just after 3pm on Tuesday afternoon.

      After calming her down, they used spades to dig her out – making sure they didn't start sinking too.

    • Chiara Fiorillo

      SNOW FORECAST FOR EASTER MONDAY

      Rain is likely on Easter Sunday and there could even be snow in the north and west of the UK, the Met Office warned.

      "Temperatures across much of England and Wales climbed to over 20C this week however conditions will change dramatically later this week and over the Easter weekend with colder spreading from the north," forecasters said.

    • Chiara Fiorillo

      OPEN-AIR SWIMMING

      People swim in Charlton Lido in London amid warm weather at the beginning of this week.

      Outdoor pools were allowed to reopen on Monday in a further easing of lockdown restrictions.

      The rule of six has also returned.

      People swim in Charlton LidoCredit: Reuters
    • Chiara Fiorillo

      FORECAST FOR TONIGHT

      The Met Office's forecast for tonight says: "Cloud pushing into north Scotland and east England with good clear spells elsewhere.

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

    • Chiara Fiorillo

      LOCKDOWN EXTENSION FEARS

      Brits have been warned not to "blow it now" after thousands packed beaches and parks, sparking fears of a lockdown extension.

      Experts have warned of a spike in infections after cooped-up sunseekers flocked outdoors to mark the hottest March day in more than half a century this week.

      Heath Secretary Matt Hancock tweeted: “Let’s enjoy the sun but let’s do it safely. We’ve come so far – don’t blow it now.”

    • Chiara Fiorillo

      BRITS LOGGED OFF EARLY ON TUESDAY TO ENJOY THE SUN

      New data from Virgin Media reveals Brits logged off early to take advantage of Tuesday’s hot spell before the latest Call of Duty: Warzone update drove gamers back indoors the next day.

      Virgin Media recorded a 19% drop in afternoon upstream traffic – which includes video calls and sending emails – when comparing Tuesday, March 30, the hottest day of the year so far, with the average lockdown weekday.

      But the soaring temperatures didn’t stop Brits logging on outdoors as the provider saw its busiest day for mobile traffic this year to date, with usage up by 13% on recent weeks. 

      Jeanie York, Chief Technology and Information Officer at Virgin Media, said: "On Tuesday, we saw a noticeable drop in upstream traffic during the afternoon as people sought out the sunshine.

      “As restrictions continue to lift, the country starts to bounce back and many people move towards more hybrid models of work, we expect broadband behaviour to shift once again. Whatever the future holds, we are committed to keeping our customers connected at home or on-the-go.”

    • Chiara Fiorillo

      BUSY BEACH

      Thousands of people flocked to Barry Island beach in South Wales on Tuesday.

      The beach looked busy, with families, children and groups of friends.

      Despite a warm start to the week, temperatures are now turning colder.

      Barry Island beach in south Wales looked busy on TuesdayCredit: WNS
    • Chiara Fiorillo

      POLLEN USUALLY PEAKS WITH WARM TEMPERATURES

      The Met Office said the warm weather is triggering birch pollen to spread in these regions, as well as some ash pollen.

      Both types of pollen, from trees, generally peak in April or May.

      But they can also spike as early as March if temperatures are as high as they are Tuesday, at 24C.

    • Chiara Fiorillo

      HAY FEVER RISK

      This week a pollen explosion could cause misery for the millions of people with hay fever.

      “Very high” pollen counts are set for the South East, South West, Midlands and East of England, as well as Wales.

      Moving towards the end of the week, when temperatures will drop again, the southern regions will continue to have “medium” pollen counts.

    • Chiara Fiorillo

      SPORT TIME

      People were seen paddle boarding at Southend, Essex, yesterday.

      Temperatures were warm at the beginning of this week, but are turning colder from today.

      People paddle board at Southend, Essex
    • Chiara Fiorillo

      OUTLOOK FOR SATURDAY TO MONDAY

      The Met Office's outlook for Saturday to Monday says: "Mostly dry with sunny spells and some overnight frost on Saturday.

      "Becoming much colder and windy with rain followed by showers on Sunday, with showers turning increasingly wintry by Monday."

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