SUB-zero temperatures are set to sweep parts of the UK today with the mercury plummeting to -7C.
Snow and ice warnings have been issued in Scotland as the UK braces for an extreme change in the weather today.
The Met Office said that no part of the country would be “immune” from snowfall on Easter Monday as temperatures across Britain continue to drop.
The colder weather coincides with the easing of coronavirus restrictions across the country and police have urged people to continue to respect the rules.
There will be a “massive step down” in temperatures tonight into tomorrow – as all areas across the UK approach freezing.
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.”
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SNOW THIS MORNING IN OLDHAM
FORECAST FOR THE NIGHT AHEAD – WIDESPREAD FROST
Widespread sharp frost and although dry inland, snow and hail showers will affect northern areas and increasingly some western parts of the UK in strong winds.
SNOW FALLS IN THE UK ON EASTER MONDAY AFTER A WEEKEND OF SUNSHINE
Parts of the UK woke up to a blanket of snow this morning as a cold snap hit the country after a weekend of sunshine.
Yellow weather warnings have been issued by forecasters in Scotland for snow and ice as Britain braced itself for the chilliest April in 31 years.
Forecasters have predicted a 1,000 milewide Arctic barrage bringing a -11C plunge.
A Met Office alert has gone out over the wintry blast, which could leave two inches of snow falling at low levels and as much as six inches on higher ground.
In North Yorkshire, Blakey Ridge painted a picturesque scene under a blanket of snow.
OUTLOOK FROM WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY
Sharp frost Wednesday, but sunny with wintry showers easing.
Cloud and rain in the north moving south Thursday and Friday.
Becoming cold to the north and windy with wintry showers.
FORECAST FOR TODAY
Patchy rain and snow clearing southwards, then many inland areas dry and sunny, but feeling much colder in the wind.
Frequent snow and hail showers in north with a spell of heavy snow and severe gales for Shetland this morning.
EASTER MONDAY SNOW & RAIN CHART
Mr Partridge explained that a change of wind direction would bring a change in the atmosphere, leading to chilly weather.
He said: “The air we had on Sunday came in from the south so it’s pretty mild having come off the continent.
“Overnight we’ll see a cold front moving southward across the country, it’s already across northern Scotland, and it’ll push its way southward overnight.
“That will introduce much, much colder air across the whole country.”
Sub-zero temperatures are expected in parts of northern England, while the mercury could drop to minus 7C in some areas of Scotland.
Snow warnings are in place for northern Scotland, with as much as 15cm falling in higher areas.
UK FACES ‘BITTERLY COLD’ DAY AS TEMPERATURES PLUMMET
Monday’s temperatures are expected to be up to 11C lower than during the sunshine of the Easter weekend as cold northern winds move over the country.
Parts of the UK are expected to see the mercury fall to as low as minus 7C (19.4F) overnight as forecasters warn the country faces a “bitterly cold” day, with people waking up to snow in parts of Scotland and northern England.
It comes after the Met Office said highs of 17.9C (64.2F) were recorded in Pershore, Worcestershire, on Easter Sunday.
The town is expected to see temperatures of 7C (44.6F) on Monday, an 11C fall.
Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said: “There’ll be a drop of 11 degrees between one day and the next, so you will definitely notice it!”
WEATHER WARNINGS IN PLACE TODAY
One yellow snow warning and two yellow wind and snow warnings are in place across Scotland today.
The warnings will be in place until midnight tonight with one snow warning continuing until 10am tomorrow morning.
Some roads and railways likely to be affected with longer journey times expected for motorists.
WINTER IS BACK FOR PARTS OF NORTHERN SCOTLAND
DAILY EXTREMES – EASTER SUNDAY SAW HUGE DROP IN TEMPERATURE IN PARTS OF UK
On Easter Sunday the highest temperature was recorded in Pershore which saw highs of 17.9C while the lowest temperature was recorded in Benson at -5.2C.
The two towns are 63 miles apart.
Shobdon saw 12.2 hours of sunshine yesterday while Cassley in northern Scotland got the most rainfall with 14mm recorded in just one day.
FORECAST FOR TONIGHT
Showers will tend to fade away into the night inland, leading to a dry night with largely clear skies.
Wintry showers will become mainly confined to coasts such as the North Sea, northern Scotland, Northern Ireland, as well as Wales and part of south-west England.
Moderate north-westerly winds.
It will be notably colder than recently for all regions of the UK, with a mixture of sunny spells but also some snow or sleet showers on a brisk wind. Dry and sunny for Wales, the Midlands and south-west England.
Some snow accumulations across Scotland are possible. Moderate north-westerly winds.
THIS REALLY IS SNOW JOKE!
By Easter Monday morning, there could be as much as 15cm of snow in higher areas.
The Met Office’s yellow warnings are in place from 6pm on Sunday until 10am Tuesday.
Craig Snell, forecaster for the Met Office, said: “After a taste of summer for a lot of the UK, we will see things turn much colder as we go through the second half of the Easter weekend.
“A lot of the UK will be prone to seeing some wintry showers as we go through the course of Monday but northern Scotland is where we’ll see the heaviest and most frequent snow.
“That’s where there’s most concern that we might see some disruption.”
AFFECTED SCOTTISH REGIONS: SNOW AND WIND WARNING
- Central, Tayside & Fife (snow)
- Grampian (snow)
- Highlands & Eilean Siar (snow and wind)
- Orkney & Shetland (snow and wind)
- Strathclyde (snow)
Met Office forecaster Sarah Kent said: “We will see this plunge of much colder conditions coming in.
“It’s Arctic maritime air, which does mean it’s coming from the Arctic.
“So it’s going to be cold for everybody, but also windy too.
“The wind chill is going to be significant.”
PACK AWAY THE BARBECUE AND PULL ON THE LONGJOHNS
Temperatures are expected to plummet to -7C (19.4F) in some parts of the UK overnight as Arctic winds bring an end to the good weather.
The drastic change comes after the Met Office said highs of 17.9C (64.2F) were recorded in Pershore, Worcestershire, on Easter Sunday.
However, parts of southern England will drop to just 2C (35.6F) on Monday morning.
SUNNY (BUT CHILLY) SOUTH
Southern England can expect to see some sunshine and highs of 7C later in the day, but gusts of up to 30mph will make the temperature “feel like” -1C, Ms Kent said.
Parts of the UK saw the mercury reach nearly 24C (75.2F) on Wednesday, a balmy high unlikely to be repeated on Easter Sunday.
Meteorologist Ms Kent said: “Today is a lovely day for an Easter egg hunt in the back garden, whereas tomorrow if you were doing one you’d probably want to wear three jumpers.”
They are in place for northern Scotland, with as much as 15cm falling in higher areas.
The Met Office’s yellow warnings are in place from 4pm on Sunday until 10am on Tuesday for Scotland, with winds of up to 70mph forecast.
Coastal areas of eastern England, parts of Wales and Northern Ireland could also see snow showers on Easter Monday.
UK TO BE COLDER THAN MOSCOW TOMORROW
Ferocious wind chill will see 2-7C early afternoon temperatures tomorrow feel like -2C in the South and -5C in Scotland – while Moscow is due 8C.
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