Snow forecast across Britain as Arctic blast causes temperatures to plummet


Despite the spring season, the Met Office has warned that the UK will continue to experience cold conditions as cold Arctic air sweeps across the country.

After a cold start to the week, temperatures are expected to drop further, reaching below-freezing across the UK as cold arctic air moves south.

The Met Office has forecast a “cold and snowy” Tuesday morning, and wintry rain will continue in the far north-east, with heavy and thundery showers forecast to move east across the south overnight.

Despite cold and snowy conditions in some areas, some sunshine can be seen, making the rather chilly weather pleasant. However, as the day progresses, forecasters said clouds will move from southwest to southerly parts later in the day.

Despite the spring weather, the weather in the UK is cold in the first few weeks of April. However, further reductions are expected for parts of Scotland due to already cold Arctic air, which will spread south to the rest of the UK early on Tuesday as a low-pressure system moves eastwards.

“This week will see above-average temperatures for the time of year for many,” explained Met Office Chief Meteorologist Jason Kelly.
“Fluster winds will become confined to the far northeast overnight, with winds becoming lighter elsewhere.”

“This will allow for widespread snow overnight, although it should feel pleasant enough with sunshine during the day. It will be confined to Orkney and Shetland by tomorrow afternoon, and wintry showers will continue across the northeast.”

On Wednesday, relatively cold weather should be expected, with light rain or drizzle in southwestern parts of the country and wintry precipitation in far northeastern parts.

From Thursday, the low pressure started moving back from the southwest direction, causing occasional outbreaks of heavy rain. Although it will start to get milder in the south, it will be more relaxed in the extreme northeast with a few wintry showers.

Regarding the Bank Holiday weekend, Deputy Chief Meteorologist Nick Silkstone said: “It will take until the end of the week for milder winds to push northwards as far as northern Scotland.”

Temperatures will once again trend upwards as milder winds move in, and they will mostly be slightly above average over the Bank Holiday weekend, although still likely to remain close to average in the extreme northeast.

In the next week, Brits can expect primarily dry, mild weather punctuated by a few afternoon showers. However, there is still too much uncertainty in the forecast to provide a detailed weather report for Coronation weekend.

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