UK weather: Chilly easter weekend with snow expected to follow warm spell

‘Friday should mark rather malign start to Easter, with colder conditions for large swathes of the country as part of an Arctic plunge,’ Met Office says

Samuel Osborne
Thursday 01 April 2021 10:49
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People enjoy the weather on Chalkwell beach, Southend, Essex
People enjoy the weather on Chalkwell beach, Southend, Essex

A chilly Easter weekend is expected and there could even be snow after the UK enjoyed a spell of warm weather this week.

Parts of the country saw temperatures reach almost 24C on Wednesday, with Weybourne in north Norfolk leading the way at a peak of 23.9C.

It fell just short of the nation’s hottest ever March temperature of 25.6C, which was recorded in 1968 at Mepal in Cambridgeshire.

However, the warm weather is not expected to last, with temperatures forecast to drop to the low teens in the east of England from Thursday.

Good Friday is expected to be fine and sunny for much of the UK before developing into rain on Easter Sunday, with the chance of sleet or snow in Scotland and the far north of England.

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Met Office spokesman Grahame 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".

Mr Madge said: "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."

Temperatures are expected to bottom-out on Easter Monday, with the mercury likely to hover around 0C in much of Scotland and north east England.

Additional reporting by PA

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