Weather forecast UK – Sharp cold snap to hit Britain with weekend frost before temperatures rise and heavy downpours hit


A SHARP cold snap will hit Britain this weekend with weekend frost and even snow possible in some parts.

The current milder weather will give way to frosty conditions lasting through today and into Saturday.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Frank Saunders said: “Bands of showery rain will continue to cross the UK before cold air from the north pushes across the country on Friday.

“A cold front will bring a band of rain and blustery conditions for many and there will be a marked drop in temperatures, with some places seeing a fall of 5 or 6C between today and Friday.

“There will be some wintry showers in places with some lying snow possible at times over hills further north.”

Saturday will start cold with frost expected before milder temperatures and heavy rain sets in, especially in the west.

It comes as Brits prepare to bask in 20C heat as the lockdown rules are eased to allow groups of six to meet outdoors.

Temperatures are expected to hit a high of 20C just in time for the Easter bank holiday weekend.

Read our live blog below for the latest weather news and updates…

  • WET APRIL ODDS

    Bookmaker Coral has cut the odds on next month being the wettest April on record in the UK to just 2-1 as forecasts hint at heavy rain seeing in the fourth month of the year.

    “April showers are well and truly on the menu this year, with the start of the month set to be a wet one. We’ve slashed the odds on it going on to be our wettest April on record,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.

    Coral are going 11-8 that the UK’s hottest ever temperature is broken at any point during 2021, with hopes high for a sweltering summer.

  • FLOOD DEFENCE

    With rain forecast, relief is on the way for nearly 300 homes and businesses in Worcestershire who will be protected by new Environment Agency flood defences costing £4 million.

    It’s helped to install new defences in Broadway, Childswickham and Murcot which hold up to 135,000 cubic metres of water during flooding.

    They will only allow a set amount of water to flow downstream at times of intense and high rainfall.

    Millions of pounds damage has been wreaked when the River Severn and the River Wye are flooded by torrential rain.

  • HOT ODDS

    Next week could be the hottest March day on record, according to Ladbrokes.

    With temperatures on the rise, the bookies have cut odds from 8/1 to just 4/1 on 1968’s record March temperature of 25.6C being surpassed anywhere in the UK in the next few days.

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Easter Sunday is shaping up to be a record-breaking hot one, but with a mini-heatwave ready to bake Britain, there’s a chance this month plays host to the hottest March day ever.”

  • HEAVY RAIN

    Many western hills will see some heavy rain through Sunday and Monday whereas parts of the east and southeast could stay relatively dry.

    This pattern looks likely to continue into the middle of next week when, once again, we expect to see a change in the weather.

    Although there are still some uncertainties in the outlook there are signs a high pressure system could develop by the end of next week allowing cold air from the north to return across the UK bringing another dip in temperatures for Easter weekend and a risk of wintry showers in places at times.

  • SUPER WORM MOON

    Weather watchers will be ‘mooning’ this weekend to enjoy a marvel of nature – if there’s no rain.

    A Super Worm Moon will be visible – if the skies are clear of course – and the best time is on Sunday evening.

    Neil Norman, an astronomer from Hadleigh, Suffolk, said “The name Worm Moon is taken from the North American Indian naming of the moons.

    “This one refers to the first full moon of spring and the thawing of the ground, and hence the worms beginning to surface again.”

  • FORECAST FOR TONIGHT AND TOMORROW

    Tonight: Rain will clear south-east England during the evening. Elsewhere there will be clear spells and scattered showers which will be largely across northern and western areas and some will be wintry.

    Overnight will be mostly dry and clear. Showers will ease however a few will linger across western areas.

    Tomorrow: A largely dry and bright start to the day on Saturday with early spells of sunshine.

    It will continue to be mostly dry and sunny during the morning however a few showers may develop in the west. Thick cloud cover will build in from the west during the day bringing drizzle and rain to western areas later.

  • TORNADO SEASON

    In the United States today, a series of tornadoes hatched by early spring super cell storms tore across Alabama and moved into Georgia.

    The storms left at least five people dead amid ruins of wrecked homes, splintered trees and crumpled businesses.

    Authorities said one fierce tornado traveled roughly 100 miles (160 kilometers) across Alabama on Thursday, leaving a long path of damage.

    With power knocked out to tens of thousands and people now tasked with clearing away the debris and rebuilding, the violent weather that swept parts of Alabama and the region marked the most dreaded part of springtime in the Deep South: tornado season.

  • -12.5C DURING COLDEST EASTER ON RECORD

    Forecasters can’t seem to reach an agreement on whether Easter will be mild or very cold – although almost all agree there’s little certainty.

    But hopefully it won’t be quite as chilly as the coldest Easter weekend on record, which happened in 2013 when -12.5C was recorded at Braemar in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

    The deepest snow recorded on an Easter weekend was in 2010 when 36cm was measured at Strathdearn, Invernessshire, also in Scotland.

    And the wettest was in 1991 when 108.7mm of rainfall was recorded at Seatoller, in Cumbria.

  • WHERE DID SPRING GO?

    More on that last blog post now.

    Met Office Chief Meteorologist Frank Saunders said: “Cold air from the north pushes across the country on Friday.

    “A cold front will bring a band of rain and blustery conditions for many and there will be a marked drop in temperatures, with some places seeing a fall of 5 or 6C between Thursday and Friday.

    “There will be some wintry showers in places with some lying snow possible at times over hills further north.”

  • ‘SHORT, SHARP COLD SNAP’

    The weather will get a lot better next week – but today, it’s going to be really chilly, forecasters say.

    The Met Office has warned of a “short, sharp cold snap” which will begin today and last until tomorrow.

    And that could even bring snow for people living in the north and Scotland.

    More on this next.

  • SPRING HAS SPRUNG

    Britain is to bask in warm sunshine during the Easter week as lockdown rules are relaxed to allow outdoor meetings again, forecasters have announced.

    Next week temperatures are set to be above average with warm and dry conditions forecast as the country starts to release itself from months of lockdown.

    From Monday, 29 March, Brits can meet outdoors in groups of six or two households – including in private gardens.

    Outdoor parent groups will also be allowed to meet, with a limit of up to 15 parents.

    Outdoor sports facilities including golf courses, tennis and basketball courts and swimming pools can all open. The stay at home order will also be withdrawn.

  • WARMTH TO CONTINUE INTO APRIL

    The warmth could continue well into April – in time for the reopening of hairdressers, non-essential retail and boozers.

    Temperatures are expected to top the 13C average for this time of year and soar towards 19C the day after lockdown eases.

    The exception will be Friday, when the Met Office’s chief meteorologist Frank Saunders warns: “There will be some wintry showers in places with some lying snow possible at times over hills further north.”

    Met Office forecaster Deakin said models show a “strong signal” for higher pressure after that – which is associated with warmer temperatures.

    The warmth could continue well into April – in time for the reopening of hairdressers, non-essential retail and boozers.

  • SUDDEN RETURN TO WINTER

    A sudden return to winter will bring the risk of snow and ice over the next few days – just as we prepare to welcome British Summer Time.

    The clocks ‘spring’ forward an hour on Sunday morning but the weather will be far from summery, thanks to a cold front crossing the country tomorrow and Saturday.

    This opens the door to a mass of cold air, sweeping in all the way from Greenland.

  • PICTURED

    Brits enjoyed the warm weather earlier today in Weymouth, Dorset.

    Credit: Alamy
    Credit: Alamy
  • WEEKEND WEATHER. – SATURDAY THROUGH SUNDAY

    A largely dry start with early spells of sunshine however a few isolated showers may develop.

    Thick cloud will build in from the west bringing drizzle and rain to western areas later.

    Mostly cloudy on Sunday with outbreaks of rain.

    There will be brighter spells and showers across northern Britain.

  • FRIDAY’S FORECAST – FROM MORNING TO NIGHT

  • POLLEN FORECAST REMAINS LOW FOR START OF SPRING

    The pollen forecast for the rest of the week remains low across the UK.

    For the map, see below.

  • DRIER WEATHER IN APRIL – BBC

    While there is an “unsettled end to March, there is drier weather in April,” according to BBC Weather’s long-range forecast.

    It adds that March is expected to “end more unsettled as increasing amounts of weather fronts bring more rain and winds.

    “This will last for a time into early April, perhaps through the Easter holiday weekend, before the weather begins to settle down again.

    “High pressure in the Atlantic is expected to be a strong, dominating feature later in April, which should dry things out for the UK.

    “Temperatures remain hard to pin down at range, but changeability is in store for the next few weeks before things settle down a bit.”

  • TEN FLOOD ALERTS FOR ENGLAND

    The Environment Agency has 10 flood alerts still in place for England.

    They include:

    • Groundwater flooding in Chesham, Flamstead, Kimpton and Lilley Bottom
    • Groundwater flooding in Newmarket; the Great Shefford area, and in the Lambourn Valley catchment
    • Groundwater flooding is also feared in villages surrounding Andover
    • Flooding is ‘possible’ from River Nar in Norfolk; Nailbourne and Little Stour
    • And there’s been minor flooding to low lying land, roads and riverside from River Burn from Southgate and Waterden to Burnham Thorpe
  • PADDYPOWER THINKS THIS EASTER COULD BE HOTTEST ON RECORD

    Bookmakers PaddyPower thinks this Easter is likely to be the hottest on record.

    It is currently offering odds of 5/1 that it will beat the current record of 29.4C which was set in North London in 1949.

    Other odds it is currently offering over the Easter break are: Temperatures exceeding 25C – 5/2 and temperatures exceeding 20C – 1/1.

    There’s only a very small chance of seeing snow fall though with odds at currently at 50/1 for a sprinkling of the white stuff.

  • WATCH – 10 DAY FORECAST

    Met Office’s Alex Deakin runs through the forecast for the next ten days.

  • MINI HEATWAVE ON ITS WAY

    Brits could bask in 20C heat as the lockdown rules are eased to allow groups of six to meet outdoors.

    Temperatures are expected to hit a high of 20C just in time for the Easter bank holiday weekend.

    Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said: “Temperatures should start to pick up… the general trend is largely fine weather into the Bank Holiday weekend.”

  • A SHORT COLD SPELL COULD BRING SNOW WARNS MET OFFICE

    Mild weather to be replaced with a short, sharp, cold snap through Friday and Saturday, the Met Office has warned.

    Met Office Chief Meteorologist Frank Saunders said, “Bands of showery rain will continue to cross the UK today before cold air from the north pushes across the country on Friday.

    “A cold front will bring a band of rain and blustery conditions for many and there will be a marked drop in temperatures, with some places seeing a fall of 5 or 6 C between today and Friday.

    “There will be some wintry showers in places with some lying snow possible at times over hills further north.”

  • TOMORROW’S FORECAST – COOL AND BREEZY

    It will be a dull and damp start to the day with cloudy skies and outbreaks of rain which will clear eastwards during the day.

    Rain will clear to reveal scattered and blustery showers which will become widespread.

    Showers will be locally heavy and wintry over the hills.

  • UNSETTLED WEATHER THIS WEEKEND

    Brits are in for weekend of unsettled weather with a risk of wintry showers in places.

    Temperatures are to plunge below freezing across the country, to as low as -5C in parts of Scotland in the early hours of Saturday.

    Wet and windy weather can been expected on Sunday.

    By Monday though higher pressure is expected to sweep in, bringing warmer conditions for most parts of the UK.





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