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BBC weather: Arctic air blast threatens sub-zero temperature plunge for UK bank holiday

BBC Weather: UK set for drop in temperature and rain

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BBC meteorologist Carol Kirkwood has warned a cold air front is set to grip the UK over the Easter weekend. The arctic winds are set to sweep away the warmer spells enjoyed by much of the country this week. Wintry conditions are set to increase over the course of the weekend with the latter half of the bank holiday set for the worst of the cold weather. It comes as the latest weather maps point to many household waking up to snow on Easter Monday as temperatures take a dramatic turn.

Ms Kirkwood said: “The forecast is a cold one and turning colder as well particularly the second half of the bank holiday weekend.

“But today it will still be warm particularly in the south-west, warm for some that is.”

The weather presenter highlighted blues areas on the BBC temperature gradient chart which showed a “blast of cold air comes our way.”

She added: “On bank holiday Monday, Easter Monday it is going to feel quite raw for some with a northerly wind.”

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Returning to Thursday, Ms Kirkwood said: “Temperatures are down on where they were.

“We are looking at a range eight to 19 degrees but particularly cool on the north sea coast where we have an onshore breeze.

She continued into Good Friday with a warning: “It is going to be cold with temperatures just above or just below freezing.

“And a sharp frost across parts of Scotland where temperatures could fall in rural areas to -3 or -4.”

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The meteorologist said: “On Monday not only will it be cold but there will be some wintery showers.”

It comes as Weather models also show a high likelihood of snowfall on Monday for large parts of the UK especially around London, the south-east and north-west.

The latest snow probability charts from WXCHARTS also show the whole of Britain covered by different shades of purple and pinks, suggesting there is a high per cent chance of snow hitting on Monday.

London and Essex are likely to average a freezing 0C, the charts suggest.

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Met Office’s Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Mark Sidaway, said: “After a settled, warm spell with plenty of sunshine particularly across England and Wales our weather will take a notable change in direction later in the weekend.

“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.” 

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