Monday, 2 Oct 2023

UK long-range weather forecast: Shock map shows freezing weather – Will Easter see snow?

Last week temperatures had felt rather warm, with sunny and clear skies for much of the UK. However, an area of high pressure swept across the country this weekend and brought cold air from the north and some snow, hail and sleet.

Some parts of the UK saw snow fall on Sunday, while others recorded hail and sleet.

Snow, sleet and rain hit the entire east coast of England, and temperatures sunk to single figures.

Snow flurries were seen reaching as far north as Newcastle and as far south as Kent on Sunday.

Parts of London, the North and Scotland also saw brief spurts of hail on Sunday, while temperatures stayed cold.

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Met Office Chief Meteorologist Dan Suri said: “It will stay drier and brighter elsewhere, even so, it will be a marked change from the 18 or 19 Celsius we have been seeing in a few spots this week.

“This cold, bright weather is due mainly to a high-pressure system that is developing to the west of the UK, which will bring cold air down from the north.”

On Monday morning, the south and west saw patchy frost, while showers are on the way for some parts.

The Met Office tweeted: “Another cold start on Monday morning with patchy #frost in the south and west.

“Eastern areas will see some #showers with rain whilst the west will see the best of the #sunshine with rays.”

Will Easter see snow?

This year, Easter falls on Sunday, April 12, and according to the Met Office long-range forecast, some sleet, snow and cold temperatures could be felt.

Snow probability maps from WXCharts shows some light showers falling on Scotland and the North East of England on Good Friday – April 10 – into Easter Saturday – April 11.

Maps also show snow falling across Scotland on Easter Sunday, across the hilltops.

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Charts also show how much of the UK will feel cold, with temperatures plunging to below 0C. 

The Met Office long-range forecast for Friday, April 3 to Sunday, April 12 reads: “Through the beginning of the period unsettled conditions across the north are likely to spread southwards.

“The northwest will see the worst of the weather with spells of heavy rain and strong winds interspersed with sunshine and showers whilst the southeast should stay drier and brighter.

“Towards the middle of April, the weather may turn more changeable with a few days of rain and strong winds alternating with periods of sunshine and showers for much of the UK.

“Any showers may turn to a mix of sleet and snow over northern hills.

“Temperatures are likely to be around normal for the time of year.

“During any more settled periods, mild days are likely to give way to cold nights.”

Over the weekend temperatures hit -3.1C in Bala, Wales.

According to bookmakers Ladbrokes, next month could go down as the coldest April on record.

With temperatures dropping around the UK, the bookies now make it just a 7/4 shot (from 3/1) April is the coldest ever.

And it looks as though there could even be snow on Easter Sunday, with 2/1 being the price on offer for any part of the UK to wake up to the snow on 12 April.

Ladbrokes spokesman Alex Apati said: “Last week’s high temperatures will soon be a distant memory with record-breaking cold weather seemingly on the way.”

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