Easter weather forecast – Met Office issues yellow weather warning as -5C Arctic plunge to bring snow, sleet and hail

Easter weather forecast – Met Office issues yellow weather warning as -5C Arctic plunge to bring snow, sleet and hail

04/02/2021

HEAVY snow warnings have been issued for parts of northern Scotland as the UK braces for chilly -5C temperatures over Easter weekend.

The Met Office said that no part of the country would be “immune” from snowfall on Easter Monday as temperatures across Britain continue to drop.

An "Arctic trough" will then see the Mercury plunge to -3C.

The colder weather coincides with the easing of coronavirus restrictions across the country and police have urged people to continue to respect the rules.

There will be a "massive step down" in temperatures on Sunday night into Monday – as all areas across the UK approach freezing.

The 'Thundersnow' phenomenon combines stormy weather with wintry showers and happens when air closer to the ground is warmer than above but it is still cold enough to snow.

Grahame Madge, a spokesperson for the Met Office told the Sun Online: "The real cold is coming in late on Sunday and into Monday, and by Monday most places in UK will be subject to this Arctic plunge.

"It will be bringing wintery showers to northern England and Scotland, but we could also see wintery showers anywhere sporadically, and what we will see is likely to be hail, sleet, or snow."

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

  • Joseph Gamp

    MET OFFICE PREDICTS DRY START FOR SATURDAY

    Brits can expect dry start to the day tomorrow with early spells of sunshine, according to Meteogroup.

    It will then be dry with lengthy sunny spells, the best of these will be across much of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    Cloud will build in across large parts of England and Wales.

  • Joseph Gamp

    DREAMING OF A WHITE… EASTER

    The Met Office has warned that some parts of the UK might experience a white Easter this year.

    Nicola Maxey, from the Met Office, said: “There are some blustery winds around, particularly along the east coast, as we go through the weekend.

    “It’s a marked change from what we saw on Wednesday and by the end of Friday we’re really all in this cold air.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    COPS ISSUE WARNING AMID MILD WEATHER FORECAST

    Police have warned Brits not to gather in large groups during today’s milder weather.

    The Met Police’s deputy assistant commissioner Jane Connors, who is leading the Met’s strategic response to Covid-19, said: “After a long and difficult few months, let’s not undo all of that hard work now.

    “With nice weather on the way, we can expect to see parks and beauty spots busier than usual.

    “Please stay safe and continue to follow the rules. Don’t crowd in open spaces and do follow the rule of six, or, only meet up with one other household.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    CONTINUED…

    Craig Snell, forecaster for the Met Office, said: "After a taste of summer for a lot of the UK we will see things turn much colder as we go through the second half of the Easter weekend.

    "A lot of the UK will be prone to seeing some wintry showers as we go through the course of Monday but northern Scotland is where we'll see the heaviest and most frequent snow.

    "That's where there's most concern that we might see some disruption."

  • Joseph Gamp

    HEAVY SNOW FORECAST IN SCOTLAND BUT NO PART OF UK WILL BE 'IMMUNE' BY MONDAY

    Heavy snow warnings have been issued for parts of northern Scotland as the UK braces itself for a chilly Easter weekend.

    The Met Office said that no part of the country would be "immune" from snowfall on Easter Monday as the temperatures continue to drop.

    The colder weather coincides with the easing of coronavirus restrictions across the country and police have urged people to continue to respect the rules.

    Parts of Scotland including Fife, Strathclyde and Highlands are due to see gale-force winds and snow showers that could cause travel disruption.

    There could be as much as 15cm of snow in higher areas and temperatures may drop as low as minus 5C (23F) on Easter Monday morning.

  • Joseph Gamp

    UP TO 6INS ‘SEVERE’ SNOW AT EASTER

    BRITS will be battered with wintry showers in an Arctic PLUNGE on Easter Monday with up to SIX inches of snow set to fall.

    Snow, sleet, and hail are expected during the 'severe' -5C freeze on Monday – after a week where Britain saw one of the hottest March temperatures on record.

    Read more here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    LAMBS AT RISK OF HYPOTHERMIA AS TEMPERATURES PLUNGE

    Tiny newborn Easter lambs are at risk of dying of hypothermia as temperatures plunge, experts have warned.

    Phil Stocker, chief executive of the National Sheep Association, said “Sheep and livestock farmers, especially in the UK’s uplands, are acutely aware of the potential for a spring cold snap which can bring devastation and soul-destroying losses during lambing time.

    “The sector has endured several cold weather events during recent springs and these have wrought considerable hardship to both stock and hill farmers.

    “However, being aware of the approaching change in weather type will allow farmers to buffer the impacts by taking action to avoid the worst losses.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    MET OFFICE: NO REGIONS OF THE UK ‘IMMUNE’ FROM SNOW ON MONDAY

    Met Office forecaster Craig Snell has said that no region in the UK is “immune” from snow this Monday.

    He said: “Nowhere is going to be immune from potentially seeing some snow showers on Monday, even down towards the south west of England.

    “But as it comes further south, it will fall from the sky but it probably won’t settle because the ground will be warm enough that as soon as it lands it will just melt.

    “But anyone in the UK may see some flakes falling if they’re looking out of the window.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    NORTH OF ENGLAND TO BE ‘UNUSUALLY COLD’ ON SUNDAY

    Sky News Weather producer Joanna Robinson said that while Easter weekend would start mostly fine, it would turn “unusually cold” from the north on Sunday.

    She said: “Arctic air will then plunge southwards to affect all areas on Easter Monday, with a significant wind-chill making it feel very cold for early April.”

    It comes as a contrast to sweltering 20C temperatures in the North earlier this week.

  • Dan Keane

    DRY START FOR SATURDAY

    Brits can expect dry start to the day tomorrow with early spells of sunshine, according to Meteogroup.

    It will then be dry with lengthy sunny spells, the best of these will be across much of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    Cloud will build in across large parts of England and Wales.

  • Dan Keane

    CROWDS ENJOY THE SUN IN SWANSEA

    Brits flocked to the seafront at Mumbles, near Swansea, Wales this afternoon to catch the sunshine.

    Wales has enjoyed warm weather today – though temperatures are set to dip tomorrow.

    Credit: Robert Melen
  • Dan Keane

    DRY EVENING EXPECTED

    The Met Office has said Brits can expect a "dry evening" later on today.

    They wrote: "Cloud will persist in central and eastern areas of England.

    "Elsewhere, there will be clear skies allowing temperatures to quickly fall away after dark."

  • Dan Keane

    COPS ISSUE WARNING AMID MILD WEATHER FORECAST

    Police have warned Brits not to gather in large groups during today's milder weather.

    The Met Police's deputy assistant commissioner Jane Connors, who is leading the Met’s strategic response to Covid-19, said: “After a long and difficult few months, let’s not undo all of that hard work now.

    “With nice weather on the way, we can expect to see parks and beauty spots busier than usual.

    "Please stay safe and continue to follow the rules. Don’t crowd in open spaces and do follow the rule of six, or, only meet up with one other household.”

  • Dan Keane

    FUN IN THE SUN

    People walk along the seafront in Brighton, East Sussex in the sunny weather this afternoon.

    Credit: PA
  • Dan Keane

    ODDS SLASHED ON SNOW FALL ON EASTER MONDAY

    Leading bookmaker Coral has slashed the odds on snow fall for Easter Monday to 1-4 (from 6-4) following the latest forecasts.

    The firm makes it 5-2 for this Easter to be the coldest on record in the UK, while April is 3-1 to be a record cold month.

    "It's going to be feel like winter once again on the bank holiday weekend. Our betting suggests snow is very likely to fall on Monday," said Coral's John Hill.

  • Dan Keane

    WINTER RETURNS

    The Met Office has warned Brits that the weekend could feel like a return to the winter after sunny spells this week.

    In an afternoon update, the forecaster wrote: "With a maximum of 24°C forecast on Wednesday, a drop to single figures for many by the start of next week poses a challenge for sectors such as agriculture and horticulture.

    "This is particularly true from late Sunday and into early next week when the character of the weather is likely to change with the prospect of snow showers for many accompanied by very strong northerly winds."

  • Dan Keane

    LAMBS AT RISK OF HYPOTHERMIA AS TEMPERATURES PLUNGE

    Tiny newborn Easter lambs are at risk of dying of hypothermia as temperatures plunge, experts have warned.

    Phil Stocker, chief executive of the National Sheep Association, said "Sheep and livestock farmers, especially in the UK's uplands, are acutely aware of the potential for a spring cold snap which can bring devastation and soul-destroying losses during lambing time.

    "The sector has endured several cold weather events during recent springs and these have wrought considerable hardship to both stock and hill farmers.

    "However, being aware of the approaching change in weather type will allow farmers to buffer the impacts by taking action to avoid the worst losses."

  • Dan Keane

    MET OFFICE: NO REGIONS OF THE UK 'IMMUNE' FROM SNOW ON MONDAY

    Met Office forecaster Craig Snell has said that no region in the UK is "immune" from snow this Monday.

    He said: "Nowhere is going to be immune from potentially seeing some snow showers on Monday, even down towards the south west of England.

    "But as it comes further south, it will fall from the sky but it probably won't settle because the ground will be warm enough that as soon as it lands it will just melt.

    "But anyone in the UK may see some flakes falling if they're looking out of the window."

  • Hana Carter

    WRAPPING UP TO ENJOY THE BEACH IN BRRRRRRIGHTON

    Bobble hats and winter coats were on show as the cooler weather hit the South Coast on Good Friday morningCredit: David McHugh / Brighton Pictures
  • Hana Carter

    PLENTY OF SUNSHINE

  • Hana Carter

    DREAMING OF A WHITE… EASTER

    The Met Office has warned that some parts of the UK might experience a white Easter this year.

    Nicola Maxey, from the Met Office, said: “There are some blustery winds around, particularly along the east coast, as we go through the weekend.

    “It’s a marked change from what we saw on Wednesday and by the end of Friday we’re really all in this cold air.”

  • Dan Keane

    WEATHER TO TURN 'MUCH COLDER'

    In an afternoon update, Craig Snell, forecaster for the Met Office, said: "After a taste of summer for a lot of the UK we will see things turn much colder as we go through the second half of the Easter weekend.

    "A lot of the UK will be prone to seeing some wintry showers as we go through the course of Monday but northern Scotland is where we'll see the heaviest and most frequent snow.

    "That's where there's most concern that we might see some disruption."

  • Dan Keane

    HEAVY SNOW WARNINGS FOR SCOTLAND

    Heavy snow warnings have been issued for parts of northern Scotland as the UK braces itself for a chilly Easter weekend.

    Regions including Fife, Strathclyde and Highlands are due to see gale-force winds and snow showers that could cause travel disruption.

    There could be as much as 15cm of snow in higher areas and temperatures may drop as low as minus 5C on Easter Monday morning.

  • Dan Keane

    SURF'S UP

    Longboarders and surfers enjoyed the waves in Poole, Dorset this morning.

    It has been a breezy morning on the South Coast, with plenty of sunshine.

    Temperatures are set to hover around 10C in Dorset today, before dropping tomorrow and on Sunday.

    Credit: Alamy
  • Dan Keane

    'VERY COLD ARCTIC AIR' TO MOVE THROUGH NORTH WEST

    The North West will see "very cold arctic air" bring icy temperatures on Sunday, the Met Office has warned.

    Mark Sidaway, from the Met Office, 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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