Weather forecast UK – Thundersnow to hit Easter weekend as 'Arctic trough' sees gale force winds and temperatures plunge

THUNDERSNOW is set to ravage Britain over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend as an "Arctic trough" causes gale force winds and temperatures to plunge.

The mercury is set to plummet by 10C amid SNOW on Easter Monday.

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.

Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said: “It’s a marked change and, by the end of Friday, we’re really in an Arctic trough.

“There are some blustery winds around, particularly along the east coast, as we go through the weekend.”

The Weather Outlook’s Brian Gaze said temperatures across the UK could dip below freezing on Saturday.

The coldest Easter weekend on record was in 2013 when minus 12.5C was recorded at Braemar in Aberdeenshire, on Easter Sunday.

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

  • Dan Keane

    SUNNY SKIES EXPECTED IN THE SOUTH TODAY

    Sunny skies are still expected across large parts of the country today, on Good Friday, with highs of 14C in the south east and London.

    On Saturday, temperatures in the south east and London are expected to be about 12C.

    Further north, Manchester and Leeds could see highs of 13C and 10C respectively.

  • Dan Keane

    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

    SNOW 2/1 TO FALL THIS WEEKEND

    Snow is 2/1 to fall this weekend, according to the latest odds from betting firm Ladbrokes.

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "Temperatures are set to take another turn and the odds suggest we could even see snow this Easter weekend."

    It comes despite the UK having it's hottest ever day in March earlier this week.

  • Dan Keane

    'MARKED CHANGE' IN WEATHER CONDITIONS

    The Met Office has warned of a "marked change" in weather conditions today.

    Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said: “It’s a marked change and, by the end of Friday, we’re really in an Arctic trough.

    "There are some blustery winds around, particularly along the east coast, as we go through the weekend."

  • Dan Keane

    TONIGHT'S FORECAST

    It will be dry and fine evening with late spells of sunshine, according to Meteogroup.

    Overnight it will continue dry and under lengthy clear skies patches of mist will tend to form, the forecaster said.

    Mist will be most frequent across northern and western areas with fog possible over the hills.

  • Dan Keane

    SUNSHINE ON GOOD FRIDAY

    Two early morning swimmers here are pictured enjoying the sunrise on Portobello beach in Edinburgh.

    Temperatures dipped just below minus one in the Scottish capital early this morning.

    But they are expected to rise to 10C later on.

    The rest of Scotland will see a largely cloudy day with outbreaks of sunshine.

    Credit: Alamy
  • Joseph Gamp

    ‘THUNDERSNOW’ AND GALES TO ROCK EASTER WEEKEND AS SUNNY WEATHER MAKES WAY FOR ARCTIC TROUGH

    RARE thundersnow and gales are predicted as part of an Arctic trough set to blanket Britain over Easter.

    The recent sunny weather will be replaced by much colder temperatures.

    They hit a near-record 23.9C (75F) last Tuesday in Weybourne, Norfolk.

    But the East of England is set to be at least ten degrees cooler by Easter Monday.

    The cold front will move in from the North, with the chance of rain on Sunday.

  • Joseph Gamp

    MET OFFICE FORECAST FOR EASTER WEEKEND WITH ALEX DEAKEN

  • Joseph Gamp

    COLD SNAP COULD BRING DEVASTATION TO FARMERS

    Phil Stocker, chief executive of the National Sheep Association, said the dramatic change in weather conditions could bring devastation to farmers.

    He 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

    EMMERDALE VILLAGE SHOWERED IN ICE AND SNOW DURING MARCH HEATWAVE

    Emmerdale village showered in ice and snow during March heatwave

  • Joseph Gamp

    SNOW FORECAST FOR EASTER MONDAY

    Rain is likely on Easter Sunday and there could even be snow in the north and west of the UK, the Met Office warned.

    “Temperatures across much of England and Wales climbed to over 20C this week however conditions will change dramatically later this week and over the Easter weekend with colder spreading from the north,” forecasters said.

  • Joseph Gamp

    GOOD FRIDAY ON COURSE TO BE CHILLY ACROSS UK

    Good Friday is on course to be even chillier still at just 12C as a cool front moves in from the north.

    Rain is likely on Easter Sunday and there could even be snow in the north and west of the UK, the Met Office warned today.

    "Temperatures across much of England and Wales climbed to over 20C this week however conditions will change dramatically later this week and over the Easter weekend with colder spreading from the north," forecasters said.

    It comes after Tuesday saw the UK record its second warmest March day on record and the hottest temperature for the month in 53 years, the Met Office said.

    The mercury peaked at 24.5C at Kew Gardens in west London on March 30, with St James's Park in the centre of the capital also hitting highs of 24.3C.

  • Joseph Gamp

    FEARS BRITS COULD FACE FOURTH LOCKDOWN IF MASS CROWDS PARTY IN PARK OVER EASTER WEEKEND IN STARK WARNING

    BRITS could face another Covid lockdown if mass crowds party in parks and gardens over the Easter weekend.

    Experts have warned the virus is still dangerous, as cops plead with parents to keep their kids at home after three nights of breaking up raves.

    The desperate request comes amid fears the sudden mingling since rules were eased could lead to a spike in cases and another lockdown.

    Flouting the rules and dodging social distancing could plunge the country back into tougher restrictions later down the line or delay the roadmap out of lockdown.

    Parks have been shut, booze seized and drunk youngsters escorted home by cops for the past few nights as hot weather saw Brits hit green spaces.

  • Joseph Gamp

    PREPARE FOR FREEZING OVERNIGHT TEMPERATURES

    After a spell of warm weather for many, cooler conditions will spread across the UK by Friday before likely becoming unsettled and much colder with the chance of wintry conditions from Sunday.

    Met Office 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.” 

  • Joseph Gamp

    TEMPERATURES TURNING COLDER OVER THE WEEKEND

    On Saturday, temperatures in the south east and London are expected to be about 12C and, further north, Manchester and Leeds could see highs of 13C and 10C respectively.

    But, by Monday, London may drop to 8C, Manchester 7C and Leeds a chilly 5C.

  • Joseph Gamp

    STRONG WINDS TO HIT UK THIS WEEKEND

    Nicola Maxey, spokeswoman for 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 – we’re in an Arctic trough.”

  • 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

    FORECAST FOR TONIGHT

    The Met Office’s forecast for tonight says: “Dry for most with long clear spells. Turning chilly, with a frost for parts of the north and west.

    “Cloudier across eastern England and also northern Scotland, where are few spots of rain are possible.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    COLD SNAP COULD BRING DEVASTATION TO FARMERS

    Phil Stocker, chief executive of the National Sheep Association, said the dramatic change in weather conditions could bring devastation to farmers.

    He 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

    WATCH: 10 DAY TREND – SNOW AND ICE RETURN AFTER 25C WEEK

    10 Day Trend – Snow and ice return after 25C week

  • Joseph Gamp

    FREEZING OVERNIGHT TEMPERATURES

    After a spell of warm weather for many, cooler conditions will spread across the UK by Friday before likely becoming unsettled and much colder with the chance of wintry conditions from Sunday.

    Met Office 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.” 

  • Joseph Gamp

    MET OFFICE: LARGELY DRY ACROSS THE UK THIS EVENING

    The Met Office says it will remain dry tonight – but there will be a chilly turn in the North "when the sun goes down".

    It tweeted: "It will remain largely dry this evening across the UK, with the best of the late sunshine away from central areas.

    "It will however quickly turn chilly in the north once the sun goes down."

  • Joseph Gamp

    BIG TEMPERATURE SWING

    The Met Office said the warmer temperatures were more unusual than the cold temperatures for the end of March.

    “But it’s the colder temperatures that people will remember and note,” said Ms Maxey.

    “It’s not unusual to see these big swings in Spring – it’s a transition period between winter and summer.

    “The cold will be with us for much of next week, and with any showers you could see the possibility of snow falling over high ground in northern areas – the Pennines, Cumbria, Scotland.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    FEARS BRITS COULD FACE FOURTH LOCKDOWN IF MASS CROWDS PARTY IN PARK OVER EASTER WEEKEND IN STARK WARNING

    BRITS could face another Covid lockdown if mass crowds party in parks and gardens over the Easter weekend.

    Experts have warned the virus is still dangerous, as cops plead with parents to keep their kids at home after three nights of breaking up raves.

    The desperate request comes amid fears the sudden mingling since rules were eased could lead to a spike in cases and another lockdown.

    Flouting the rules and dodging social distancing could plunge the country back into tougher restrictions later down the line or delay the roadmap out of lockdown.

    Parks have been shut, booze seized and drunk youngsters escorted home by cops for the past few nights as hot weather saw Brits hit green spaces.

     

  • Joseph Gamp

    ODDS SLASHED ON EASTER SUNDAY SNOW

    The UK could see snowfall on Easter Sunday, according to the latest odds from Ladbrokes.

    Having been a 6/4 shot earlier this week, the bookies now make it just 5/4 that snow falls anywhere in the UK on Sunday with temperatures set to take another dip.

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "The odds are tumbling with the temperatures and while it once looked like this Easter might be a scorcher, it could well be quite the opposite on the weather front with snow on the way over the coming days."

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