The return of WINTER! Arctic winds bring SNOW and -1C up north

The return of WINTER! Arctic winds bring SNOW and -1C up north with mercury barely above freezing down south… 24 hours after thousands packed parks and beaches to enjoy lockdown-easing freedoms

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Arctic winds are set to batter Britain today bringing snow and temperatures of -1C in the north – with the mercury not much higher in the south.  

The freezing weather comes just 24 hours after Britons packed beaches and parks all over the country to bask in warm temperatures and enjoy the easing of lockdown. 

However, Monday’s temperatures are expected to be far lower as cold northern winds move over the country.   

The Met Office has issued three snow and wind warnings – in what is predicted to be a three-day cold snap bringing ‘heavy snow showers’. England’s east coast could also see snow showers following yesterday’s sunshine.

Met Office forecaster Sarah Kent said: ‘We will see this plunge of much colder conditions coming in. It’s Arctic maritime air, which does mean it’s coming from the Arctic.

‘So it’s going to be cold for everybody, but also windy too. The wind chill is going to be significant.’

It comes after the Met Office said highs of 17.9C (64.2F) were recorded in Pershore, Worcestershire, on Easter Sunday. The town is expected to see temperatures of 7C (44.6F) on Monday, an 11C fall.

Traffic on the A832 near Muir of Ord this morning as snow sweeps in across the Highlands on what is expected to be a bitterly cold day

A motorist clears snow from a vehicle in Sunniside, Gateshead on Easter Monday following overnight snow

A motorist clears snow from a vehicle in Sunniside, Gateshead on Easter Monday following overnight snow

People enjoy the warm weather on Southsea beach in Hampshire on Easter Sunday following a warm bank holiday weekend

People enjoy the warm weather on Southsea beach in Hampshire on Easter Sunday following a warm bank holiday weekend

Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said: ‘There’ll be a drop of 11 degrees between one day and the next, so you will definitely notice it!’

Mr Partridge explained that a change of wind direction would bring a change in the atmosphere, leading to chilly weather.

He said: ‘The air we had on Sunday came in from the south so it’s pretty mild having come off the continent.

‘Overnight we’ll see a cold front moving southward across the country, it’s already across northern Scotland, and it’ll push its way southward overnight.

‘That will introduce much, much colder air across the whole country.’

Sub-zero temperatures are expected in parts of northern England, while the mercury could drop to -7C in some areas of Scotland.

Snow warnings are in place for northern Scotland, with as much as 15cm falling in higher areas.

Met Office yellow warnings are in place until 10am on Tuesday for Scotland, with winds of up to 70mph forecast.

The east and west coasts of the country are likely to see a ‘wintry mix’ of showers, which may include some hail.

Areas away from the coast are expected to be dry and bright, but with strong winds and below average temperatures, largely in the mid-single figures.

The wind will play a key factor in today’s weather, as while southern England may see highs of up to 7C, gusts up to 30mph may make the temperature feel closer to freezing.

Average temperatures for this time of year are around 10 to 12C but parts of the UK saw the mercury reach nearly 24C (75.2F) on Wednesday.

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