Brits flock to beaches and parks before cold blast

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 5, 2021

Temperatures have plummeted to -7C (19.4F) in some parts of the United Kingdom overnight as forecasters warn the country faces a "bitterly cold" day, bringing an end to the good weather across the Easter weekend.

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

However, parts of southern England will drop to just 2C (35.6F) on Monday morning.

Temperatures almost hit 24C (75F) on Wednesday, the hottest March day in 50 years, but in London figures could drop to 8C on Monday, 7C in Manchester, with Leeds set to fall as low as 5C.

Monday's temperatures are expected to be up to 11C lower than during the sunshine of the Easter weekend as cold northern winds move over the country.

The warm weather is set to end with the mercury plummeting due to a blast of weather from the Arctic.

Met Office forecaster Sarah Kent said: "Today is a lovely day for an Easter egg hunt in the back garden, whereas tomorrow if you were doing one you'd probably want to wear three jumpers".

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

"After a taste of summer for a lot of the United Kingdom, we will see things turn much colder as we go through the second half of the Easter weekend", the Met Office's Craig Snell said. But, it will turn much colder and windy on Easter Monday, as a cold front sweeps south and a strong northerly wind develops direct from the arctic, with wintry showers sweeping south.

"The wind chill is going to be significant".

While northern Scotland could see up to 15cm of snow fall on higher ground on Easter Monday, the Met Office has warned even southern England could see snowfall - although it is unlikely to settle.

People also enjoy the sunshine in Endcliffe Park, Sheffield, on Easter Sunday.

Snow could hit parts of Britain over the Easter bank holiday weekend, including in the south-west of England, forecasters have said.

The Met Office's yellow warnings are in place from 6pm on Sunday until midnight on Monday.

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