UK weather forecast – SNOW and rain to hit parts of Britain this weekend in Arctic blast says the Met Office


BRITAIN is set to be hit with snow and rain this weekend after an Arctic blast blows in – before a three-month heatwave sweeps in, the Met Office has said.

The UK is also set to expect gales reaching speeds of 40mph in Scotland and Northern Ireland, as well as slightly slower winds in England.


UK weather forecast – From the start of April Brits will see unsettled conditions with temperatures expected to fall to single figures on April 2[/caption]

Snow will sweep across from the Atlantic hitting Northern Scotland by Tuesday next week.

The snow will then head down the east coast of England before blowing across the channel, according to forecasting graphs.

While heavy showers and a dip in temperatures will create a stormy and unsettled start to April.

The Met Office said a high weather pressure system sitting over the country at the moment is bringing settled and warmer air.

Snow will hit the North of Scotland at the start of April
UK weather forecast today, Thursday and Friday

But as the system moves away on Saturday, Sunday will be “transition day” as Arctic air blows in.

This will bring spells of heavy rain and cooler temperatures.

Weather maps show thunderstorms will strike south eastern parts of the country, including London, with isolated storms in Cornwall and the northern tips of Scotland.

A forecaster told The Sun Online: “April showers are a thing.

“Next week will feel rather unsettled and colder.

“There will be a chance of overnight frost with heavy outbreaks of rain”.

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Temperatures will hover in the high single figures, but could remain around 11C in the southwest.

A Met Office forecast said: “Next week will be off to a chilly but mainly fine start on Monday, though it will gradually become more changeable through the week.

“There will be rain and strong winds at times, mainly in the northwest of the UK, where gales are likely.

“Some rain is possible in the south too, but there will be more in the way of dry weather.

“The unsettled weather is likely to continue into mid April.”


But things could get hotter in the second half of April with temperatures hitting 26C as plumes of warm air travel northwards from Africa.

The Weather Outlook’s Brian Gaze added: “With computer models strongly favouring a warm spring, there is potential for the record for the hottest spring to be challenged.

“Highs of 26C are likely in April. Plumes of warm air from Africa are expected.

“And there is an increased chance of a hot and settled summer due to the trend for more high pressure, which brings hot conditions in summer.”


The three-month outlook from the Met Office says: “For March-April-May as a whole, above-average temperatures are more likely than below-average temperatures.”

The average temperature for April is 11.5C although the highest ever April temperature in the UK hit 29.4C on April 16, 1949 in London’s Camden Square.

Bookies have already dropped the odds on it being the “hottest spring ever”.

Coral has slashed its odds for the UK from 4/1 to 5/1.

It has also given odds of 2/1 for next month being the warmest April ever.

The bookmaker also thinks this summer will also be the hottest since records began.

The warm weather comes just a week after flooding blighted the north, with heavy rainfall and high river levels in the Midlands and northern England.

Thunderstorms, highlighted in purple, set to hit parts of the UK next week
Thunderstorms, highlighted in purple, set to hit parts of the UK next week

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Mounts Bay saw mist this morning as rain is set to hit this weekend[/caption]

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Elmley in Kent was soaked after heavy rain battered the county[/caption]

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