This Morning: Weather guru says ‘we’re in for a soak’
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Many Britons may have been hoping the heatwave-like conditions seen at the start of this week would continue into the four-day bank holiday weekend, but the latest weather forecast shows the UK is in for a stark change in conditions. Temperatures are expected to plunge to single digits this weekend, with Easter Monday set for the coldest conditions as snow is forecast across much of the UK.
Jim Dale, from British Weather Services, told Express.co.uk the change in conditions will be “progressive”, as we start to see the mercury dip from late this week.
He said: “The coldest day will be the Monday with the potential for sleet or snow, especially in the north and along the east of the country.”
The meteorologist said the cold snap and potential for wintry showers will not be exclusive to northern parts.
He added: “The outbreaks could be anywhere. The whole country goes into a wintry set up.”
Mr Dale explained the stark change in weather conditions, as opposed to high temperatures recorded on Tuesday, is due to a change in the air stream.
He said: “A cold front, which has been giving northwest Scotland all the rain over the last little while, that has started to move south across the UK.”
By Monday another weather front will move in from Scandinavia, causing wintry troughs in the UK.
Mr Dale said this will cause a week of below-average temperatures, overnight frosts and risk of snow.
The forecaster said the weekend will be fairly mild, with cold mornings and risks of frost before warming up slightly by the afternoon.
He said the mercury can expect to hit 11C or 12C in the south this weekend, before dropping even further on Easter Monday to lows of 7C or 8C.
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Mr Dale said temperatures will be even cooler in the north and along the east coast, with lows of -3C forecast.
The latest weather charts also show the Easter Weekend is set to be particularly cold.
Temperatures on Good Friday, April 2, could drop to -2C in Wales at 12pm, according to Netweather.
Across the rest of the country, the mercury isn’t expected to rise much above 4C.
Saturday and Sunday is set to be a little warmer, with temperature charts forecasting highs of 13C in Scotland at 3pm, with an average of 10C seen across England.
But the mercury is set to plummet substantially overnight and into Easter Monday, with lows of -10C forecast in Scotland at 6am.
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Temperatures are set to dip to a chilly -4C in the north of England, while the south looks set to just stay above freezing.
The cold conditions look set to coincide with snowfall, with snow risk charts covering huge swathes of the UK at 6am on Monday morning.
The weather map shows parts of Scotland, north England, Wales and the Midlands are covered by areas of white – indicating a 100 percent risk of snow.
The south of England turns bright red, indicating up to an 85 percent snow risk.
The risk of snow continues throughout the day.
The Met Office is also forecasting snow by the end of the bank holiday weekend.
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 northwest 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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