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UK weather: Snow forecast on Easter weekend after mini heatwave

The weather is going to change by the weekend

Many parts of the UK have been basking in unseasonably warm weather, with yesterday the hottest March day in 53 years.

The mercury peaked at 24.5C in Kew Gardens, west London, while elsewhere in the country people also flocked to beaches and parks.

But unfortunately for those hoping the sunshine will hold until Easter weekend, a spell of colder weather is predicted with some areas even seeing snow.

The Met Office’s 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.’

The Met Office say that it is ‘not unusual to see big swings in temperature across the UK in spring’ but the change throughout the week will be ‘notable’.

Today has the potential to be even hotter than yesterday, with a maximumof 24C forecast.

By the start of next week there will be a drop to single figures for many areas.

This could pose a challenge for sectors such as agriculture and horticulture. 

‘This is particularly true from late Sunday and into early next week when the character of the weather is likely to change with the prospect of snow showers for many accompanied by very strong northerly winds,’ the forecaster said.

People on the beach at Barry Island, Wales. Picture date: Wednesday March 31, 2021. The UK may be about to experience its hottest March on record with temperatures forecast to soar to around 25C (77F). PA Photo. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

People on the beach at Barry Island, Wales, today (Picture: PA)
Crowds enjoy Brockwell Lido in Brixton, London (Picture: Getty)

Phil Stocker, chief executive of the National Sheep Association, 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.’

Gardeners should also take care with what they plant during the warm weather, as it could soon be followed by frost across the UK.

Guy Barter, chief horticulturalist at the Royal Horticultural Society, said: ‘Overnight frosts in April are dreaded by gardeners. Magnolia and camellia flowers are ruined, fruit blossom and young fruitlets including pears and apples are spoiled and the tender tips of potatoes will be burnt off if they appear above ground.

‘Gardener’s hearts are in their mouths through April as they anxiously scan the weather forecasts for frost warnings ready to rush out and cover vulnerable plants to ward off damage.’

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