UK weather forecast: Snow blast to grip Britain before high pressure brings spring heat

The Met Office has said the final few days of the month are likely to be calm, but not quite as sunny as last week. While the nation was getting used to life in lockdown, the weather was apparently teasing the UK with days of sunshine while most people were stuck indoors. The mercury peaked at 19.4C last Wednesday in north Wales.

This was about 8C above average for the time of year.

But the sunny spell was chased away by bitter winds over the weekend.

Temperatures also dipped below freezing in parts of the country overnight.

But forecasters have warned Tuesday will start frosty and stay mostly dry throughout the day.

The first few days of April will also feel significantly colder.

This was due to the thermometer sitting a couple of degrees lower than normal.

Met Office meteorologist Luke Miall said: “We will see spells of sunshine, cloudier skies at times.

“A few showers may affect eastern England, eastern Scotland and maybe northern Scotland as well, but the vast majority will be dry.”

It is a similar picture on Wednesday, with temperatures hitting 11C or 12C at their warmest.

But on Thursday, windier weather is expected across northern England and Northern Ireland.

Some heavy showers will hit Scotland and snow on higher ground.

Despite the chill, the weather is due to settle on Friday.

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This is due to the high pressure that has been dominating the UK’s air flows returns.

This will bring a dry day across the country.

Mr Miall said: “It is going to be a chilly feel most of the week really.

“No uncommon temperatures but definitely feeling cold.

“It will mainly be feeling cold because of how warm it was last week.”

He added: “Temperatures are slightly below average for the time of year but near where they should be.

“Towards the end of the week highs will be peaking at 10C (50F) in the South with the North looking at 6C to 8C – a couple of degrees down on where we should be.”

The bright calm weather seen last week was due to a patch of record-breaking high pressure sitting across the UK.

“It gave us plenty of clear blue skies, lots of sunshine and fine weather,” Mr Miall said.

“The high pressure was influencing our weather because it was just slightly to the east of us.

“It meant the winds were coming around from the east and the south-east which is a warmer direction than this week.

“They are coming down from the north.”


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