The UK is set for more freezing temperatures over the weekend with hail, rain and snow as mercury drops to -4C, but warmer conditions are ahead and a mild Easter is forecast
Brits face a frigid weekend, with temperatures falling to as low as -4C across the country, and falling snow, rain and hail.
It’s been a chilly start to April as arctic air has rolled in from the north with below-average temperatures, and it’s even colder over the weekend than Norway’s capital Oslo, where temperatures aren’t expected to drop below zero.
But warmer weather is on the horizon, with temperatures in the mid-teens for Easter weekend, although mercury will fall again then.
This week’s lows of -5°C are significantly colder than the average minimum temperature for April, which is 3.75°C between 1991 and 2020.
But it’s also a far cry from the coldest temperature recorded for the weekend of April 9th and 10th, which was -10.5°C in Belper, Derbyshire, in 1973 and -10.1°C in Grantown- on Spey in Morayshire, in 1978.
While mercury may rise to 16C over Easter thanks to an approaching high pressure system, maps from WXCharts also show it could drop to -6C over the weekend after.
The odds have also been cut to 1/3 as it is the wettest April ever.
Ladbrokes’ Alex Apati said: “The latest odds suggest this month could well be a record-breaking flop.”
BBC forecaster Greg Dewhurst said: “High pressure is on the way this weekend but note it’s still quite chilly.
“But as we go into next week warm air is starting to come in from the south thanks to the low pressure slowly creeping in from the west so it will be warmer but also with the risk of heavier rain particularly in the west comes.”
Heading into Saturday, Mr Dewhurst said temperatures could drop as low as -4C with clear skies.
“Risk of showers across the Midlands, Wales moving south into southern England, some heavy, the odd rumble of thunder and hail there too,” he said.
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“Elsewhere, particularly as we get into the early hours we will see skies clearing, possibly some more showers over Northern Ireland and Scotland falling as sleet and snow over 150-200m, maybe an inch or two of snow over the higher ground of Scotland.
“Some icy stretches are possible here and with these clear skies we will see temperatures drop to freezing in the city and towns, down in the countryside -2 to -4 possible.”
UK forecast for the next 5 days
A few showers today, Sunday mostly fine.
Northern Scotland remains windy and rainy, intermittent heavy showers and wintry. Otherwise scattered rays of sunshine, but also a few showers from the southwest. Showers less frequent and less heavy than yesterday. Also a little warmer than yesterday.
Early evening showers will soon be confined to northern Scotland, where showers are still wintry for some. Otherwise a cold night with long clear periods and widespread frosts.
A chilly start and then most areas are fine, dry and bright. A few showers still over the far north of Scotland. Feeling warmer than Saturday.
Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:
Cloudy and windy with some rain spreading to the northeast on Monday and Tuesday. Dryer and less windy on Wednesday. In the south it will be warmer, in the north it will remain cold.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/uk-weather-forecast-hail-rain-26672699 UK weather forecast: Hail, rain and snow at -4C freezing this weekend ahead of a balmy Easter