UK Weather Forecast: Snow, hail and thunder with freezing temperatures lower than Oslo

The UK is set for more freezing temperatures today, with snow, hail and thunder for parts of the country and lows of -5C making it colder than Norway’s capital Oslo

The Met Office issued an ice warning today
The Met Office issued an ice warning today

Brits face frigid weather bringing snow, hail and thunder with temperatures reaching -5C making it colder than Oslo today.

The weather continues to be well below the average for the season, with low temperatures and strong winds making it bitterly cold on Thursday.

Wales bore the brunt of the storms, with the highest speeds reaching 67mph at Capel Curig and 63mph at Aberdaron.

Speeds also reached 58mph in Andrewsfield, Essex and 56mph in Weybourne, Norfolk and Little Rissington, Gloucestershire.

More snow is expected for the north of Britain today, while the Met Office has a yellow warning for ice running until 9am in Scotland.

Snow is expected in Scotland and wintry showers in northern England and Wales

The Met Office states: “Winter showers overnight and early Friday may cause difficult driving conditions and disruption to travel.”

People were told: “Probably some icy patches on some untreated roads, sidewalks and bike lanes.

“Some roads and railways are likely to be affected by increased travel times on road, bus and rail services.”

With temperatures hitting -5C in Scotland, that means Friday will be colder than Norway’s capital Oslo, where freezing temperatures are not expected.

BBC forecaster Chris Fawkes said: “We have showers mainly affecting northern areas, particularly in Scotland where some will fall as snow, particularly over the high ground, bringing a risk of icy stretches and widespread freezing.

Temperatures could drop as low as -5C on Friday


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“So it’s a cold start as we head into the first part of Friday morning.”

A low is heading towards northern France and there’s a chance it could also bring rain to the south coast of England, but there will be some sunshine for many areas of the UK despite Friday’s cold weather.

Mr Fawkes continued: “Many of us will start the day with sunshine, cold and frost.

“There will be widespread showers and thunderstorms which will then move across Scotland and Northern Ireland and into northern England and North Wales throughout the morning. The showers that are really spreading in those areas will include hail and thunder.”

It was warned of travel chaos caused by ice

After some mild 20C highs to welcome spring, April has been bitterly cold so far and frosts are expected to continue into the weekend.

A low of -5°C would be 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.

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Cold and rainy. It will be drier this weekend.


Rain clearing from the southernmost counties of England. Sunny spells for many but scattered showers too, this one being heaviest and most common in the north with hail, sleet and some snow on hills. Rather cold.

This evening:

Showers will be limited to the north and west coasts, mainly in northern Scotland where some snow will settle on high ground. Clear skies inland, allowing widespread frost to develop.


Many southern and western parts dry with sunny spells. Scattered showers break out, especially in the north and east. Still quite cold, but less cold in the south.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

A cold start but mostly dry with plenty of sunshine on Sunday. Milder from Sunday night but with clouds and rain moving in from the west overnight and into Monday.

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