UK Weather: UK goes from hotter than Ibiza to colder than Iceland when snow hits

The Met Office says cold air is arriving from today and will continue through the week, with winter’s ‘sting in the tail’ causing snow flurries in the north from mid-week

Snow flurries are expected in the north from the middle of the week.
Snow flurries are expected in the north from the middle of the week

The UK is forecast to go from hotter than Ibiza to colder than Iceland with snow this week, forecasters said.

Cold air is coming from Monday and will continue through the week, with the winter’s ‘thorn in the tail’ leading the Met Office to forecast snow flurries in the north from mid-week.

Snow starts in the north on Wednesday and is expected to hit Scotland and the northern parts of England.

Wintry weather is expected to hit southern Britain from Thursday.

Forecasters say it is expected to be around four inches in some areas.

Wales will settle as much as three inches later in the week while Northern Ireland is not immune and will also see some snow.

The coming cold snap will come as a shock to the system for those who have started breaking down their summer wardrobe

Large parts of the country will be hit by rain that will turn to sleet or snow as temperatures drop.

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “A shock to the system is at hand, with a foretaste of winter returning as British summer time begins.

“It’s a remarkable shift from warmer to colder weather, with Tuesday’s cold front bringing the risk of snow on the hills before wintry showers follow.”

Frost is expected for many regions as temperatures drop


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The week-long cold spell will keep much of Britain shivering into April.

Temperatures are expected to drop to -4C in the north, while sub-zero temperatures will also hit the south.

Frost is expected for many regions.

Weekend highs of 20C will drop to 14C today and fall further to 12C tomorrow.

By Thursday many will see highs of just 6 or 7C.

The UK is going from warmer than 16°C in Ibiza to colder than 8°C in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Another Met Office forecaster said today would still bring warm, sunny spells for some.

“From Tuesday, showers or longer rain showers will follow in large parts, which will then become colder with wintry showers in northern areas.

“As of Thursday there may be frequent wintry showers in the north, further south with some showers and possible snow on the hills with a small chance of this reaching low levels.”

The Met Office has said “below average temperatures” should end later in April.

Fulfilled Office forecast for the next five days:


Fog and low clouds slowly clear inland to allow for warm sunshine in places. Rain or showers are possible in parts of Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Ireland and North Wales. It will be cloudier in southern England.

This evening:

Low clouds and fog spread inland. Outbursts of rain are developing in parts of southern England and perhaps south Wales, heavy in places.


Occasional rain over southern England, slowly dissipating. Fog and low clouds are limited to the east coast. Rain moves south across Scotland followed by colder weather with wintry showers.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:

Streaks of rain and mostly hill snow will move south on Wednesday and Thursday, followed by cold air. Rain and snow clearing late Thursday. Wintry showers mainly on Friday in the north and east.

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