Those who plan to take full advantage of the latest relaxation of the restrictions on socializing over Easter will have to dig out their warm coats again.
Temperatures will drop over the holiday weekend, with snowfall even possible in some areas.
The wintry weather comes just days after the UK recorded its highest March temperature in 53 years.
While Londoners sunbathing in a heat of 24.5 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, the temperature in the capital is expected to drop to freezing on Monday evening.
Today it will be mostly dry, with some areas covered in irregular clouds.
Those planning to make the most of the latest relaxation of the restrictions on socializing over Easter will have to take off their warm coats again, with temperatures set to drop
Easter Monday will be particularly cold for most parts and some areas should prepare for ‘thundersnow’ – a mix of thunderstorms and snow.
While the south will hold on to warmer temperatures the longest, the entire country will see mercury drop to single digits by the end of the holiday weekend.
In Southern England and Wales, temperatures will rise to 15 ° C today, but drop to -3 ° C on Monday.
Meanwhile, the north will dive to -4C on Monday evening.
Meteogroup forecaster Stephen Davenport said, “We’ll probably be fine until Sunday, when a cold front is coming south.”
There are warnings of heavy snowfall for parts of Northern Scotland, but forecasters have said that nowhere in the country will be ‘immune’ to snowfall by Monday as temperatures continue to drop.
Despite the cold weather, the public is urged to respect the rules and only meet friends and family outside as restrictions begin to ease.
People walk under the blossoms in Battersea Park, London on Friday, April 2, 2021. Temperatures will drop over the holiday weekend, with snowfall even possible in some areas
Despite the cold weather, the public is urged to respect the rules and only meet friends and family outside as restrictions begin to ease. Pictured: A police van patrols as people relax in Hyde Park in central London on April 2, 2021
More than half of British households – 51% – planned to swap a traditional Easter roast for a barbecue or picnic this year, according to a survey by Sainsbury’s.
Plans are likely to have to change in Fife, Strathclyde and the Highlands due to gale-force winds and snow showers as the land enters an ‘arctic trough’.
By Easter Monday morning, snow can fall as much as 15 cm in higher areas.
The Met Office’s yellow alerts are in effect from 6:00 pm Sunday to midnight Monday.
Craig Snell, Met Office forecaster, said: ‘After a taste of summer for much of the UK, we will see it getting much colder in the second half of Easter weekend.
Much of the UK will tend to see some winter showers over Monday, but the north of Scotland will see the heaviest and most frequent snows.
“That’s where the most concern is that we’ll see some disruption.”
A return of the chills in February? While Londoners sunbathing in a heat of 24.5 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, the temperature in the capital is expected to drop to freezing on Monday evening. Pictured: People walk on the south bank of the River Thames in London on February 8, 2021
Mr Snell said that while it was not uncommon to see snow at this time of year, it would come as a ‘shock to the system’ for many, after the balmy temperatures felt earlier in the week.
On Saturday, temperatures in the south-east and London are expected to be around 12 ° C and, further north – Manchester and Leeds – the highest temperatures could reach 13 ° C and 10 ° C respectively.
On Monday, London could drop to 8C, Manchester 7C and Leeds a chilly 5C.
“Nowhere will be immune to possible snow showers on Monday, not even in the South West of England,” said Mr Snell.
But he said the snow was unlikely to settle.
Despite the disappointing weather, the British still made the most of the Good Friday holiday – flocking to parks and beaches.
The Metropolitan Police has issued a warning for the long weekend, telling people not to gather in large groups ahead of some planned protests.
On Friday afternoon, a ‘Kill the Bill’ rally took place in Finsbury Park against the government’s proposed law on police, crime, sentencing and courts, while similar events took place elsewhere.
The Met expects more protests in the capital this weekend, which are now legal on the condition that organizers submit a risk assessment and take steps to ensure the meeting is safe.
The force said, “Enforcement will be carried out, if necessary, in the interest of public health.”