Brits brace for ‘dramatic’ Arctic air bringing snow and subzero plunge

Brits are set to endure cold conditions brought on by Arctic air travelling from the north after enjoying a 24C heatwave.

The Met Office has warned that after the warm weather spell, icy temperatures will move across the UK from Friday, bringing unsettled and wintry conditions.

Many people across England and Wales saw now showers and strong northerly winds. this week, but the weather service says "conditions will change dramatically later this week and over the East weekend" as cold spreads south.

They state it's not unusual to see "big swings" in temperature in Spring, but this week will feature a notable change as the warm air in southern parts of the UK are displaced.

A maximum of 24C was forecast for Wednesday, but a drop to single digits will pose a challenge for many next week.

From late Easter Sunday to early next week, the weather is likely to change with snow showers and strong northerly winds.

Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Mark Sidaway, said: “After a settled, warm spell with plenty of sunshine particularly across England and Wales our weather will take a notable change in direction later in the weekend.

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"Very cold Arctic air will move in from the north west through Sunday, bringing snow showers and freezing overnight temperatures. The snow showers will predominantly affect the north and west of the UK.

"The south and east will likely remain drier but still cold with a lower chance of wintry showers.”

Snow is more likely to fall in higher ground in the north and west of the UK due to the Arctic influence bringing low temperatures.

On Thursday, Brits will see a dry evening with sunshine, but patches of mist will form across parts of Scotland overnight.

Overcast skies will build across eastern England and northern Scotland with a chance of rain by dawn.

On Friday, it'll be a cold start with a chance of frost, with the better weather found in Wales and western England. Moving onto the weekend, dull and cloudy areas will find most Brits.

The subzero temperatures are expected to come into play on late Sunday and into next week, including Good Monday.

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