Weather forecast UK today – Easter could be WARM after all as Met Office predicts -5C cold snap will vanish just in time

BRITS could enjoy a warm Easter after all as the 2,000 mile wide -5C Arctic Dome vanishes just in time.

While the subzero freeze will continue this week bringing snow and icy conditions, things are now expected to warm up in time for the long Easter weekend at the start of April.

A Met Office spokesperson said: “Going into April, settled conditions are likely to continue in southern and eastern areas, where a good deal of dry and bright weather will occur.

The temperature spike will come as a boost to millions of Brits as it marks the first time in months friends can meet in public with rule of six replacing rules banning more than two people from different houses meeting.

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  • Alice Peacock

    COLD SNAP HITTING UK FROM TODAY

    Spring may be just days away, but forecasters say the weather over the next two weeks will feel more like winter.

    The Weather Outlook's Brian Gaze said a high pressure system moving in from the north will bring rain and colder temperatures with it.

    "Very cold air is pushing across across continental Europe, and pushing in across England and Wales before it slips away."

    The colder air is moving in from the Arctic region, and is expected to cause the mercury to drop below zero in some areas.

    Forecasters are predicting the cold snap could drag on until Easter.

  • Alice Peacock

    GLOBAL CARBON DIOXIDE LEVELS AT ALL TIME HIGH SAYS MET OFFICE

    Global Carbon Dioxide levels are at an all-time high, the latest Met Office research has found.

    The levels are now 50% higher than when humanity embarked on the industrial revolution.

  • Alice Peacock

    WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF SPRING?

    With the onset of Spring, comes longer days, warm, sunny conditions and the growth of plants and trees.

    The warmer weather will bring migrant birds in from Africa, and will bring about the emergence of warblers, nightingales and cuckoos.

  • Alice Peacock

    CHILLY START TO THURSDAY

    It's a chilly start to Thursday morning for most, with all signs of Spring gone for the minute.

    More on this, below:

  • Alice Peacock

    WHAT'S ON THE CARDS FOR THURSDAY?

    Thursday is kicking off with some cloud in the east with patchy rain and drizzle.

    Drier further west, Brits will be experiencing some occasional bright spells, although cloud will increase here later bringing the risk of some rain.

    Maximum temperatures will be around 12C.

  • Ben Hill

    HURRICANE NAMES

    The Atlantic hurricane names Dorian, Laura, Eta and Iota are being retired due to the trail of death and destruction left in their wake, the UN's World Meteorological Organization said Wednesday.

    The four names were wiped off the lists following a two-day virtual meeting of the WMO's 28-country Hurricane Committee serving North America, Central America and the Caribbean.

    "We've retired some hurricane names based on the impact on lives and property," said committee chair Ken Graham, director of the US National Hurricane Center.

    During 2020, the unprecedented number of 30 named Atlantic storms led to at least 400 fatalities and cost $41 billion in damages.

  • Ben Hill

    GAS EMISSIONS

    The UK is halfway to cutting its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero after a record annual fall in pollution during the pandemic, analysis shows.

    But emissions are likely to increase as the economy recovers, highlighting the challenge in cutting carbon in areas such as transport and housing to meet the goal to end the UK's contribution to climate change by 2050.

    The assessment by climate and energy website Carbon Brief estimates that UK greenhouse gases fell by 11 per cent in 2020, the biggest annual fall in at least 30 years and a bigger drop than after the global financial crisis in 2009.

    The significant reduction in 2020 means the UK has seen emissions fall 51 per centsince 1990, the benchmark year for measuring greenhouse gas reductions under laws to tackle the climate crisis.

  • Ben Hill

    TWO DAY UK FORECAST

    Tonight: A generally dull evening with thick cloud and spells of rain across eastern areas will continue but will turn increasingly light and patchy.

    Overnight will be dry but rather cloudy and overcast for most with spots of drizzle across northern and western areas. A few clear spells for western areas

    Tomorrow: A dull and damp start to the day with cloudy skies and spots of drizzle.

    During the day it will then be mostly dry but grey and overcast with cloudy skies persisting. Turning increasingly bright from the south-east with cloud breaking and spells of sunshine developing during the afternoon

  • Ben Hill

    AMERICAN TORNADOES

    The prospect of more tornadoes overnight and into Thursday across the Deep South of the United States had forecasters advising residents to take extra precautions.

    A wave of storms pounded the region throughout the day Wednesday, leaving a trail of splintered trees and damaged buildings.

    The biggest overnight threat of tornadoes remained over Alabama, according to the National Weather Services Storm Prediction Center, but severe storms and tornadoes were possible from east-central Georgia and northeast across South and North Carolina later today.

    Significant tornadoes, wind damage and large hail will be possible from morning into afternoon.

  • Katie Davis

    LONG-RANGE FORECAST FOR APRIL

    Going into April, settled conditions are likely to continue in southern and eastern areas, where a good deal of dry and bright weather will occur, according to the Met Office.

    The weather in the northwest will be changeable and unsettled, and there is a slight possibility that some of the wet and windy weather may push southwards into central areas at times, allowing clearer but showery weather into the northwest.

    Conditions look to be drier than average for most.

    Temperatures are expected to be near or milder than average, with any cooler interludes likely to be short-lived, and mostly in the north.

    With the year progressing and temperatures warming, there is an increased chance of afternoon showers, even in the settled southeast.

  • Katie Davis

    SUB-ZERO TEMPS COMING

    Sub-zero temperatures are set to hit the UK until Easter with frost and snow expected to cover parts of the country.

    After this week started on a warm note, Brits will need to brace for colder weather conditions over the next few days.

    Cold air is set to move in the UK from the Arctic region, with the mercury dropping below zero.

    Met Office meteorologist Clare Nasir said a light breeze will make temperatures fall today, with the mercury plummeting to -3C in Northern Ireland overnight.

    Some fog will also form in southern parts of Northern Ireland, East Wales and North West England. The forecaster said it will be frosty for some as temperatures fall close to freezing, particularly in the countryside

  • Katie Davis

    WEDNESDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES

    Milford Haven in Wales enjoyed the highest temperature of Wednesday at 15.4C, reports the Met Office.

    At the other end of the scale, Katesbridge in Northern Ireland recorded the lowest at -2.3C.

    Meanwhile, Lerwick on the Shetland Islands had the most rain at 2.8mm while Camborne in Cornwall had the most daylight time at 7.9hours.

  • Katie Davis

    HURRICANE NAMES 'RETIRED'

  • Katie Davis

    THURSDAY'S FORECAST FOR LONDON

    Cloudy in the east with patchy rain and drizzle.

    Drier further west with, some occasional bright spells, although cloud will increase here later bringing the risk of some rain.

    Maximum temperature 12C.

  • Katie Davis

    WEATHER WARNINGS THIS WEEK

    There are no weather warnings in place for the rest of the week.

  • Katie Davis

    WHAT TO EXPECT OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS

    Weather over the rest of the week, and leading into the weekend, is mostly fine, with a frosty bite in some parts.

    Clear spells today are likely to contribute to a chilly night, with a touch of frost in places, according to Met Office forecasting.

    Northwestern areas will be a little warmer, with low cloud and patchy drizzle, while odd showers may fringe the southeast of England.

    Thursday should bring periods of sunshine, with the best of the weather felt across parts of Scotland and western Britain, where it should feel quite warm by the afternoon.

    Friday could bring rain for those in the east, with the wet weather having potential to linger through the weekend.

  • Katie Davis

    IN PICS: SPRING DAY IN DORSET

    Benches along the seafront at Lyme Regis in Dorset were packed today as people enjoyed the hazy spring sunshine.

    The south coast enjoyed the best of the weather today with conditions remaining largely warm and sunny while the rest of the UK braced itself for colder temperatures.

    Meanwhile, the spectacular colours of sunrise were captured over the Cobb at Lyme Regis at the start of a beautiful spring day. 

    Benches along the seafront at Lyme Regis were full todayCredit: Alamy
    Stunning sunrise over the Cobb in DorsetCredit: Alamy

     

  • Katie Davis

    FLOOD ALERTS IN PLACE

    The Environment Agency has issued 13 flood alerts across the country.

    It means flooding is possible and those living in the area should be prepared.

    To view the areas affected, click here

  • Katie Davis

    CARBON DIOXIDE LEVELS AT ALL TIME HIGH

    Global Carbon Dioxide levels are at an all-time high, the latest Met Office research has found.

    The levels are now 50% higher than when humanity embarked on the industrial revolution.

  • Katie Davis

    CHILLY START AND A TOUCH OF FROST

    After a chilly start with frost in places, Thursday should see the best of the sunshine across parts of Scotland and western Britain, the Met Office reports.

    In these parts, it should feel quite warm by the afternoon.

    Turning cloudier with some rain in east and south-east England.

  • Katie Davis

    COOLER DAY AFTER SPRING-LIKE TEMPS

    The Spring-like temperatures felt over the UK over the past couple of days appear to have gone back into hiding, with things looking a little chillier today.

    BBC Weather forecaster Simon King said “maximum temperatures are getting up to about 11 or 13C, maybe up to 15C in south east Wales and the west country”.

    Yesterday marked the warmest day of the year for both Wales and Northern Ireland.

    The Met Office says Northern Ireland has recorded double digit figures today.

    A lush, spring like temperature of 14.8C was recorded in Derrylin today. And highs of 17.2C were recorded yesterday at Cardiff Bute Park, in Wales.

  • Katie Davis

    OUTLOOK FOR TOMORROW

    Sunshine in places, best across parts of Scotland and western Britain, where it should feel quite warm by afternoon.

    Turning cloudier with some rain in east and southeast England.

  • Katie Davis

    WATCH: FORECAST FOR NEXT TEN DAYS

  • Katie Davis

    IN PICS: SUNSET IN WARWICKSHIRE

    People gathered at the Chesterton Windwill in Warwickshire this evening to take in the sunset.

    Stunning snaps show crowds, appearing as silhouettes on the skyline, watch as the sun disappeared for another day.

    The striking windmill, which stands on a hilltop overlooking the village of Chesterton, is a Grade I listed building.

    Sunset in WarwickshireCredit: PA
    People gathered at Chesterton Windwill to watchCredit: PA

     

  • Katie Davis

    'ARCTIC DOME' WILL BRING SNOW & ICE IN COMING DAYS

    The Met Office has warned a 2,000-mile wide 'Arctic dome' of cold air will bring snow and ice into the UK this week.

    After the first signs of spring, the weather will turn colder again starting from today, forecasters have warned.

    The mercury will plummet with Scotland, Northumberland, Cumbria, Liverpool and Manchester all set to see snow, according to Netweather.

    It has predicted a 30 to 85 per cent chance of the white stuff, with temperatures in the South East reaching between -3C and -5C.

    London, Bath and Kent could also see white showers, forecasters have warned.

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