UK weather: SNOW hits Britain as temperatures plunge to -7C after Easter scorcher

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SNOW blanketed Britain overnight as temperatures plunged after a scorching Easter weekend.

The mercury dropped to -5C as the weather took a wintry turn – and it could get even worse.

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Traffic on the A832 near Muir of Ord as snow sweeps in across the Scottish Highlands[/caption]


A motorist clears snow from a vehicle in Sunniside, Gateshead, on Easter Monday[/caption]


Overnight snow fall on Easter Monday in Slayley, Northumberland[/caption]

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High winds and blizzard-like conditions hit the mainland in Shetland[/caption]

Brits hit parks and beaches to soak up the Easter Sunday sunshine when temperatures reached 18C in places.

But an “Arctic barrage” has hit the UK, bringing a ferocious wind chill and frosty conditions.

Today’s temperatures are expected to be up to 11C lower than during the sunshine of the Easter weekend as cold northern winds move over the country.

Parts of the UK are set to see the mercury fall to as low as -7C overnight as forecasters warn the country faces a “bitterly cold” day.

Highs of 17.9C were recorded in Pershore, Worcestershire, on Easter Sunday – but the town is expected to drop to 7C today.

Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said: “There’ll be a drop of 11 degrees between one day and the next, so you will definitely notice it!”


A dusting of snow covers rooftops in Sunniside, Gateshead[/caption]


Snow blankets a trampoline in a back garden in Accrington, Lancashire[/caption]

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Stormy seas in Seaham, County Durham[/caption]


Yellow weather warnings for snow, wind and ice are in place until Tuesday[/caption]

Southern England will see highs of 7C today but gusts of up to 30mph will make it feel much chillier, the Met Office warns.

Met Office forecaster Sarah Kent said: “It’s Arctic maritime air, which does mean it’s coming from the Arctic.

“So it’s going to be cold for everybody, but also windy too. The wind chill is going to be significant.”

Snow warnings are in place for northern Scotland, with as much as 6in falling in higher areas.

The Met Office’s yellow warnings are in place until 10am on Tuesday for Scotland, with winds of up to 70mph expected.

Forecasters warn of “frequent snow and hail showers accompanied by a very strong northerly wind”, which could bring travel disruption.


The sea front in Whitby, Yorkshire, where sea foam has been created by the Arctic blast[/caption]


Snow begins to fall in Lincoln[/caption]

A slight dusting of snow this morning in Durham

A wintry wind chill will make it feel much colder on Easter Monday[/caption]

A yellow weather warning for snow and ice is also in place across western Wales and Northern Ireland until tomorrow morning.

White showers will also hit the north and north west, but they “could occur almost anywhere in the UK”, according to the Met Office.

Light showers fell in south London this morning, and coastal areas of eastern England are likely to see the white stuff on Easter Monday and beyond.

The change in weather will also bring “severe gales” and a “widespread sharp frost”.

Chief meteorologist Dan Suri said: “The Met Office has been signalling a dramatic change in weather type for several days, with very cold air moving from the Arctic through Sunday night, bringing snow showers and freezing overnight temperatures and all accompanied by strong northerly winds accentuating the cold.

“Although snow showers will predominantly affect the north and north west, they could occur almost anywhere in the UK early this week, at least temporarily.”


Sheep walk through a snow covered field in Slayley, Northumberland[/caption]

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The Shetland Islands have been hit with snowfall and bitterly cold winds[/caption]

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Wintry conditions blasting the far north of the UK in mainland Shetland[/caption]

Heavy show covers Alford, Aberdeenshire

The coming nights could see lows of -11C in Scotland and -8C in England – almost as cold as the -12.5C coldest Easter on record in 2013, The Weather Outlook said.

Gritters are set to be dispatched in England after 127 of them hit Scotland’s roads over the weekend.

Tuesday is set to be another cold day with “snow showers pretty much anywhere”, plus “strong winds”.

And the Met Office forecasts 7C highs until Wednesday, with snow in showers reducing, and 8 to 11C from Thursday to Sunday – still 3C below 14C average April highs.

April would be the coldest for 31 years, since 1989, if the month’s average temperature is more than 1.1C below normal, Met Office records show.

Coral has slashed the odds on this April being the coldest since records began to just 5/4.

The bookmaker’s Harry Aitkenhead said: “Temperatures have dipped from the mini heatwave we enjoyed at the end of March, and the signs are we are headed for a very cold April.”


People walk through the snowy weather on Hampstead Heath, North London[/caption]


Waves from the North Sea crash against the Tynemouth Lighthouse on the north east coast[/caption]

A car in the snow near Alford, Aberdeenshire

Whitby in Yorkshire is blanketed in a sea foam caused by the wintry weather[/caption]


The village of Muir of Ord as snow sweeps across the Highlands of Scotland[/caption]

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