A WEEKEND freeze will send temperatures across the UK plunging by up to a bone-chilling 18C.
After days of balmy sunshine, Britain is getting thrown back in the freezer as an icy blast of Arctic air sweeps in from Saturday.
Temperatures will plummet over the weekend as changeable weather sweeps in, with this map showing much colder conditions in the early hours of Sunday morning[/caption]
The Met Office has warned that widespread frost is to be expected amid lows of -4C in England over the weekend and into next week.
Even the recent spring sunshine won’t last for long – as the jet stream pushes southwards over the coming days, bringing rain over Saturday and Sunday.
These showers will last into next week and could even turn wintry in northern parts – where the threat of snow is on the cards.
Gales are also expected to reach speeds of 40mph in Scotland and Northern Ireland – with slower but still blustery gusts in England.
High temperatures will hover in the top-end of single figures – but could remain around 11C in the southwest.
There will be rain and strong winds at times, mainly in the northwest of the UK, where gales are likely
A Met Office forecast said: “Next week will be off to a chilly but mainly fine start on Monday, though it will gradually become more changeable through the week.
“There will be rain and strong winds at times, mainly in the northwest of the UK, where gales are likely.
“Some rain is possible in the south too, but there will be more in the way of dry weather.
“The unsettled weather is likely to continue into mid April.”
Colder air will also feed in, with high temperatures dropping to around the 10C mark.
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And by Tuesday next week snow will sweep across from the Atlantic, hitting Northern Scotland and settling in the hills.
The snow will then head down the east coast of England before blowing across the channel, according to forecasting graphs.
The combination of heavy showers and a dip in temperatures will create a stormy and unsettled start to April.
The Met Office warned: “Whilst the clocks go forward this weekend, temperatures will fall back!”
Weather maps show thunderstorms will strike south eastern parts of the country, including London, with isolated storms in Cornwall and the northern tips of Scotland.
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But things could get hotter in the second half of April – with temperatures hitting 26C as plumes of warm air travel northwards from Africa.
The Weather Outlook’s Brian Gaze added: “With computer models strongly favouring a warm spring, there is potential for the record for the hottest spring to be challenged.
“Highs of 26C are likely in April. Plumes of warm air from Africa are expected.
“And there is an increased chance of a hot and settled summer due to the trend for more high pressure, which brings hot conditions in summer.”
The three-month outlook from the Met Office says: “For March-April-May as a whole, above-average temperatures are more likely than below-average temperatures.”
The average temperature for April is 11.5C although the highest ever April temperature in the UK hit 29.4C on April 16, 1949, in London’s Camden Square.
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Bookies have already dropped the odds on it being the “hottest spring ever”.
Coral has slashed its odds for the UK from 4/1 to 5/1.
It has also given odds of 2/1 for next month being the warmest April ever.
The bookmaker also thinks this summer will also be the hottest since records began.
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