UK weather forecast – Torrential rain to drench southern England as north basks in sunshine… but -5C polar winds send temperatures plummeting


A NORTH-south split in the UK’s weather today will see a torrential washout for some – and glorious sunshine for others.

Heavy spring showers will see southern England drenched throughout the day today.

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A north-south split will see sunshine for some and heavy showers for others all day on Tuesday. This map shows the weather picture at 1pm today[/caption]

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UK weather forecast – Heavy downpours will sit over the south of England all day, while it remains clear further north[/caption]

And chilly easterly winds will send temperatures down to the low double figures – adding to the grim conditions here.

But further north will see wall-to-wall sunshine for many – although it will still be cold as cooler air from Scandinavia and Russia sweeps in.

The Met Office said: “Mainly cloudy with rain across many parts of southern England and South Wales, with some heavy bursts at times.

“A brighter picture further north, with sunshine for many, but feeling cold in the breeze on eastern coasts.”

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The change in weather is due to a polar continental air mass bringing in the colder winds.

By Wednesday the blast from the north will push down on the UK, affecting the far south.

The Met Office forecast highs are set to feel like 5-9C for most from Tuesday in easterly windchill, and 3-8C by Thursday.

Overnight temperatures could plummet to as low as -5C this week – with snow set to hit even low levels in the north on Thursday and Friday.

The south also risks snow flurries, The Weather Outlook said.

But the Met Office said the Easter weekend is set for a warm-up, with highs over 20C on the cards into late April, with warm weather continuing into May.

Up to 24C around Easter and 26C from late April were forecast by The Weather Outlook.


The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “A ‘Beast from the North-East’ from Scandinavia means it could be a white Easter holidays for some.

“Sleet or snow even in the South can’t be ruled out.

“But warm air is expected later in the month, with a spread of computer model outcomes as some suggest up to 24C from around Easter and 26C in late April into early May.”

Met Office forecaster Sophie Yeomans said: “Cold air will come straight from the Arctic, passing Sweden and Norway, bringing cold easterly winds affecting temperatures.

“Temperatures come down for all by Thursday and Friday, with highs struggling to 9-10C, some snow possible in the north and -5C possible at night with widespread frost risks if clouds clear at night.

“Rain and strong winds follow from the weekend.


Brits may have to keep their chocolate eggs in the fridge over Easter as temperatures are set to soar to 24 degrees for the bank holiday weekend.

As well as a gloriously warm Easter, April is expected to be a scorcher with highs of 26C towards the end of the month according to The Weather Outlook.

The Met Office has said the Easter weekend is set to be a warm one, with highs over 20C on the cards into late April, with warm weather continuing into May.

Up to 24C around Easter and 26C from late April were forecast by The Weather Outlook.

Sophie Yeomans added: “Warmer weather is possible by Easter, with a good chance of high pressure building, and late April has over 20C possible if there is clear skies.

Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of Weathertrending said:”Easterlies are set to sweep all before them, with raw winds originating in Arctic Russia for Easter holidays with snowfall possible.

“But a mid-month change sees warmer conditions through Easter, with April 22-May 5 seeing proper spring weather.”



Torrential rain will affect the south of England, while much of the rest of Britain stays dry[/caption]

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Temperatures will struggle to get into the double figures at 1pm today as bitter easterly winds are swept in from Scandinavia and Russia[/caption]

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