Freezing weather on the way as heatwave gives way to Arctic winds

The weather can’t make its mind up over the long weekend (Picture: PA)

Easter Sunday saw people picnicking in the park and going out without their coats on.

But Easter Monday it set to bring very different weather, with Arctic winds sweeping in and even the prospect of snow in some areas.

Temperatures are expected to plunge as a cold snap sets in, with some parts of the UK set to be as cold as -7C tonight.

Parts of Northern England will be sub-zero, while the coldest areas will be in Scotland.

Even typically milder southern England could be as cold as 2C on Monday morning.

It will come as a shock to anyone who hasn’t been following the weather forecast, as so far this weekend parks and public spaces have been busy.

Met Office forecaster Sarah Kent said: ‘We will see this plunge of much colder conditions coming in.

‘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 15cm falling in higher areas.

The Met Office’s yellow warnings are in place from 4pm on Sunday until 10am on Tuesday for Scotland, with winds of up to 70mph forecast.

People make their way long the sea front in Southsea, Hampshire, today

People make their way long the sea front in Southsea, Hampshire, today (Picture: PA)
Groups of people out in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire (Picture: PA)
Colder weather is on the way – tomorrow things may look more like this picture, taken in east London on February 8 (Picture: Rex)

Coastal areas of eastern England, parts of Wales and Northern Ireland could also see snow showers on Easter Monday.

Southern England can expect to see some sunshine and highs of 7C later in the day, but gusts of up to 30mph will make the temperature ‘feel like’ -1C, Ms Kent said.

Earlier this week, parts of the UK saw the mercury reach nearly 24C on Wednesday, a high unlikely to be repeated tomorrow.

Meteorologist Ms Kent said: ‘Today is a lovely day for an Easter egg hunt in the back garden, whereas tomorrow if you were doing one you’d probably want to wear three jumpers.’

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