The UK reportedly could face temperatures as low as -5C in the first week of May, according to claims by forecasters in several national titles today (April 28).
It comes as a ‘1,000-mile-wide cold front’ is reportedly set to settle over the country and would last to the May Bank Holiday weekend, in contrast to the sunny weather seen over Easter.
It could lead to temperatures of -5C in the North as well as snow brought on in ‘wintry showers’.
However, experts are not all in agreement.
In a statement published by several titles, ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond said: “The mercury will go into reverse, with a cooler trend to end April. Fresh waves of Arctic air mean a good chance, even across southern Britain, of temperatures falling close to or below freezing.
“One or two wintry showers are not ruled out later in the week, most likely on higher ground in the North.”
In contrast, an unnamed Met Office source said: “I have to say, that piece doesn’t really accurately reflect the uncertainties in the current Met Office long range outlook, and I don’t think it’s fair at this stage to be comparing the month of May historically, as there’s still a lot to determine in the coming weeks.”