Strong northerly winds bringing frequent showers of hail and snow

After a spell of warm weather, cooler conditions will spread across the UK before likely becoming unsettled and much colder with the chance of wintry conditions from Sunday.

Saturday, 3rd April 2021, 9:46 am

Temperatures across much of England and Wales climbed to over 20°C this week however conditions will change dramatically later this week and over the Easter weekend with colder spreading from the north.

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It’s not unusual to see big swings in temperature across the UK in spring, however there will be a notable change in temperature as the warm air across the south is displaced. There will be a drop to single figures for many by the start of next week.

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Today: After a chilly start in places, it will be another fine and dry day with variable cloud and sunny spells. Still on the chilly side along the east coast, but feeling pleasant in the sunshine inland, with light winds. Maximum temperature 11 °C.

Tonight: Overnight will be fine and dry, with clear spells. It will be another chilly night, with a touch of frost and possibly some mist and fog patches forming in places. Minimum temperature -2 °C.

Sunday: Another chilly start in places, although it will be a fine and dry day, with sunny spells. Feeling warm in the sunshine. Turning cloudier and breezier with some rain later. Maximum temperature 14 °C.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday: A change to much colder conditions this week, with strong northerly winds bringing frequent showers of hail and snow, especially exposed windward coasts and hills. Becoming less cold on Wednesday.

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