Easter weather forecast – Snow alert and thundersnow for Easter Monday as temperatures set to plunge to -5C

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SNOW warnings have been issued as the UK braces for freakishly freezing -5C temperatures today

The Met Office said that no part of the country would be “immune” from snowfall on Easter Monday as temperatures across Britain continue to drop.

An "Arctic trough" will then see the Mercury plunge to -3C.

The colder weather coincides with the easing of coronavirus restrictions across the country and police have urged people to continue to respect the rules.

There will be a "massive step down" in temperatures tonight into tomorrow - as all areas across the UK approach freezing.

The 'Thundersnow' phenomenon combines stormy weather with wintry showers and happens when air closer to the ground is warmer than above but it is still cold enough to snow.

Grahame Madge, a spokesperson for the Met Office told the Sun Online: "The real cold is coming in late on Sunday and into Monday, and by Monday most places in UK will be subject to this Arctic plunge.

"It will be bringing wintery showers to northern England and Scotland, but we could also see wintery showers anywhere sporadically, and what we will see is likely to be hail, sleet, or snow."

Read our live blog below for the latest weather news and updates...

SPRING-LIKE EASTER TODAY... TOMORROW'S FREEZING

Easter egg hunts could end in a melted chocolate mess as temperatures are expected to climb to a possible 18C in the south of England.

Hopes for al-fresco lunch on Easter Sunday may be fulfilled in some areas, with the weather feeling spring-like before the mercury drops by as much as 10C going into Easter Monday.

Chilly weather will arrive earlier in parts of northern Scotland where snow warnings are in place, while a shower of snow may also fall along some coastal areas of eastern England.

DREAMING OF A WHITE EASTER?

By Easter Monday morning, there could be as much as 15cm of snow in higher areas.

The Met Office's yellow warnings are in place from 6pm on Sunday until midnight on Monday.

Parts of the UK saw the mercury reach nearly 24C (75.2F) on Wednesday - a balmy high unlikely to be repeated on Easter Sunday.

ENJOY IT WHILE IT LASTS FOLKS!

Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said the south of England can expect to see temperatures of 16C (60.8F) or 17C (62.6F) on Easter Sunday, with a high of 18C possible.

But this is expected to drop to 7C (44.6F) or 8C (46.4F) by Monday.

Talking about the pleasant weather on Easter Sunday, Mr Partridge joked: "You'll have to make sure your eggs don't melt if you're hiding them in the garden because it will be quite warm."

WEATHER MAP

Temperatures will drop to -5C

Temperatures will drop to -5C

 ALFRIDGE-CO MEAL

Dinner indoors looks more likely in Fife, Strathclyde and the Highlands, which are due to see gale-force winds and snow showers as the country enters an "Arctic trough".

By Easter Monday morning, there could be as much as 15cm of snow in higher areas.

The Met Office's yellow warnings are in place from 6pm on Sunday until midnight on Monday.

EASTER MONDAY TO FEEL LIKE WINTER

Chilly weather will arrive earlier in parts of northern Scotland where snow warnings are in place, while a shower of snow may also fall along some coastal areas of eastern England.

The public have been urged to respect the rules and only meet friends and family outdoors now that coronavirus restrictions have started to ease.

SPRING-LIKE EASTER SUNDAY

Easter egg hunts could end in a melted chocolate mess as temperatures are expected to climb to a possible 18C (64.4F) in the south of England.

Hopes for al-fresco lunch on Easter Sunday may be fulfilled in some areas, with the weather feeling spring-like before the mercury drops by as much as 10C going into Easter Monday.

HOW RARE IS THUNDERSNOW IN THE UK?

It is incredibly rare in the UK, but it is still possible. less than 5 in a quiet year to 20 or more in an active one

Met Office meteorologist Emma Sharples said: "It is possible, all that really needs is for thunder to happen at the same time as the snow.

"So where you get very active or vigorous showers... then we could well get some thunder as well. It is definitely possible."

Interestingly the snow muffles the sound of the thunder crashing in the sky but the lightning flashes will seem even brighter thanks to the whiteness of the snow reflecting it.

WHAT IS THUNDERSNOW?

Thundersnow is a freak phenomenon where heavy rain, usually associated with thunderstorms, falls as snow.

Also known as a thunder snowstorm, it is a type of storm with thunder and lightning that has snow falling instead of rain.

A Met Office said thunderstorms usually happen in the summer months when warm air under colder air wants to rise.

However when thunderstorms form in wintry conditions they can sometimes give rise to a heavy downpour of snow rather than the usual rain.

THUNDERSNOW TO STRIKE SCOTLAND

Thundersnow is a rare phenomenon that mainly has snow instead of rain.

Sky News weather producer Joanna Robinson added: "Thundersnow is possible – a thunderstorm that occurs with wintry precipitation. It’s quite rare.

"The lightning can appear brighter because of the light reflecting off the snowflakes, whereas the sound can be dampened down."

WATCH: EASTER SUNDAY WEATHER

Snow to batter Britain as temperatures set to plunge to -5C on Easter Sunday

MAKING THE MOST OF IT

These youngsters enjoy the sunny weather in The Burys, Godalming

These youngsters enjoy the sunny weather in The Burys, GodalmingCredit: Alamy

‘SHOCK TO SYSTEM’

Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said although it was not unusual to see snow at this time of year, it would be a "shock to the system" for many, following balmy temperatures felt earlier in the week.

Parts of the UK saw the mercury reach nearly 24C (75.2F) on Wednesday.

On Saturday, temperatures in the South East and London are expected to be about 12C (53.6F) and, further north - Manchester and Leeds - could see highs of 13C (55.4F) and 10C (50F) respectively.

By Monday, London may drop to 8C (46.4F), Manchester 7C (44.6F) and Leeds a chilly 5C (41F).

"Nowhere is going to be immune from potentially seeing some snow showers on Monday, even down towards the south west of England," said Mr Snell.

THIS IS SNOW JOKE!

By Easter Monday morning, there could be as much as 15cm of snow in higher areas.

The Met Office's yellow warnings are in place from 6pm on Sunday until midnight on Monday.

Craig Snell, forecaster for the Met Office, said: "After a taste of summer for a lot of the UK, we will see things turn much colder as we go through the second half of the Easter weekend.

"A lot of the UK will be prone to seeing some wintry showers as we go through the course of Monday but northern Scotland is where we'll see the heaviest and most frequent snow.

"That's where there's most concern that we might see some disruption."

BARBECUE EASTER

More than half of British households - 51 per cent - had planned to swap a traditional Easter roast for a barbeque or picnic this year, a survey by Sainsbury's found.

WRAP UP WARM FOR OUTDOOR EASTER 

The cold snap is set to continue over the weekend, hitting many people's hopes for an al-fresco Easter lunch.

Heavy snow warnings are in place for parts of northern Scotland, but forecasters have said nowhere in the country will be "immune" from snowfall by Monday as temperatures continue to drop.

Despite the chilly weather, the public have been urged to respect the rules and only meet friends and family outdoors now that restrictions have started to ease.

OUTLOOK FOR TOMORROW

Tomorrow, central and southern areas dry with plenty of sunshine and becoming rather warm by afternoon, according to the Met Office.

Becoming windy in north with rain moving south, then colder with snow showers far north.

Temperatures will plunge overnight, with snow expected to batter parts of the country on Monday.

SNOW WAY!

The Met Office has warned wind and snow could batter parts of the country as it issued a yellow weather warning.

Parts of Scotland could see a few centimetres of snow in places.

The warning will be in place from 6pm tomorrow.

COLDEST TEMP EVER RECORDED AT EASTER REVEALED

The coldest temperature ever recorded on an Easter weekend was -12.5C.

That was in Baemar, Scotland, back in 2013.

Hopefully temperatures won't drop that low this year!

Congratulations to all of you who said -12.5 C. It was recorded at Braemar in Scotland in 2013.

Thank you for taking part 👏 https://t.co/g6vPDVT4Hr

— Met Office (@metoffice) April 3, 2021

WHAT MET OFFICE YELLOW SNOW WARNING MEANS

A very cold northerly airflow will become established across the UK through Sunday night and Monday morning, the Met Office says.

Very strong north to northwest winds will spread hail and snow showers inland across many areas, but the most frequent showers will affect northern Scotland.

Here, 2-5cm may accumulate at low levels away from north-facing coasts, with 5-10cm above 150m, and 15cm possible on highest ground above 300m.

The strong winds will cause drifting of lying snow, and blizzard conditions at times on higher ground.

IN PICS: BRRRRRAVE BRITS VENTURE TO THE BEACH

Despite the cold temperatures and nippy winds, people have ventured to the beach in Bouremouth.

It'll be remaining dry this evening in the area and overnight with clear skies, feeling cold.

Frost forming for many overnight, in addition to some fog patches developing in the early hours, primarily in rural areas.

Light winds. Minimum temperature -2C.

Two people braved the water today in Bournemouth - despite chilly temperatures

Two people braved the water today in Bournemouth - despite chilly temperaturesCredit: w8media

People met pals for a drink on the sand

People met pals for a drink on the sandCredit: w8media

MET OFFICE: NO REGIONS OF THE UK ‘IMMUNE’ FROM SNOW ON MONDAY

Met Office forecaster Craig Snell has said that no region in the UK is “immune” from snow this Monday.

He said: “Nowhere is going to be immune from potentially seeing some snow showers on Monday, even down towards the south west of England.

“But as it comes further south, it will fall from the sky but it probably won’t settle because the ground will be warm enough that as soon as it lands it will just melt.

“But anyone in the UK may see some flakes falling if they’re looking out of the window.”

YELLOW WEATHER WARNING: AFFECTED REGIONS

A yellow weather warning for snow has been issued by the Met Office, in force from Sunday evening.

The affected regions are:

Central, Tayside & Fife Grampian Highlands & Eilean Siar Strathclyde

The Met Office has warned, however, no part of the country would be “immune” from snowfall.

ODDS-ON FOR EASTER SNOWFALL

Snow will fall across the Easter weekend, according to the latest odds from Ladbrokes. 

As the thermometer starts to drop over the next couple of days, it’s now odds-on that snowflakes are seen falling in any part of the country before the end of Easter Monday (1/4).

The price on offer that Easter 2021 notches up a new record as the coldest ever is 2/1.

Jessica O’Reilly of Ladbrokes said: “All bets are off when it comes to Easter snowfall this year. It looks like parts of the country will spend the weekend shivering indoors instead of sizzling in the sunshine.”

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