That’s no way to start British summer time! Hail, snow and gales of up to 60mph are set to batter Britain as sunny 68F weather comes to an end
- This morning was a chilly start to British summer time and frost is expected to form in England and Scotland
- Snow as well as gusts of up to 60mph are expected in the coming days as recent sunny spell is set to end
- Yesterday’s highs of 68F (20C) have been followed by lows of just 15C (59F) today as showers dog the north
British summer time got off to a chillier start than the name might suggest and it looks set to get worse in coming days with gales of up to 60mph, heavy hail and even snow.
Following highs of 68F (20C) yesterday, Mothering Sunday had lows of 48F (9C) and the Met Office says that it’s set to worsen in the coming days – and snow is even on the cards for some parts of the country.
Although northern areas had some bright spells this morning, frost is expected in north England and across Scotland, with temperatures expected to drop as clouds and wind increases.
As the UK braces itself for a week of sleet, hail and snow, families were spotted walking their dogs along the sea front in Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset, where clouds are hanging heavy today despite a sunny start in the south-east of England this morning
Pictured: Dog-walkers stroll along the sand at Weston-super-Mare’s beach as the weather takes a cooler turn despite a recent spell of sunny weather. Temperatures plunged this morning following yesterday’s humidity as cold air from the North Sea spreads into Britain
Some people were still determined to enjoy the outdoors in North Somerset, as these people were spotted on the beach in Weston-super-Mare enjoying a picnic on camping chairs. A decline in temperatures is a sign of things to come as frost looks set to hit the northern regions of England and Scotland
This pair turned out for fish and chips on the seafront in Weston-super-Mare despite the plunging temperatures as Britain braces itself to be battered by stormy weather in the days to come. Thunder is expected over the next few days as sleet and rain drench the nation
Pictured, left: The Met Office reveals worsening temperatures across Britain as things look set to get even worse in the coming days. Right: A heat map shows cooling after yesterday’s sunny spell
The south-west has already suffered showers, with some relief provided by sunshine this afternoon. With highs of 59F (15C), Exeter is bucking the cold trend.
Norwich, Perth and their surrounding towns are being hit the hardest by the snap, which is coming in from the North Sea.
This three-day forecast shows how this morning’s cold start to British summer time looks set to get even worse as we head into the midweek
Gale-force gusts are due to reach 40mph in the south today, in a sign of things to come later in the week. Thunder is also expected. Tonight will see the first of the frost before the working week gets off to a windy start.
The worst-hit regions will the north and north-west but there will also be lighter gusts elsewhere. While southern portions of Britain will be largely dry with a few sunny spells, outbreaks of rain will dog the north.
Snow, sleet and heavy hail will hit the north on Tuesday and Wednesday, with sunny spells occasionally breaking through.
And northern regions will also have to contend with winds of up to 60mph in the midweek, as the severity of gales looks set to increase.
Yesterday as people enjoyed the last of the sunshine in parks and on beaches across the UK, the RAC warned of wild conditions hitting the Easter getaway as schools broke up.
RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: ‘Stormy weather ahead is bad timing for the Easter rush. Motorists should check forecasts and plan journeys accordingly.’
Brits took advantage of the sunny weather yesterday, but snow and a wintry plunge is on its way (pictured people at Brighton beach)
By the middle of the week, temperatures could be cold enough for wintry showers of sleet or snow to feed in off the North Sea, the Met Office predicts (pictured a man sits with dogs in Greenwich Park, south-east London)
People played volleyball on Boscombe beach in Dorset yesterday as they enjoyed the mild weather. However, a much chillier picture is forecast for the week ahead