Britain braced for more snow as ‘winter has final trick up its sleeve’

UK weather: Met Office forecasts dry and bright conditions

Britons getting ready to enjoy the summer following the latest sunshine and warmth may receive an unwelcome surprise in the last week of April. The mercury has recently rallied towards 20C, with 18.5C recorded by Met Office forecasters over the weekend marking the hottest temperatures of 2023 so far. But, this small taste of spring is going to be shortlived. This is because forecasters have spotted incoming low pressure they believe will plunge the UK into a last-minute wintry freeze with just over a month left until summer.

Meteorologists believe that low pressure from Scandinavia will deliver a sharp drop in the mercury from this coming weekend.

Brian Gaze, director and forecaster at the Weather Outlook, said the high pressure would develop over Greenland and move south.

From there, it will descend towards the UK, creating snow over high ground and frost elsewhere. Mr Gaze told “Computer models are suggesting that winter may have one final trick up its sleeve for the UK.

“This weekend high pressure is expected to build over Greenland and that opens the gates for a plunge of very cold Arctic air to sweep southwards towards the UK.

“The cold conditions are most likely to impact the north and that is where the risk of snow is the greatest, but it’s not out of the question that it could extend to southern Britain for a time, particularly over high ground.

“At this time of the year, temperatures rise quickly in the strong afternoon sunshine, but under overcast skies, it can still be very cold.

“Frost may become quite widespread early next week so farmers and growers should keep an eye on the weather forecasts as the time approaches to see how things develop.”

Jim Dale, senior meteorologist at British Weather Services, concurred, saying the Scandinavian front would “drag in the cold”.

He told “It is starting to turn colder again and the reason for that is we have fronts coming from Scandinavia and it drags in the cold air.

“It’s two steps forward and one step back, we’re not really getting the weather we should be getting as we normally get a bit of a heatwave but it hasn’t really moved in. 

“But when you look at April it is a mixed month on average and we do see showery activity.”

Weather maps from WXCharts show that the country will grow colder this weekend, with temperatures diving towards 0C overnight and in the early morning on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23.

The coldest conditions won’t come until the following week when charts show northern England and Scotland plummeting to -5C and below at night.

The cold front will remain for another week, from Monday, April 24 to Saturday, April 29.

After then, the maps show temperatures climbing above 0C, remaining in the 0C to 15C range until the end of the month.

But the forecast may not follow this exact track, as forecasting models become less accurate the further ahead they look. The Met Office states confidence in the forecast from the end of April to May 1 is “low”.

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While there is little confidence, the agency did specify a “general” trend for those two weeks. The forecasters said there is a “greater chance of a settled weather regime” as May begins.

The settled trend could prompt a higher likelihood of “clearer and drier conditions”, with temperatures “probably returning closer to average for the time of year”.

The Met Office clarified that periods of “more changeable and unsettled weather” remain possible.

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