Met Office warns mercury set to plummet as April freeze set to hit in hours
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A cold start to April will see parts of the UK frozen within hours according to the latest weather maps.
After Storm Mathis brought high winds and heavy downpours to southern parts of the country on Thursday night, the weekend is set to start with sub-zero temperatures.
A Met Office weather warning for wind remains in place until midday, with gusts of up to 70mph battering Britain.
READ MORE: Met Office fears Storm Mathis will rip through Britain as 70mph winds set to cause havoc
A leading UK weather forecaster has predicted a cold start to the month.
WXCHARTS' latest UK weather maps support that, with the country beginning to turn icy blue on Saturday afternoon (April 1), before being totally engulfed by the colour linked to freezing weather by the early hours of Sunday.
This Express reports that this remains in place until later in the evening, before warmer air begins to sweep in across the UK heading into the first full week in April.
The weather maps also show temperatures could plunge to around freezing in parts of northern England on Sunday morning (April 2) and may spread to southern England and Wales first thing on Monday.
Brian Gaze from The Weather Outlook revealed: "As we head into the weekend, showers become more scattered as the low pressure moves away into the continent.
"However, colder air from the north-east will be feeding in, so April will start disappointingly chilly, particularly in the north and east of Britain."
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Netweather Senior Forecaster Jo Farrow said cooler winds will blow into the coast of the north-east in the UK, while also alluding to the "ongoing strong westerly flow through the English Channel".
She added that the "trailing frontal band" of heavy rain will linger heading into Saturday, but that a "cooler northerly flow will take hold".
Ms Farrow said in her latest weather forecast: "As the centre of maturing Mathis moves across to East Anglia this afternoon, there will be cooler north-easterly winds coming onto the coast of NE Britain and the ongoing strong westerly flow through the English Channel.
"This will be south-westerly this morning and be felt more as it reaches Hampshire, Sussex and Kent before veering to a westerly later. The strongest winds will fade from the eastern Channel during Friday night.
"The rain warning continues through Friday, easing this evening. It covers Cornwall, Devon and north Somerset but Cornwall will see the rain edging away eastwards this afternoon and brighten up.”
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