Forecasters have warned of an Arctic blast set to batter Britain this weekend, slashing any hopes of outdoor activities. However, as soon as next week many areas could be basking in glorious sunshine, as the UK returns to the springtime average, marking a “big contrast” in conditions.
On Tuesday, temperatures are set to be below freezing all across the UK, weather maps have revealed, as a “plunge of cold Arctic air” grips the nation.
Forecasters have warned that many areas run the risk of frost, making morning commutes tricky.
Snow may even fall in some northern parts of Scotland where the cold air settles, Brian Glaze, the director and forecaster for the Weather Outlook said.
However, the forecaster added that despite the freezing conditions in the start of the week, before May arrives, temperatures are set to soar to the high teens.
He added: “The weather may serve up some big contrasts next week because later on there are signs of much warmer air pushing up from the south-west.
“After the wintry start, it is not out of the question that temperatures in the south could surge to 19C before April ends.”
Weather maps reveal that the majority of the south east will bask in 16C to 17C on Sunday, giving many an opportunity to enjoy the day outdoors.
However, up north the weather will not be so pleasant as parts of Scotland could be as cold as 2C the same day.
Most parts of Wales will linger around 15C, meanwhile the Midlands will vary between 13C and 16C.
Today is set to be plagued with “heavy wintry showers” across the UK as chilly temperatures make a return.
The Met Office said: “Rain or showers, some heavy, for parts of Wales and southern areas of England.
“Much brighter across remaining areas but scattered wintry showers continue.
“Cold away from the far south.”