Will it snow today? Forecasters warn of ‘bitterly cold’ day in the UK

Monday, 5th April 2021, 8:15 am
Some areas around the UK have already begun to experience snow (Photo: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

The temperature across the UK today is expected to drop up to 11C lower following a sunny Easter weekend.

The Met Office states that figures could drop to as low as -7C in parts of Scotland while areas of northern England could also experience sub-zero figures.

‘Cold front moving southward’

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Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said: “There’ll be a drop of 11 degrees between one day and the next, so you will definitely notice it!”

He explained that the oncoming cold weather is due to a change of wind direction which will bring a change in the atmosphere.

Partridge said: “The air we had on Sunday came in from the south, so it’s pretty mild having come off the continent.

“Overnight we’ll see a cold front moving southward across the country, it’s already across northern Scotland, and it’ll push its way southward overnight.

“That will introduce much, much colder air across the whole country.”

Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, Dan Suri, also added: “The Met Office has been signalling a dramatic change in weather type for several days, with very cold air moving from the Arctic through Sunday night, bringing snow showers and freezing overnight temperatures and all accompanied by strong northerly wings accentuating the cold.

“Although snow showers will predominantly affect the north and north west, they could occur almost anywhere in the UK early this week, at least temporarily.”

Yellow weather warnings

The Met Office has issued a number of yellow weather warnings across Scotland for wind and snow.

These warnings, which cover the more northern parts of Scotland, including Aberdeen and Inverness, will last until Tuesday (6 April) morning at 10am.

The Met Office says that “frequent heavy snow showers will affect northern Scotland on Sunday night and Monday and may lead to some travel disruption”.

The weather forecaster says to be prepared for some roads and railways to be affected, with longer journey times by road, bus and train services.

Will it snow?

As of Easter Monday morning, parts of the UK have already begun to experience snow.

On Twitter, the hashtag #UKSnow has started trending, with users sharing videos and pictures of snow.

Several videos showed rather heavy snow occurring in Aberdeen and Braemar, while users in England, including Northumberland, Leeds and Durham, also shared videos and pictures of the snow.

Some users were baffled by the sudden change in weather between Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.

One person Tweeted: “Yesterday I had dinner in the garden wearing a t-shirt, today it’s snowing.”

Another wrote: “Have to admit, I was skeptical when I heard it was going to snow this week, but here it is…”

“Sitting in the garden with the beginnings of a tan on Saturday, below freezing right now. Merry Easter!” wrote another.

A version of this article originally appeared on our sister site National World