Spring back to winter! Britain wakes to second chilly -2C morning

Spring back to winter! Britain wakes to second chilly -2C morning with ‘nowhere immune’ from snow and sleet… but UK is set for return to 62F heat next week

  • Britons across the country woke up to another cold morning with temperatures of -2C and more snow coming
  • Temperatures were at -2C in the south of England and -5C in the north – could drop to -8C in parts of Scotland
  • It comes after a day of chaos on Monday which saw snow, fierce blizzards and temperatures below freezing 

Britons woke up to freezing temperatures of -2C this morning in another bitterly cold day as forecasters warn nowhere will be ‘immune’ to sleet and snow.

As the nation returns to work after the Easter break, the day started with temperatures of -2C in the south of England and -5C in the north. 

Isolated parts of northern and central Scotland could even see the mercury drop to -8C between 3am and 5am, the Met Office said.

It comes after a day of chaos on Monday which saw heavy snow, fierce blizzards and temperatures below freezing before bright sunlight broke out in the late afternoon.

Photos across the country yesterday showed Britons battling heavy snow fall and struggling through bitterly cold winds – a stark contrast to scenes at parks and beaches over a warm Easter weekend.

The icy weather is set to continue with bitter wind making the temperature feel barely above freezing, according to the Met Office.  

The freeze comes as people in England look forward to more lockdown easing on April 12, with the return of beer gardens, takeaway pints and al fresco dining. 

And despite the cold snap this week, temperatures are set to soar in time for the reopening with highs of around 16C (62F) expected.  


The icy weather is set to continue with bitter wind making the temperature feel barely above freezing, according to the Met Office.  As the nation returns to work after the Easter break, the day started with temperatures of -2C in the south of England and -5C in the north

Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said wintry showers will sweep across Wales, south-west England, and down the east coast during the day.

He said: ‘Through the afternoon we might even get a few homegrown showers, so really anywhere tomorrow could catch a wintry shower by the time we get to the end of the afternoon.

‘Nobody is entirely immune to the odd bit of sleet or snow. It won’t last long and it won’t settle for very long either, but nobody is going to be 100% safe from not seeing anything.’

Snow warnings are in place for northern Scotland until 10am, with as much as 2cm falling in higher areas.

A separate yellow warning for snow and ice is also in place for west Wales and Northern Ireland until 10am, with up to 4cm expected to fall.

Temperatures are forecast to hit highs of just 8C in the south of England, and around 4C (39.2F) to 5C (41F) in the north later on Tuesday.

YESTERDAY: Traffic on the A832 near Muir of Ord as snow sweeps in across the Highlands on a bitterly cold Monday morning

However, Mr Partridge said the windchill will see most of the south feel ‘a couple of degrees above freezing’, while in Scotland the temperature will feel around minus 5C.

Tuesday night is forecast to be the coldest this week, with the mercury plummeting to minus 5C in southern and central England in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

In the north of England and into Scotland, temperatures are expected to hover around minus 6C (21.2F) to minus 8C.

Wednesday will be a mostly dry day, with temperatures forecast to be around 8C (46.4F) to 10C (50F) in the south.

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