Snow forecast for United Kingdom on Easter Monday as temperatures plummet

Elias Hubbard
April 5, 2021

People flocked to Stratford-upon-Avon to enjoy the sunshine at the weekend.

It comes after the Met Office said highs of 17.9C (64.2F) were recorded in Pershore, Worcestershire, on Easter Sunday.

But this is expected to drop to 7C (44.6F) or 8C (46.4F) by Monday.

Met Office forecaster Sarah Kent said: "Today is a lovely day for an Easter egg hunt in the back garden, whereas tomorrow if you were doing one you'd probably want to wear three jumpers".

Mr Partridge explained a change of wind direction would bring a change in the atmosphere, leading to chilly weather.

"It's Arctic maritime air, which does mean it's coming from the Arctic".

But a dinner indoors looks more likely in Fife, Strathclyde and the Highlands, which are due to see gale-force winds and snow showers as the country enters an "Arctic trough".

Groups of people out in Stratford-upon Avon in Warwickshire
Groups of people out in Stratford-upon Avon in Warwickshire

Craig Snell, forecaster for the Met Office, said: "After a taste of summer for a lot of the United Kingdom, we will see things turn much colder as we go through the second half of the Easter weekend".

Sub-zero temperatures are expected in parts of northern England, with some parts of Scotland in line for lows of -7C.

"A lot of the United Kingdom will be prone to seeing some wintry showers as we go through the course of Monday but northern Scotland is where we'll see the heaviest and most frequent snow".

The Met Office has said that while snow showers will largely be seen in the North and North West, they could occur almost anywhere in the United Kingdom early in the week.

Yellow weather warnings were in place from 4pm on Sunday until 10am on Tuesday for Scotland, with winds of up to 70mph forecast. It will turn drier from Tuesday away from coasts, which will see further wintry showers, but remaining cold with a risk of widespread overnight frost.

Average temperatures for this time of year are around 10 to 12C but parts of the United Kingdom saw the mercury reach almost 24C (75.2F) on Wednesday.

Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said the south of England can expect to see temperatures of 16C (60.8F) or 17C (62.6F) on Easter Sunday, with a high of 18C possible.

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