Met Office warns of heavy snowfall over Easter weekend

The cold snap will continue over the weekend and will raise many people’s hopes for an Easter meal outdoors.

Heavy snow warnings have been issued in parts of northern Scotland, but forecasters have said nowhere in the country will “snow” be “immune” to snowfall until Monday as temperatures continue to drop.

Despite the cool weather, the public has been urged to respect the rules and only meet friends and family outdoors after the restrictions have gradually eased.

More than half of UK households – 51% – had planned to swap a traditional Easter roast for a barbecue or picnic this year, according to a survey by Sainsbury’s.

It is likely that plans will have to change in Fife, Strathclyde and the Highlands as storm winds and snow showers occur as the country enters an “arctic trough”.

On Easter Monday morning there could be up to six inches of snow in higher areas.

The Met Office’s yellow warnings apply from 6 p.m. on Sunday to midnight on Monday.

Craig Snell, forecaster for the Met Office, said: “After a touch of summer in much of the UK, things are getting a lot colder in the second half of the Easter weekend.

“Much of the UK will be prone to winter showers later on Monday, but northern Scotland will see the heaviest and most frequent snow.”

“The main concern here is that we might see interference.”

Mr Snell said that while it was not uncommon to see snow at this time of year, it would be a “system shock” for many after the mild temperatures felt earlier in the week.

In parts of the UK, mercury reached nearly 24 ° C on Wednesday.

On Saturday, temperatures in the south-east and London are expected to be around 12 ° C, and further north – in Manchester and Leeds – they could see highs of 13 ° C and 10 ° C, respectively.

By Monday, London can drop to 8 ° C (46.4 ° F), Manchester to 7 ° C (44.6 ° F) and Leeds to 5 ° C (41 ° F).

“Nowhere will it be possible to see snow showers on Monday, even in the south-west of England,” said Snell.

But he said the snow was unlikely to settle.

Despite the disappointing weather, the British still made the most of the Good Friday vacation – they flocked to parks and beaches.

City police warned of the long weekend and urged people not to gather in large groups ahead of a series of planned protests.

A Kill the Bill rally was held in Finsbury Park on Friday afternoon against the government’s proposed police, crime, conviction and justice bill. Similar events took place elsewhere.

The Met expects more protests in the capital over the weekend, which are now lawful, provided organizers file a risk assessment and take steps to keep the gathering safe.

The force said: “If necessary, enforcement actions will be taken in the interests of public health.”


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