Met Office warns of snowfall of up to 15cm in some areas over Easter

The cold snap is expected to last over the weekend and raise many people’s hopes for an outdoor Easter meal.

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 obey the rules and only meet friends and family outdoors after the restrictions have gradually eased.

Fife, Strathclyde and the highlands will see storm winds and snow showers as the land steps into 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, Met Office forecaster, 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 is where we see the heaviest and most frequent snow.

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

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 hit nearly 24 ° C on Wednesday.

Temperatures on Saturday are expected to be around 12 ° C in the south-east and London, 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 law on police, crime, conviction and justice. 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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