Thundersnow set to blast Britain on Easter Monday as temperatures plunge to -5C after mini-heatwave
THUNDERSNOW will blast Britain on Easter Monday as temperatures fall to -5C.
No part of the country is expected to be immune from the artic plunge.
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The freezing cold comes after a mini heatwave which had heights of 24.2C last Tuesday in St James' Park, London – the highest recorded in March since1968.
Thundersnow is a rare phenomenon which mainly has snow instead of rain.
Sky News weather producer Joanna Robinson added: "Thundersnow is possible – a thunderstorm that occurs with wintry precipitation. It’s quite rare.
"The lightning can appear brighter because of the light reflecting off the snowflakes, whereas the sound can be dampened down."
Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin told the Metro the weekend will be dry and bright but predicted a big change this weekend.
He said: “Across the North, that will happen on Sunday but by Monday all parts of the UK will be significantly colder as Arctic air arrives bringing hail and snow showers, and a significant wind chill.
“There will be much colder air flooding southwards, through especially Sunday night, and by Monday we’re all in that colder air.
“Temperatures will be six or seven degrees – average values for January – add on the strength of the wind and it will feel much closer to freezing, feeling sub-zero for many.
“Added onto that there will be lots of wintry showers as well – snow and hail showers almost anywhere – and down to low levels as well.
“It probably won’t stick around for very long but it could stick around on some hills, particularly as we get to Monday night and into Tuesday.”
Despite the dropping temperatures, Brits still went out with some dipping into the sea at Bournemouth.
But up to 6in of snow is expected to fall over the weekend with northern Scotland the worst hit.
The Met Office has issued a severe yellow weather warning for snow on Sunday and Monday
The weather warning will affect parts of Grampian, the Highlands, Strathclyde, Tayside and Fife, and Central Scotland.
On Monday, mercury will plunge to lows of -5C in Aberdeen, Scotland, -2C in Leeds, and a nippy 0C in Norwich.
Grahame Madge, a spokesperson for the Met Office told the Sun Online: "The real cold is coming in late on Sunday and into Monday, and by Monday most places in UK will be subject to this Arctic plunge.
"It will be bringing wintery showers to northern England and Scotland, but we could also see wintery showers anywhere sporadically, and what we will see is likely to be hail, sleet, or snow.
"What we're experiencing is a two-stage process. High temperatures we saw on Tuesday and Wednesday are being clipped.
"Now we're seeing average temperatures for this time of year, but there will be a massive step down on Sunday night and Monday."
But the sleet and snow showers won’t necessarily last long, before easing off again – but Brits will still be waking up to frost on their lawns in the mornings next week.
Easter Sunday is set to be bright and dry for many – and will be the best day for Rule of Six meet-ups in the garden, with temperatures topping 15C in southern areas.
Despite this week playing host to the hottest day of the year so far, the bookies made it just a 2/1 shot for snow to fall anywhere in the UK before the weekend is out.
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