Enjoy it while it lasts! Britain’s ‘early summer’ will last into next week with highs of 18C… before cold snap sweeps in threatening rain and even SNOW in parts

  • Wall-to-wall sunshine and bright blue skies this week have led to the warmest temperatures of the year so far 
  • Fine, settled weather that has brought 21C (70F) highs is set to continue through into weekend and Monday
  • But change is coming as the airflow shifts and is set to bring a more wintry feel to most areas by Tuesday
  • Sharp overnight frosts could see temperatures fall as low as -3C (27F) and even the possibility of snow

Enjoy the glorious spring-like weather in Britain while it lasts for the next few days – because a cold snap is on the way midway through next week, bringing sharp frosts and even the possibility of snow.

Wall-to-wall sunshine and bright blue skies this week have led to the warmest temperatures of the year so far with highs of nearly 21C (70F) – and the fine, settled weather is set to continue through into the weekend and Monday.

But change is coming following the early taste of summer as the airflow shifts from southeasterly to north and north-easterly – which is set to bring a more wintry feel to most of the country by Tuesday next week.

Britain has enjoyed a warm start to spring so far – with UK highs of 19.7C (67.5F) in Usk yesterday, 20.8C (69.4F) in London on Wednesday, 20.7C (69.3F) in Porthmadog on Tuesday and 17.7C (63.9F) in Cornwall on Monday.

However, by the middle of next week, daytime maximum temperatures of just 12C (54F) to 13C (55F) are forecast in southern areas of England and Wales, and 7C (45F) to 10C (50F) in the North. Sharp overnight frosts could see temperatures fall as low as -3C (27F) even in southern areas. 

Swimmers make their way into the sea off of Southsea beach in Hampshire this morning as the warm start to spring continues


Meanwhile, wintry showers are forecast in Scotland which could extend into northeast England. Patchy low cloud could also be drawn in off the North Sea, affecting coastal areas.

Met Office meteorologist Becky Mitchell said: ‘Temperatures are due to fall to around the average for the time of year but it will be noticeably colder than at present.

‘This week feels warm so people might be tempted to do things like gardening. They need to be aware of potential sharp frosts which could affect their plants.’

She added: ‘Showers on Tuesday and Wednesday could turn to hill snow in Scotland and some of those wintry showers could spread into North East England.’

Miss Mitchell said most parts of England and Wales are still due to stay fine and dry, however. The change in temperatures is due to the current area of high pressure moving south, meaning the air is changing direction.

The sun rises through the sea mist this morning at Coquet Island which is off Amble on the Northumberland coast

A person walks along the beach as the sun rises above South Parade Pier at Southsea in Hampshire this morning

In its long-range forecast from next Tuesday until April 7, the Met Office said: ‘A trend to showery and colder conditions is expected to take place from the north next week.

‘Tuesday probably cloudier than of late with a chance of showers, these potentially wintry in the far northeast. A good deal of dry weather persisting in the south and west.

‘From midweek a colder spell is likely to spread south from the north. Showers possible in all areas, with these most frequent in the north and east. Wintry showers remain possible, particularly in the north.

‘Later next week and beyond, unsettled conditions are likely with more frequent showers or longer spells of rain for many areas. After a spell of below average temperatures next week, temperatures are likely to return to near average later in the period.’

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