After days of beautiful spring weather across Britain, poor weather is set to return and some parts of the UK will see snow after the weekend, with temperatures halving and dropping to as low as -11C in Braemar, Cairngorms.
Forecasters have predicted rain will affect most areas of the north throughout the weekend and temperatures in London will drop to 13C. It will be generally cloudy everywhere with some drizzle and sunshine breaking through.
Snow is forecast for the Easter holidays and is predicted to fall in the Scottish Highlands by Tuesday. The wintery weather will spread to the south and temperatures will plummet to 45F by Wednesday, dropping from a high of 73F this week.
With freezing overnight temperatures we could see icy roads, however the snow is unlikely to settle due to the roads still being warm from the recent high temperatures.
Weather experts say the changeable weather is due to a shift in wind patterns and bitter Arctic winds from the North Pole will replace the warm continental air, reports the Daily Express.
'We are looking at a major drop in temperatures, with a blast of cold air coming from the North. A change in the high pressure will mean instead of air coming from the South, it will start to come in from Scandinavia,' senior forecaster at British Weather Services Adrian Crocker told the newspaper.
Dan Williams from the Met Office told the Metro: 'This will feel like a shock for some people after the taste of summer in recent days.'
Williams said that there was nothing odd about the wintery weather arriving and that it is statistically more likely to snow at Easter in Britain than at Christmas.
'It's actually a return to normal weather for the time of year after the recent warm spell,' he said.
This week saw most of the UK sweltered in temperatures above 20C. On Thursday the warm weather reached a high of 23C in Southampton, matching a previous March 28 record set in 1965.
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