Snow alerts issued for UK - but could it be hot for Easter?

Snow alerts issued for UK - but could it be hot for Easter?

Weather forecasters are warning Brits to be careful on their commute on Monday - after issuing alerts for snow and ice across a large part of the UK.

The Met Office has issued a yellow 'be aware' warning for snow and ice for Sunday night and Monday for some areas of the UK, including most of Scotland and Wales, as well as north west England, north east England, Yorkshire and Humber, the West Midlands and the East Midlands.

The Met Office warning reads: "Showers, heavy at times, will turn increasingly wintry overnight on Sunday into Monday morning. Snow will fall to lower levels in places in Scotland and Northern Ireland, with localised accumulations of 2cm to 6 cm, while snow cover will be more widespread over hills here, with around 10cm possible above around 400m, especially in the west.

"Northern areas of England and Wales will see snow chiefly over higher ground, with more than 5cm in places but with slight accumulations possible at low levels too. Ice will be an additional hazard across much of northern Britain.

"The public are advised to be aware of tricky travel conditions generally, and possible disruption to transport."

The Met Office chief forecaster said: "A cold westerly flow, originally sourced from Canada, brings a mix of sleet, snow and hail showers later on Sunday and overnight. Once we lose the effects of daytime sunshine, snow will start to accumulate more widely, and along with ice may present some problems, in particular for road travel on Monday morning. This seems most likely for parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and cross Pennine routes.

"Problems should reduce steadily further into Monday morning, as the March sunshine gets to work on melting the snow, although taking until mid to late morning across upland parts of Scotland."

However, according to the Mirror, a reasonably cold March could give way to a hot April, with temperatures possible hitting the 20s for Easter.

Jim Dale, forecaster for British Weather Services, told the paper: "A hotter than normal late spring and summer is more probable than not and it is possible it might happen in April.

"We will definitely see those occasions when we are hotter than Spain with 27C entirely possible by May."

Well, it could be a little early to tell yet, but we won't complain if that particular forecast proves to be correct.

In the meantime, check out these amazing hotspots if you're looking for some sun.

Places where it never gets cold
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Snow alerts issued for UK - but could it be hot for Easter?
Beautiful Hawaii boasts world-class surfing, spectacular waterfalls and active volcanoes, as well as a hot climate. Temperatures at sea level generally range from highs of 29 to 32C during the summer months to 26 to 28C during the winter months. Rarely does the temperature rise above 32C or drop below 18C. To see snow in winter, you will have to head for the islands' highest mountains.
You won’t get snow in Puerto Rico. Only palm trees, white sand, sunshine and year-round temperatures of 24 to 31C. The tropical climate can get humid in the summer months and Puerto Rico experiences the Atlantic hurricane season (June to November) with a hurricane passing the vicinity of the island on average every 11 years. Only one Category 5 hurricane has struck the island since 1851, the Lake Okeechobee Hurricane of September 1928.

Like the rest of the Caribbean, the tiny island of Saint Lucia boasts a warm, tropical climate all year round. Trade winds stop things becoming too hot with temperatures ranging from 21 to 32C. The wet season is generally at the same time as the Atlantic hurricane season (June to November). The most humid weather can be found in the rainforest in the centre of the island, while a hike to the Pitons will help you cool off. 

Sitting on the eastern coast of Central America, Belize enjoys a comfortable tropical climate with an average yearly temperature of 29C with only about 4C between the coolest (January) and warmest (May) part of the year. The coastal breezes help ease high humidity levels. With consistent temperatures all year round, Belize only has two seasons, the wet (from June to December) and the dry (February to May).

Separating the Caribbean Sea from the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula enjoys warm weather all year round at a steady 27C and seasonal fluctuations of just 4 to 6C either side. It does lie within the Atlantic Hurricane Belt and with almost uniformly flat terrain is vulnerable to large storms coming from the east.

Lying just to the south of the Equator, this archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean stays warm and humid throughout the year with temperatures rarely dropping beneath 24C or rising above 32C. The seasons are controlled by trade winds and the Seychelles does not experience extreme weather conditions.

Durban, the largest city in KwaZulu Natal, boasts an average of 320 days of sunshine a year. Temperatures range from 16 to 25C in winter and from 23 to 33C in summer, with January the hottest and most humid month. The warm Mozambique current flowing along the coast means the water temperature rarely falls below 17C even in winter. The city is occasionally affected by tropical storms during the cyclone season (November to April).

These picturesque islands in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef enjoy a subtropical climate with an average annual temperature of 27C and lots of sunshine. Summer in January sees an average temperature of over 30C in Australia's Whitsunday Islands, with the water temperature not far off.

You’ll never see snow on the tropical island nation of Fiji in the South Pacific. Maximum temperatures rarely move out of the 26 to 31C range all year round. Southeast trade winds from March to November bring dry weather and the rainy season runs from December to April, which overlaps with the tropical cyclone season.

The temperature hardly ever changes in the Maldives, averaging a warm and humid 30C throughout the year. That’s thanks to their equatorial location, which also keeps them out of the firing line of cyclones. The tropical equatorial climate has two seasons, with the highest temperatures occurring during the dry season (November to March).


Nine overwater bungalows to escape your winter blues
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French Polynesia’s Bora Bora is undoubtedly the most pictured of the overwater bungalow resorts. While Four Seasons is the most luxurious (and most expensive) resort, it was InterContinental  that pinoeered the idea of suspending their villas on stilts between the ocean and the lagoon. As a result, InterContiental have secured the best locations in the archipelago. Le Moana is no exception, found between two beaches in the shade of a coconut plantation. The resort has strived to stay true to its Polynesian roots, selling hats, baskets and mats created from coconut palm leaves, Monoi oil renowned for its medical properties and loose pearls and jewellery from the most presitigious producer in French Polynesia.

Prices start from £444

For a different overwater experience, Float House River Kwai offers bungalows which appear to float on the famous Khwae Noi in Thailand’s Kanchanaburi province. The 18 villas are constructed from bamboo and teakwood for a traditional Thai experience. A variety of activities are offered, from elephant riding to canoeing down the river, visiting an indigenous Mon village or exploring a nearby Mon temple. After a long day of sightseeing, guests can relax in the comfort of their private room or balcony, or indulge in a traditional Thai massage.

Prices start from £118 (inc. breakfast)

Not the cheapest option, but you can’t put a price on luxury – which the Maldives offers in copious amounts. The five-star Conrad Rangali is accessed by boat only and is spread across two private islands, offering a range of 150 different guest rooms, from beach bungalows to overwater villas. The resort’s winning feature, however, is the world’s first all-glass underwater restaurant. The Ithaa Undersea Restaurant serves fine European cuisine and allows diners to eat five metres below sea level, surrounded by 180 degree panoramic views of unique coral reefs and marine life.

Prices start from £1,154

Another expensive but unique option, the Likuliku Lagoon Resort is found in the picturesque Mamanuca Archipelago, near Nadi in Fiji. Like the resort itself, the bungalows were designed using traditional Fijan architecture and built using materials unique to the region. The area is best-known for Modriki Island, where Castaway was filmed – guests can even travel there from Likuliku via jetski. If the stunning landscape is not enough, a range of acitivities are available – from Fijan body treatments at the Spa to windsurfing over the Pacific ocean.

Prices start from £571 (inc. breakfast)

Bocas del Toro is a popular backpacker destination on the Caribbean Sea, renowned for its colourful nightlife, national parks and abundance of beaches. The majority of the province is based on the water, with boats ferrying tourists to and from restaurants, bars and nightclubs all perched on stilts over the sea. Visitors searching for a little luxury should check into Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge, featuring nine overwater huts with thatched palm roofing. Guests can immerse themselves in the local culture, with trips to indigenous villages, hikes through the rainforest and fishing trips with locals available daily.

Prices start from £321 (inc. breakfast)

Langkawi, an archipelago of 99 islands, has the official title “Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah” – hardly surprising when the tropical jungle, pristine beaches and clear Andaman Sea are considered. The Barjaya Langkawi Resort encompasses all of these “jewels”, spread across 28 hectares of tropical rainforest, with 50 rooms, suites and chalets found suspended above the water or inside the rainforest. Guests can enjoy tennis, fishing, scuba diving and windsurfing during the day, while at night there are nine bars and restaurants to choose from.

Prices start from £122

The price tag suggest just how special this resort is – Cambodia’s first all-inclusive private island resort, claiming to provide anything the heart might desire. Spread across two pristine islands known collectively as Song Saa (‘The Sweethearts’), the resort markets itself as a seductive and luxurious retreat, with a large infinity edge swimming pool, yoga and meditation centre on the shoreline and an exclusive island boutique. Song Saa should also be commended for its dedication to the environment, even building a marine reserve in order to safeguard the reef and allow guests to observe turtles, seahorses and tropical fish.

Prices start from £1,273 (all inclusive)

Tucked away in Poste de Lacq is Constance Le Prince Maurice, a secluded resort consisting of 64 suites, 12 family suites, 12 luxury overwater villas and the exclusive Princely Suite. Constance prides itself for its luxury and intimacy, with private terraces, infinity pools, an outdoor Spa and alfresco dining. Designed by architectural mastermind Jean Marc Eynaud, the resort is in harmony with its surroundings – including the suites and villas on stilts. Intended to impart tranquality and intimacy, guests can sunbathe or stargaze from their furnished balconies.

Prices start from £459 (inc. breakfast)

Another private island resort, Vinpearl Luxury Nha Trang lies on Hon Tre Island and is accessible by a seven minute luxury yacht transfer. Guests are greeted by 84 villas on the shoreline, complete with terraces overlooking the white sand beaches and distant mountains. The resort is famed, however, for housing the only overwater spa in the world. The Vincharm Spa features private massage huts suspended above the ocean, allowing guests to enjoy 360 degree views while experiencing complete relaxation of the body, mind and soul.
Prices start from £365 (inc. breakfast)


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