We're set to have a blustery bank holiday weekend


Brits hoping to make the most of the bank holiday weekend will have to endure blustery weather - but might just escape the snow.

Sunday brings the start of May but temperatures on Friday will stay in the single figures for most of the country and could dip below freezing in some parts overnight, driven down by cold air coming from the Arctic.

A man takes pictures of the snow at the Hartside Cafe on the Cumbria border
This Cumbrian snow is so Instagramable (Owen Humphreys/PA)

a car drives in snow
Driving home for ... wait, what? (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Up to six inches (15cm) of snow is predicted to fall over higher ground in the North West and southern and eastern Scotland on Friday, with less at lower altitudes, prompting weather warnings from the Met Office which also extend to Yorkshire and parts of the East Midlands.

A weather front blowing from the North West to the South East of the UK on Sunday night will bring rain and gale-force winds, making it feel colder, but it is not expected to turn into snow.

lambs in a snowy field
Not what you might picture when you think of lambs in spring (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Sheep and lambs in a snow blizzard near Alston in Cumbria.
This could literally be a Christmas card (Owen Humphreys/PA)

But, believe it or not, this late April weather is not actually as unusual as you might think. In 1981, almost 1ft of snow covered Buxton in Derbyshire and Sheffield - compared with a now measly 2in (6cm) at Carlton-in-Cleveland in North Yorkshire on Tuesday this year.

Forecasters believe Bank Holiday Monday will be blighted by rain rather than snow - but warned predictions could change.