With temperatures dipping to a low of -10C overnight in some parts of the UK this weekend, weather forecasters are warning this could be the coldest Easter on record.
Despite the fact the clocks go forward an hour at 1.00am on Sunday marking British Summer Time (BST), experts say that summer weather is not yet on the horizon.
According to the Mirror, the Met Office is forecasting dry but very cold Bank Holiday weekend daytime temps between 3C and 7C, and lows of -10C at night.
This means that some parts of the UK will be colder than Greenland, which will see highs of 4C during the day and 1C at night.
And, if night-time temperatures do plunge as low as -10C it would beat the -9.8C Easter temperature record, set at Lagganlia, Inverness-shire, on Easter Monday, 31 March, 1986.
The coldest temperatures are expected in the East, accompanied by snow flurries and ice.
Met Office forecaster Dave Britton told the Mirror: "March has been extremely cold and snowy and is set to be the coldest since 1962.
"Easter will be chilly with some good sunny spells but bitterly cold easterly winds at first, then easing.
"Nights could see -10C locally in northern England and Scotland. There's little change next week."
The Easter weekend forecast and beyond was no brighter from The Weather Channel. Meterologist Leon Brown told Aol Travel: "Mainly dry weather this week and the start of the Easter weekend for western Britain. Some lighter snow showers at times in the East, but no major snow accumulations
"However the biting easterly winds will stay with us and keep temperatures 8 to 10C below normal and continue to drift lying snow over the higher parts of northern England and Scotland. The winds may ease down by the weekend as pressure builds but we can expect some very cold nights and severe frosts
"Overnight temperatures by the end of the week and over the Easter Weekend will be widely below -5C in rural areas, and in frost hollows -8 to below -10C is still possible
"We may see the risk of more sleet and snow moving northwards on Easter Monday."
He added that next week is looking no better: "It looks more likely that next week too will stay rather cold with winds from the NE and overnight frosts with the first half of April likely to be below normal. However, the weather will stay quite dry.
"Everything is suggesting that the colder weather will last well beyond Easter and through to the middle of April."
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