UK weather: Easter Monday turns bitterly cold as Arctic front brings high winds and snow
Monday’s temperatures are expected to be up to 11C lower than during the sunshine of the Easter weekend as cold northern winds move over the country.
Parts of the UK are expected to see the mercury fall to as low as -7C (19.4F) overnight as forecasters warn the country faces a “bitterly cold” day, with people waking up to snow in parts of Scotland and northern England.
It comes after the Met Office said highs of 17.9C (64.2F) were recorded in Pershore, Worcestershire, on Easter Sunday.
The town is expected to see temperatures of 7C (44.6F) on Monday, an 11C fall.
Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said: “There’ll be a drop of 11 degrees between one day and the next, so you will definitely notice it!”
Mr Partridge explained that a change of wind direction would bring a change in the atmosphere, leading to chilly weather.
He said: “The air we had on Sunday came in from the south so it’s pretty mild having come off the continent.
“Overnight we’ll see a cold front moving southward across the country, it’s already across northern Scotland, and it’ll push its way southward overnight.
“That will introduce much, much colder air across the whole country.”
Sub-zero temperatures are expected in parts of northern England, while the mercury could drop to -7C in some areas of Scotland.
Snow warnings are in place for northern Scotland, with as much as 15cm falling in higher areas.
Other areas will see snowfall of 1 to 2cm.
The Met Office has said that while snow showers will largely be seen in the North and North West, they could occur nearly anywhere in the UK early in the week.