UK weather forecast tomorrow – Met Office REJECTS 'White Easter' claims as temperatures plunge 10C and snow looms

UK weather forecast tomorrow – Met Office REJECTS 'White Easter' claims as temperatures plunge 10C and snow looms

WEATHER charts suggest that Brits could see a white Easter this year. – but the Met Office have rejected the claims.

New charts forecast that there is a 50 percent chance of snow falling across northern Scotland and a 10-25 percent chance for the rest of the UK.

Temperatures in the coming weeks are to go as low as -4C with snow predicted to fall on March 12.

But the Met Office has dismissed widespread claims there will be a White Easter, saying it is "impossible" to forecast specific snowfall that far ahead.

"The Met Office’s own long-range guidance suggests that during the middle of March unsettled conditions look likely to continue across the UK, with spells of rain and showers but also some drier and brighter interludes at times especially in the south," they added.

"Into the latter part of March unsettled conditions perhaps becoming more confined to the north and west, with the south and east seeing more settled conditions. Temperatures are most likely to remain near to or slightly above average, with any colder intervals from the north short lived."

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  • Sarah Grealish

    TONIGHT'S FORECAST

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    SATURDAY AND SUNDAY OUTLOOK

    On Saturday, England and Wales will be largely fine after a cold start.

    There will be bright spells and areas of cloud.

    Scotland and Northern Ireland will be cloudy at times with a chance of patchy rain over western areas.

    Sunday looks like becoming mainly cloudy and breezy in the north and west of the UK with patchy rain.

    Staying drier and brighter over central and eastern England.

  • Sarah Grealish

    HIGHEST AND LOWEST TEMPERATURES

    Last month saw the warmest and coldest temperatures of winter, according to statistics revealed on Tuesday.

    The mercury dropped to a bone-chilling -23C on February 11 as the Beast from the East battered the nation.

    But just days later on February 24 the nation warmed up and was bathed in 18.4C heat and glorious sunshine. 

    Data compiled by the Met Office shows it was the hottest day of the year so far and winter’s warmest.

    Dr Mark McCarthy, head of the Met Office’s National Climate Information Centre, said it was a month of two halves.

  • Sarah Grealish

    OUTLOOK FOR SECOND HALF OF MARCH

    The Met Office’s long range forecast for the second half of March says: “Settled conditions are likely at the start of the period, though Atlantic frontal systems may make more progress across the country at times, introducing occasional wetter weather.

    “This may be associated with near normal to colder than normal conditions for a time.

    “After this however, a trend towards more unsettled conditions through the middle part of March is signalled with spells of rain / showers but with some drier interludes.

    “Rain perhaps becoming more confined to the north and west later with the south and east seeing some more prolonged settled periods.

    “Temperatures most likely to remain around or a little above average.

    “Whilst there are no signals for prolonged cold, some brief colder intervals continue to remain possible.”

  • Sarah Grealish

    TONIGHT’S WEATHER

    This evening, there will be light rain across the southwest, but by midnight the rain will have mostly eased.

    Patchy cloud with clear spells in the west.

    Chilly with a frost developing in places.

  • Sarah Grealish

    COLDER AIR SWEEPING IN ON FRIDAY

    “A cold front will bring colder air across the UK by Friday,” warns the Met Office.

    The agency tweeted: “The colder air mass will give widespread frosty nights, but also lots of pleasant sunny spells during the day.”

  • Sarah Grealish

    NORTHEAST TO SEE SUNNY SKIES

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    500 MILE-WIDE ‘SCANDINAVIAN SURGE’

    Britain could be colder than 2018’s Beast from the East in a -11C four-day spring freeze .

    A 500 mile-wide ‘Scandinavian surge’ could see temperatures colder than Iceland.

    Snow flurries are due in Scotland, with ice risks and widespread frosts including in the South.

    The Met Office has warned of lows around -10C on Friday.

    It will be the UK’s coldest spring temperature for three years.

  • Sarah Grealish

    TURNING COLD, WITH SNOW FORECAST FOR THE WEEKEND

    From today and tomorrow the weather is “complicated”, as a low pressure system sweeps in, bringing showers and thunder reports BBC Weather.

    It’ll turn again at the weekend, with the UK being hit by a “brisk northerly wind” while a “weak front will mostly bring rain, but some snow flurries are possible on hills in Scotland.

    “Temperatures over the weekend will fall well below average for a few days. There will be widespread frosts overnight,” it adds.

    And on Sunday we can expect some “late-weekend rain or hill snow to northern areas”.

  • Joseph Gamp

    COLDER AIR SWEEPING IN ON FRIDAY

    “A cold front will bring colder air across the UK by Friday,” warns the Met Office.

    The agency tweeted: “The colder air mass will give widespread frosty nights, but also lots of pleasant sunny spells during the day.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    WATCH: MET OFFICE 10 DAY FORECAST WITH AIDAN MCGIVERN

  • Joseph Gamp

    SPRING 2021 COULD BE COLDEST EVER, BOOKIES SAY

    Spring 2021 could be the coldest on record, according to Ladbrokes.

    With temperatures plummeting, the bookies have now cut odds to just 3/1 on this spring entering the record books as the coldest EVER.

    Elsewhere, it's now a 5/2 shot for this to be the coldest March on record, with snow ready to batter Britain.

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "Things don't look like getting any better on the weather front any time soon with a record-breaking cold spring potentially on the way."

  • Sarah Grealish

    WINTERS ARE CHANGING

    Dr Mark McCarthy is the head of the Met Office National Climate Information Centre. 

    He said: “Our winters are changing and as we have seen we can still receive cold snaps; it’s just that those extremes won’t be quite as cold or as frequent as they once would have been.”

  • Sarah Grealish

    CURRENT WEATHER

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    TEMPERATURES TO DIP BELOW FREEZING THIS WEEKEND

    The mercury is set to plummet this weekend as Britain is hit by another deep freeze.

    The spring-like warm weather will be short-lived as temperatures drop to -10C in some areas.

    This week has already seen Brits shiver in 4C chills amid thick fog.

    And forecasters have warned the mercury will continue to fade away for the rest of the week before plummeting on Saturday.

    Widespread frosts are set to take a firm hold with -5C nights on the cards amid the latest Arctic blast.

  • Sarah Grealish

    EXTREMES OF WINTER WEATHER SEEN IN FEBRUARY

    The highest and lowest temperatures of winter were seen in February.

    The coldest temperatures recorded were in Scotland where the mercury dropped to a bitterly cold -23C.

    The warmest temperatures were recorded at Santon Downham in Suffolk where it reached 18.4C on February 24.

    Dr Mark McCarthy is the head of the Met Office National Climate Information Centre. He said: “February 2021 has seen a wide temperature range resulting from the two predominant weather patterns we’ve seen this month, with the first half of February experiencing some bitterly cold easterlies originating from Russia, and recent days seeing the influence of air coming from the Canary Islands.

    “Minimum temperatures of below -20 were more frequent historically, but have become scarcer, while winter temperatures above 18.0 C have become a little more regular, with four of the last five winters recording such events. Historically they were extremely infrequent events.

    “Our winters are changing and as we have seen we can still receive cold snaps; it’s just that those extremes won’t be quite as cold or as frequent as they once would have been.”

  • Sarah Grealish

    WEAKEST GULF FREEZE IN 1,000 YEARS

    The Gulf Stream that helps warm the UK and northwest Europe is at its weakest in over 1,000 years.

    Researchers believe it could lead to more “extreme and intense” winters, adding the slowdown observed in the 20th century is “unprecedented” and likely connected to climate change.

    The Gulf Stream is part of a larger “conveyer belt” of ocean currents known as Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation and carries warm water from the tip of Florida towards Europe.

    Its effect ensures Britain has relatively mild winters and without it experts believe temperatures would be around 5C cooler.

  • Sarah Grealish

    TEMPERATURES TO TURN COLDER NEXT WEEK

    According to BBC Weather, temperatures will turn colder from the second week of March, following a milder period.

    Its weather forecast reads: “For the second week of March, high pressure will begin to shift away to the west.

    “This will allow the colder flows from northeast Europe to move in, bringing fresher Atlantic air from the north or northwest.

    “Temperatures will tend to dip below average, but it will still be drier than normal with high pressure close enough to keep any strong weather fronts away to the north.”

  • Sarah Grealish

    BOOKIES CUT ODDS ON MARCH BEING HOTTEST EVER

    Ladbrokes have cut odds on March going down as the hottest on record.

    Having been a 2/1 shot earlier in the week, the bookies now make it just a 6/4 shot for next month to go down as a record-breaking hot March.

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “It’s looking increasingly likely next month will go down as a record-breaking hot March as temperatures continue to creep up.

  • Sarah Grealish

    WHEN IS SPRING?

    Spring typically starts in the meteorological calendar on the day of the vernal (or spring) equinox which falls around the 20 March in the Northern Hemisphere.

    It is regarded as one of the most recognisable transitions between the seasons as the days begin to lengthen and the temperatures warm.

    This year, spring is set to begin on March 20 and end on June 21.

  • Sarah Grealish

    MIXED BAG

    Meteorologist Aidan McGivern has said Brits will see "a taste of Spring, as well as a taste of Winter, and later a taste of Autumn" in the next 10 days.

    He said: "Plenty of bright sunshine and spring like warmth but winter like chill over night with some harsh frost this weekend.

    "Into next week it might feel more like Autumn because low pressure will bring a return to wet and windy weather."

  • Sarah Grealish

    DID YOU KNOW? VIRAL WEATHER TIK TOK EXPLAINED

    A viral TikTok has taken users by storm after revealing that everyone has been reading the forecast wrong.

    When checking the weather on your smartphone, it will list a percentage of rain expected, such as 30% rain. But this doesn’t mean it will rain at a rate of 30% – it means there is a 30% of the area will experience rain at that time.

    Scientists cannot be sure if it will most definitely rain, so have to form educated guesses and offer a percentage.

  • Sarah Grealish

    TONIGHT’S WEATHER

    This evening, there will be light rain across the southwest, but by midnight the rain will have mostly eased.

    Patchy cloud with clear spells in the west.

    Chilly with a frost developing in places.

  • Sarah Grealish

    TODAY’S FORECAST

    It’s set to be a brighter and more settled day today with temperatures rising in the north.

    A mostly cloudy start is expected, with early fog over parts of England and Wales slowly clearing.

    Northern and eastern parts of the UK will then become brighter and breezy with temperatures a few degrees higher than the last few days.

    Many other areas will fairly cloudy.

  • Sarah Grealish

    TEMPERATURES TO DIP BELOW FREEZING THIS WEEKEND

    The mercury is set to plummet this weekend as Britain is hit by another deep freeze.

    The spring-like warm weather will be short-lived as temperatures drop to -10C in some areas.

    This week has already seen Brits shiver in 4C chills amid thick fog.

    And forecasters have warned the mercury will continue to fade away for the rest of the week before plummeting on Saturday.

    Widespread frosts are set to take a firm hold with -5C nights on the cards amid the latest Arctic blast.

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