Deep temperature plunge and snow showers threaten Brits with ‘White Easter’

The weather forecasts around March and April are notoriously some of the hardest to make throughout the year for the Met Office.

Changing from day to day, one minute the forecasts can be predicting beautiful sunshine and the next heavy snowfall, with the weather service saying it's not 'unusual' for big variations of temperature.

With Easter on the horizon and the relaxing of lockdown rules within touching distance, Brits will be wishing for sunny skies.

While in recent days there have been predictions of temperatures reaching 20C on the Easter weekend this is by no means certain and the Met Office is actually now advising that things could become quite cold.

The Met Office said: "At this time of year, it is not unusual for us to experience big variations in temperature and over the next few days that is certainly what we are going to see."

There are two expected cold fronts that could hit Brits over the next 10 days, with both weekends being on the chilly side.

On Friday (Match 26) a short, sharp, cold snap will move in and it could stick around into Saturday.

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Met Office Chief Meteorologist Frank Saunders said: “A cold front will bring a band of rain and blustery conditions for many and there will be a marked drop in temperatures, with some places seeing a fall of 5 or 6 C into Friday.

"There will be some wintry showers in places with some lying snow possible at times over hills further north.”

It is hoped by Sunday warmer air will move in and things should stay dry and settled at the start of next week.

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Looking at the middle and end of next week, the Met Office is leaving room for some uncertainty, unsure whether southerly or northerly winds will dominate.

The Met Office said: "This pattern looks likely to continue into the middle of next week when, once again, we expect to see a change in the weather.

"Although there are still some uncertainties in the outlook there are signs a high-pressure system could develop by the end of next week.

"Allowing cold air from the north to return across the UK bringing another dip in temperatures for Easter weekend and a risk of wintry showers in places at times."

The coldest Easter weekend on record was at -12.5C in 2013 in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

The deepest snow on record for the same weekend was back in 2010 when 36cm was measured in Inverness-shire, Scotland – which fell on Good Friday.

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