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24 April 2017

Arctic Blast Set to Hit UK this May Day Weekend

April has brought beautiful spring sunshine so far, with warm weather for us Brits to enjoy. Earlier this month, Sunday 9th April brought the hottest April weather since records began in the 1850s, with parts reaching a glorious 25.5°C, prompting the majority of us to dig out our sun cream and bask in the sunshine.

While temperatures haven’t remained at 25.5°C, conditions across the country have stayed mild and pleasant, with East Anglia staying at around 1.5°C above average throughout the month. Sadly however, the spring conditions are set for an unwelcome interruption at the end of the month, with forecasters warning of a ‘major Arctic blast’ on its way.

Meteorologists say the arctic blast is on its way from Iceland, and is set to bring frosty weather with the possibility of winter showers in some regions. Night-time temperatures could drop as low as -6°C in some areas – colder than Iceland itself.  Warnings are being sent to farmers of overnight frosts to take appropriate precautions to protect their crops.

The Met Office general UK outlook for 25th April to 4th May reveals that ‘widespread overnight frosts’ will occur at first, and some showers will be ‘heavy and wintery’ with ‘most frequent showers likely across northern parts and along windward coasts’.

The Sun reports that Exacta Weather’s James Madden comments: “Although it may feel pleasant at times this week, a major blast of winter awaits and this could even bring some wintry or hefty hail showers to much lower levels of the country at times throughout next week.

“Southern parts are likely to fare better during this period, but the northern half of the country is likely to see frequent weather systems bringing in rain and some wintry weather or snow showers across higher ground in the north within this period.”

So, if you were planning a Bank Holiday barbeque or picnic on May Day Weekend, perhaps have a back-up plan, keep your coat handy and keep an eye on the forecast. 

Laura Sewell

An aspiring journalist, Laura is our content writer intern.  Pop-punk gig-goer and drag queen enthusiast, Laura is working her way into the industry with an English A -Level and love of writing about anything and everything in tow.