‘Thundersnow’ to batter Brits as temperatures take dive for ‘White Easter’

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Only days after the UK recorded its highest temperature for March in 53 years, thundersnow could now be on its way this Easter weekend.

A "big swing" in the weather could also lead to Brits being battered by gale-force winds and temperatures plunge for a 'White Easter'.

Mercury is expected to plummet into single digits by Monday, weather experts have said.

Earlier this week, Brits took to the coastlines and local parks to make the most of the heatwave as the sun warmed them up to 24.5C.

The hot sunshine continued into Wednesday with Norfolk seeing 23.9C, which fell just shy of the UK's hottest every March temperature of 25.6C, back in 1968 in Cambridgeshire.

Joanna Robinson, Sky News weather producer, said although Easter weekend would start off fine – it would turn "unusually cold" from the north on Easter Sunday.

"Arctic air will then plunge southwards to affect all areas on Easter Monday, with a significant wind-chill making it feel very cold for early April," she said.

She added: "Thundersnow is possible too – a thunderstorm that occurs with wintry precipitation. It's quite rare.

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"The lightning can appear brighter because of the light reflecting off the snowflakes, whereas the sound can be dampened down. "

Met Office's Nicola Maxey, said parts of the south would see warmer temperatures longer than those in the north, but the entire country is expected to be in single figures by early next week.

Sunny skies are forecast across large parts of the UK on Friday and Saturday, but by Good Monday, it's likely to plummet below 10C.

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The Met Office said warmer days were more unusual than colder ones for the end of March.

"But it's the colder temperatures that people will remember and note," added Ms Maxey.

"The cold will be with us for much of next week, and with any showers, you could see the possibility of snow falling over the Pennines, Cumbria, Scotland."

Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Mark Sidaway, said: “After a settled, warm spell with plenty of sunshine particularly across England and Wales our weather will take a notable change in direction later in the weekend.

"Very cold Arctic air will move in from the north west through Sunday, bringing snow showers and freezing overnight temperatures. The snow showers will predominantly affect the north and west of the UK.

"The south and east will likely remain drier but still cold with a lower chance of wintry showers.”

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