Back to work blues: Temperatures plunge by 10C as Arctic blast sweeps UK bringing frost, rain and gusts of up to 40mph
- The coming week will see a return to cooler, ‘more springlike’ weather following the warm and sunny spells
- The UK will see showers mainly across northern parts of Britain, while it will be largely dry across south
- Temperatures today will be 10C lower than maximums were over the weekend as ‘springlike’ weather returns
Britain is facing a sharp drop in temperatures as rain as 40mph gusts are set to batter the country.
The coming week will see a return to cooler, ‘more springlike’ weather as Britons return to work following the warm and sunny spells seen during the first half of the bank holiday weekend, the Met Office has said.
Meteorologist Bonnie Diamond told MailOnline the main theme this week would be ‘much colder’ weather than we saw over the weekend, with temperatures today ‘a good 10 degrees (C)’ lower than maximums were over the weekend.
The UK will see showers mainly across northern parts of Britain, while it will be largely dry across south after Britons heard Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s exit strategy for coronavirus lockdown.
Today and tomorrow will see maxiumum temperatures of around 11-13C, and similar again on Tuesday.
Thursday and Friday will likely see temperatures into the mid-teens again, rising to around 18C or 19C by Friday.
For many, an increase of wind and rain may soften the blow of the UK coronavirus lockdown – which looks set to continue despite confusion over the Government’s instructions on what steps to take this week.
It will be a largely dry week for most, while showers across Scotland ‘could have a wintry element’, with the possibility of snow in some areas today and tomorrow.
Waves crash over Seaham Lighthouse in Seaham, County Durham this morning as Britain is set to face harsh winds and cooler temperatures this week
The Met Office said: ‘It will be a windy and cold start to Monday, still with some showers feeding in to northern and eastern Scotland, along with eastern England’
The coming week will see a return to cooler, ‘more springlike’ weather following the warm and sunny spells seen during the first half of the bank holiday weekend, the Met Office has said
Ms Diamond said: ‘Today is quite windy across southern England, with gusts of 35-40mph inland and gales in the English Channel. Strong winds in the south will ease this evening.
‘Tomorrow will be less windy and the rest of the week winds will generally be light to moderate for most, however strong at times across the far north and north-western parts of the UK.’
She added: ‘Overnight temperatures will drop quickly, it will be cold overnight with frost in a few places by Wednesday still could see some showers across northern and eastern parts of the UK.
‘It’s going to feel warmer towards latter part of the working week.
Temperatures on Saturday peaked at 24.9C degrees in London, and remained widely into the 20s for many parts of the UK – causing many people to flock to parks.
Police in the South East reported having had to move hundreds of people on from beaches.
Sunday has seen maximum temperatures drop by around 10 degrees across the country, with a cloud front moving southwards – though some southern parts remained warm.
Today and tomorrow will see maxiumum temperatures of around 11-13C, and similar again on Tuesday (pictured: Waves crash at Tynemouth pier on the North East coast)
The Met Office added that the UK would continue to see more cloud and wind in the coming week, with some parts of the country expecting to see frostier mornings.
While few people are expected to take up the chance to sunbathe from this Wednesday as lockdown restrictions ease, temperatures should start to rise as the summer approaches.
‘Part of spring’s charm is you can get both types of weather,’ a spokesman for the Met Office said.
‘May can be quite a topsy-turvy month, getting closer to the start of summer. It’s not unusual for spring to have a hot part and a colder part.’
The return to duller weather comes following record-breaking April sunshine – with all four UK countries recording it among the top five sunniest since records in a series from 1929.
In the final week of the month, rainfall totals increased in many places – but the UK overall still only received 40% of average April rainfall, according to official Met Office figures.
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