Frost and heavy showers will continue to blight the final days of March and make the UK 'the coldest country in Europe.'

More chilly temperatures are on the way as we welcome the start of April and lighter nights after turning the clocks forward.

Today will be another cold start, with patchy frost in the south, while Eastern areas will see heavy showers however, the west will see the best of the sunshine.

Yesterday, Sunday, saw the warmest temperature of 10.1C in Pembrey Sands, Carmarthenshire and the coldest night in Derrylin, Co Fermanagh, which experienced temperatures as cold as -2.4°C.

Later on in the week there is a chance that showers may turn to a mix of sleet and snow over northern hills.

There will be frost and snow over northern hills

The northwest will see the worst of the weather with spells of heavy rain and strong winds.

Meanwhile towards the middle of April, the weather may turn more changeable with a few days of rain and strong winds alternating with periods of sunshine and showers for much of the UK.

BBC meteorologist Matt Taylor said: "It is British Summer Time but in name only.

"It will feel like winter for most of you today, with some snow flurries and sleet across several regions in the UK.

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"We have some of the coldest spots at the moment across Europe, compared to where we should be.

"We are 5C lower than normal and that is thanks to the cold winds coming from the North, originating from the Greenland and Arctic."

Weather forecast today:

A fair amount of cloud for most areas today. Some breaks at times too, mainly over western regions. Cloud also thick enough for some showers, mainly over northern Scotland and eastern, southern and central England. Breezy and feeling chilly.

Tonight:

Many areas hanging onto a fair amount of cloud. Evening showers will tend to become increasingly confined to northern Scotland and eastern England. Quite cold with a touch of frost.

Tuesday:

A fair amount of cloud for many again, best breaks over southern UK. Mostly dry, though a few showers over northern Scotland and far eastern England. Less breezy.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:

Rain affecting Scotland on Wednesday and Thursday whilst also turning windy. Often cloudy and rather cold elsewhere. Sunshine and blustery, wintry showers following across the far north.

UK Outlook for Friday 3 Apr 2020 to Sunday 12 Apr 2020:

Through the beginning of the period unsettled conditions across the north are likely to spread southwards. The northwest will see the worst of the weather with spells of heavy rain and strong winds interspersed with sunshine and showers whilst the southeast should stay drier and brighter.

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Towards the middle of April the weather may turn more changeable with a few days of rain and strong winds alternating with periods of sunshine and showers for much of the UK.

Any showers may turn to a mix of sleet and snow over northern hills. Temperatures are likely to be around normal for the time of year. During any more settled periods, mild days are likely to give way to cold nights.