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UK weather forecast LIVE – Snow set for Easter as freezing temperatures return after a day of ‘severe’ fog warnings

WEATHER charts suggest that Brits could see a white Easter this year.

New charts forecast that there is a 50 percent chance of snow falling across northern Scotland and a 10-25 percent chance for the rest of the UK.

Temperatures in the coming weeks are to go as low as -4C with snow predicted to fall on March 12.

Met Office forecaster Graham Madge said: "A white Easter is more likely than a white Christmas.

"It’s possible that we could get snow in March, in fact, it's more likely we will get snow in March than in December."

Meanwhile, Brits experienced a foggy start to today with 'severe' warnings in place.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning, with the dense fog set to bring reduced visibility, travel chaos, and flight cancellations this morning.

Follow our weather live blog below for the latest news and updates from around the country

  • PICTURED

    Parliament was blanketed in a cloud of mist this morning ahead of the Chancellor's budget.

  • FORECAST FOR TOMORROW NIGHT

    A dry but dull evening with thick cloud cover and there may be the odd spot of drizzle.

    Overnight will then be generally dry but overcast with thick cloud cover.

    Cloud will break at times and clear spells will develop, these will be most frequent across western areas. Remaining dry by dawn.

  • FOG CHAOS

    'Severe' thick fog caused travel disruption on the roads and in the air today - as mist lingers in London and the South East.

    The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning, with the dense fog set to bring reduced visibility, travel chaos, and flight cancellations this morning.

    Areas as far west as Gloucestershire, stretching all the way to Southend-on-Sea on the Eastern coast, will be affected by the thick fog this morning.

    The weather warning covers the whole of London, the South East, parts of the South West, and East of England.

  • WHAT IS THE FORECAST FOR THE NEXT 10 DAYS?

  • WEATHER FOR TONIGHT

    Mostly cloudy, and misty with fog patches for large parts of England and Wales.

    Evening showers over England and Wales slowly become confined to parts of southeastern UK by dawn.

    Further north, rain and hill snow for parts of Scotland.

    (Met Office)

  • ARCTIC MASS ON THE WAY TO THE UK

    Met Office forecaster Dean Hall said: "It's going to turn much colder by the end of the week.

    "An Arctic air mass is moving in from Iceland, drawing in colder north easterly winds. It'll lead to overnight frosts quite widely.

    "It will, however, remain dry and settled, just pretty chilly.

    "We're looking at day-time temperatures for most of between 6C and 8C."

    The Met Office has warned it will be a frosty morning on Saturday, and temperatures could drop as low as -10C in some sheltered glens.

  • TURNING COLD, WITH SNOW FORECAST FOR THE WEEKEND

    From today and tomorrow the weather is "complicated", as a low pressure system sweeps in, bringing showers and thunder reports BBC Weather.

    It'll turn again at the weekend, with the UK being hit by a "brisk northerly wind" while a "weak front will mostly bring rain, but some snow flurries are possible on hills in Scotland.

    "Temperatures over the weekend will fall well below average for a few days. There will be widespread frosts overnight," it adds.

    And on Sunday we can expect some "late-weekend rain or hill snow to northern areas".

  • RARE 'STEVE' PHENOMENA SPOTTED OVER SHETLAND

    A rare phenomena was spotted in the Shetland Islands alongside the aurora borealis, reports BBC Weather.

    "The thin purple ribbon glowing in the sky is a relatively new scientific discovery often associated with the aurora," the broadcaster adds.

    The weird glow was named "Steve" by aurora watchers, "reportedly after a scene in the animated movie Over the Hedge where the characters use the name to refer to something they don't know about," the BBC says.

    "While Steve is only spotted in the presence of an aurora, it is not a normal aurora.

    "Steve appears as a ribbon and lasts for 20 minutes to an hour before it disappears," it adds.

  • TEMPERATURES TO DIP BELOW FREEZING THIS WEEKEND

    The mercury is set to plummet this weekend as Britain is hit by another deep freeze.

    The spring-like warm weather will be short-lived as temperatures drop to -10C in some areas.

    This week has already seen Brits shiver in 4C chills amid thick fog.

    And forecasters have warned the mercury will continue to fade away for the rest of the week before plummeting on Saturday.

    Widespread frosts are set to take a firm hold with -5C nights on the cards amid the latest Arctic blast.

  • COLDER AIR SWEEPING IN ON FRIDAY

    "A cold front will bring colder air across the UK by Friday," warns the Met Office.

    The agency tweeted: "The colder air mass will give widespread frosty nights, but also lots of pleasant sunny spells during the day."

  • FOG, SNOW AND CLOUDS FOR THURSDAY

    The weather on Thursday sees the return of more fog, says BBC meteorologist Carol Kirkwood.

    Ms Kirkwood said: "Once again we see a return to a lot of low clouds, some mist and some fog and a new weather front coming in from the north-west will introduce some colder air and some snow across Orkney and Shetland."

  • SPACE HURRICANE OBSERVED FOR THE FIRST TIME

    Space hurricanes have been seen for the first time in Earth’s upper atmosphere, shedding new light on the relationship between planets and space, says Reading University.

    The unprecedented observations, made by satellites in August 2014, were only uncovered during retrospective analysis by scientists at the University of Reading, as part of a team led by Shandong University in China, that confirmed the hurricane and offered clues about its formation.

    The space hurricane analysed by the team in Earth’s ionosphere was spinning in an anticlockwise direction, had multiple spiral arms, and lasted almost eight hours before gradually breaking down.

    Analysis has now allowed a 3D image to be created of the 1,000km-wide swirling mass of plasma several hundred kilometres above the North Pole, raining electrons instead of water.

    Professor Mike Lockwood, space scientist at the University of Reading, said: “Until now, it was uncertain that space plasma hurricanes even existed, so to prove this with such a striking observation is incredible”.

  • SUB-ZERO TEMPS ON THE WAY FOR UK

    Temperatures are set to plummet this weekend as Britain is hit by another deep freeze.

    The current, spring-like warm weather will be short-lived as the mercury drops to -10C in some areas.

  • WEDNESDAY NIGHT - MOSTLY DRY

    Tonight (Wednesday) will see a "largely cloudy evening with a threat of showers continuing across southern and central England," reports Meteogroup UK.

    While it will be dry overnight, heading into Thursday morning it'll be cloudy for most with patches of mist and fog "forming quite widely".

    There will, however, be some light rain and drizzle across southern and central England and northern Scotland overnight.

  • TODAY'S FORECAST

    It's set to be a damp and drizzly day today, with occasional rain in the south, a few heavy showers developing and possibly a rumble of thunder in the far south and south-west.

    Fog and low cloud will slowly this morning has now lifted, but it will remain dull and misty for many eastern parts of England.

  • WINTERS ARE CHANGING

    Dr Mark McCarthy is the head of the Met Office National Climate Information Centre. 

    He said: “Our winters are changing and as we have seen we can still receive cold snaps; it’s just that those extremes won’t be quite as cold or as frequent as they once would have been.”

  • FROM A CHILLY -7C TO 13C - MET OFFICE SHOWS 'EXTREMES'

    Tuesday recorded various extremes weather-wise, reports the Met Office.

    It tweeted that Capel Curig, a village in Caernarfonshire, Wales, basked in 13.3C on March 2.

    Meanwhile over in Altnaharra - a small hamlet in the Scottish Highlands - the mercury sank to a chilly -6.6C.

  • HEAVY, THUNDERY SHOWERS ON THE WAY

    Wales, central and southern and south-west England will see "heavy, thundery showers later on" today, warns Good Morning Britain.

    There will also be "gusty winds".

  • EAST COAST STRUGGLES WITH 3-4C TEMPS

    After a foggy start to Wednesday areas along the east coast will "struggle to get rid of their low clouds, so temperatures will be around 3-4C," said Good Morning Britain.

    But with sun appearing in other parts of the country, England's southern areas will see 12-13C.

  • SPACE HURRICANES IN DANGER OF KNOCKING OUT GPS

    A space hurricane spotted spinning above the North Pole has prompted scientists to warn of a possible danger to GPS satellites.

    Reading University said: "The fact the hurricane occurred during a period of low geomagnetic activity suggests they could be more relatively common within our solar system and beyond.

    "This highlights the importance of improved monitoring of space weather, which can disrupt GPS systems."

    Astronomers reported a long-lasting space hurricane in the polar ionosphere and magnetosphere during low solar and otherwise low geomagnetic activity, explains Tech Times.

    It's the first time a space hurricane - a swirling mass of plasma several hundred kilometres above the North Pole raining electrons instead of water - has been detected in the upper atmosphere.

  • SPACE HURRICANE OBSERVED FOR THE FIRST TIME

    Space hurricanes have been seen for the first time in Earth’s upper atmosphere, shedding new light on the relationship between planets and space, says Reading University.

    The unprecedented observations, made by satellites in August 2014, were only uncovered during retrospective analysis by scientists at the University of Reading, as part of a team led by Shandong University in China, that confirmed the hurricane and offered clues about its formation.

    The space hurricane analysed by the team in Earth’s ionosphere was spinning in an anticlockwise direction, had multiple spiral arms, and lasted almost eight hours before gradually breaking down.

    Analysis has now allowed a 3D image to be created of the 1,000km-wide swirling mass of plasma several hundred kilometres above the North Pole, raining electrons instead of water.

    Professor Mike Lockwood, space scientist at the University of Reading, said: “Until now, it was uncertain that space plasma hurricanes even existed, so to prove this with such a striking observation is incredible”.

  • SUB-ZERO TEMPS ON THE WAY FOR UK

    Temperatures are set to plummet this weekend as Britain is hit by another deep freeze.

    The current, spring-like warm weather will be short-lived as the mercury drops to -10C in some areas.

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