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Weather forecast UK today – Big freeze to return at end of week as temperatures plunge to -4C after February hot spell

THE warm weather and blue skies will be short-lived as a big freeze is set to hit this weekend, bringing with it temperatures as low as -4.

Colder spells will grip the UK and are likely to remain until mid March, with Atlantic frontal systems introducing colder and wetter weather than usual for the time of year.

A Met Office forecast reads: "Cloudy with showery rain for southern areas Wednesday, this clearing Thursday.

"Much colder, clearer weather already across the north, then follows southwest late Thursday. Frosts becoming widespread."

Flocks of people have lapped up the sunshine over the weekend as weeks of rain and chilly temperatures were met with glorious temperatures in the mid teens.

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

  • SNOW SET TO HIT PARTS OF THE UK

    Snow is set to hit the UK next week, the Met Office warned.

    Temperatures are to plunge to -1C on Saturday after thousands of Brits hit beaches and parks to soak up the 13C over the weekend.  

    “With the high most likely centred over Scotland, this will bring a cold northerly air flow and a possibility of light sleet and snow flurries for a time into northern and eastern coasts,” the Met Office said.

    Other areas will mostly stay fine and dry, however, with spells of rain and stronger winds predicted for the north and west.

    It comes as the Met Office dismissed claims that a massive 270-mile snowstorm is on course to hit parts of Britain this month just weeks after February’s 18C warm snap.

  • BRITS SOAK UP THE SUN - BUT IT WON'T BE AROUND LONG

  • SPACE HURRICANES DO EXIST

    Scientists say they have confirmed the existence of space hurricanes after analysing a 1,000km-wide swirling mass of plasma spotted hundreds of kilometres above the North Pole.

    The space hurricane, observed by satellites in the Earth's upper atmosphere, was raining electrons instead of water, span in an anticlockwise direction and lasted nearly eight hours before breaking down.

    The hurricanes would be expected to lead to important space weather effects and disruption to GPS systems, scientists found.

  • CONTINUED

    Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Rutland's winter season average rainfall all ranked as their second wettest.

    For the east/north-east England region as a whole, 2020/21 was the second wettest winter on record (324.9mm rainfall), behind only the winter of 1876/77 (343.1mm).

    The record-breaking rainfall brought plenty of cloud, meaning sunshine hours for England and Wales were relatively low.

    Wales received only 80% (127.8 hours) of the seasonal average sunshine hours, with local areas including Dyfed, Mid Glamorgan, South Glamorgan and Powys receiving no more than 75% of their average sunshine hours.

  • FEBRUARY SAW HIGHEST AND LOWEST TEMPERATURES OF WINTER

    The highest and lowest temperatures of the UK's winter season were recorded in February, with some parts of the east coast having their wettest winter on record.

    Cold conditions from the east brought temperatures down to -23C at Braemar in Aberdeenshire on February 11, the lowest temperature in the UK since 1995 and the lowest in February since 1955, according to the Met Office.

    Forecasters said a southerly flow brought warm weather from the Canaries and Africa which led to the season's highest temperature of 18.4C at Santon Downham in Suffolk on February 24.

    Meanwhile, Tyne and Wear received 214% (319.1mm) of seasonal winter rainfall, making it the area's wettest winter on record.

  • WHEN IS SPRING? WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN SPRING?

    Today marks the first day of spring in the UK.

    Spring in the meteorological calendar is the season beginning in March and ending in May.

    Astronomically, the season typically starts on the day of the spring equinox which falls around the March 20 in the Northern Hemisphere.

    “The beginning of spring can be one of the most recognisable transitions between the seasons as the days begin to lengthen and the temperatures warm,” the Met Office says.

    “The weather in the UK during spring is often calm and dry due to the Atlantic losing heat during autumn and winter, leading to less heat and moisture being transferred to the atmosphere.” 

  • LONG RANGE WEATHER FORECAST

    Here’s the latest forecast from the Met Office for Friday, March 5 to Sunday, March 14.

    Local high pressure is expected to give a mostly settled outlook, forecasters said.

    “With the high most likely centred over Scotland, this will bring a cold northerly air flow and a possibility of light sleet and snow flurries for a time into northern and eastern coasts,” the Met Office says.

    “Otherwise most areas will stay fine and dry with plenty of sunny spells. Any spells of rain and stronger winds are most likely to occur in the north and west where front incursions are most likely, or into the south around the base of the high.

    “Where skies clear overnight, frost and fog patches may become prevalent. Temperatures are likely to start off colder than normal, due to the northerly air flow, before slowly returning to around average.”

  • WINTER HAS BEEN A WET ONE

    The winter of 2020 and 2021 has been overall a rather wet and dull one.

    We have seen the highest and lowest temperatures of the winter season in February.

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

    He said: “February 2021 has seen a wide temperature range resulting from the two predominant weather patterns we’ve seen this month, with the first half of February experiencing some bitterly cold easterlies originating from Russia, and recent days seeing the influence of air coming from the Canary Islands."

  • CLEAR SKIES TONIGHT

    In the north and west of the country there will be clear skies, but for everywhere else it will be increasingly foggy.

    The Met Office has warned that fog may cause tricky driving conditions, and has urged motorists to be careful.

  • LATEST FORECAST

    Here's the latest forecast from the Met Office.

    There will be clear skies in the north and west, but it will be foggy elsewhere.

    The fog could cause tricky driving conditions, so forecasters have urged motorists to allow extra time if you need to make an essential journey.

  • SNOW SET TO HIT PARTS OF THE UK

    Snow is set to hit the UK next week, the Met Office warned.

    Temperatures are to plunge to -1C on Saturday after thousands of Brits hit beaches and parks to soak up the 13C over the weekend.  

    "With the high most likely centred over Scotland, this will bring a cold northerly air flow and a possibility of light sleet and snow flurries for a time into northern and eastern coasts," the Met Office said.

    Other areas will mostly stay fine and dry, however, with spells of rain and stronger winds predicted for the north and west.

    It comes as the Met Office dismissed claims that a massive 270-mile snowstorm is on course to hit parts of Britain this month just weeks after February's 18C warm snap.

  • DUST OFF THE BARBECUE

    Spring has officially sprung - check out these glorious daffodils next to the South West Coast Path at Sidmouth in Devon.

    The flowers are in full bloom on a warm sunny day with clear blue skies on the first day of spring. 

    The daffodils were planted as part of a project by the Sid Valley Association to plant a million bulbs after a generous gift by the late Keith Owen for conservation and natural heritage.

  • SPRING IS IN THE AIR

    People have been enjoying the sunshine by taking a dip in the Solent in Old Portsmouth, Hampshire, on the first day of spring.

    Residents have also been enjoying the blue skies and balmy temperatures at Bournemouth beach.

    Temperatures have hit 12C in the south of England.

  • BRITS ENJOY WARM WEATHER BEFORE COLD SNAP

    A cold front will bring a change of weather to the UK later in the week after a spell of warm sunshine.

    Colder air will push southwards on Thursday and Friday, bringing lower temperatures of 6C and 8C.

  • SPRING HAS SPRUNG

    Here's a gorgeous photo of a newborn lamb which was born in the early hours of this morning.

    The lamb is pictured with its mother at A J Thompson & Sons farm on the Romney Marsh near Lydd in Kent on the first day of spring.

    The first day of the new season has brought warm temperatures to much of the UK.

  • STUNNING IMAGES SHOW SNOW MOON IN ALL ITS GLORY

    Stunning images of the mesmerizing Snow Moon were captured in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, Mexico and New York in the US.

    In one snap, the moon’s reddy-orange glow produces an eerie silhouette of the world-famous Statue of Liberty.

    The moon rises behind a hill in Wakefield in another snap, leaving the silhouette of four people who appear ant-like in size compared with the moon’s might.

    Check out the pictures here.

  • BYE BYE FOG

    The latest satellite view from the Met Office shows this morning's fog and low cloud has started to retreat eastwards.

    The best of the sunshine will be seen in western parts of the UK.

    Parts of the east will remain "quite murky" throughout the afternoon.

  • FAMILY CAMPING ON 280FT CLIFF-TOP HAD 'NO IDEA OF EXTREME DANGER'

    Two adults and a child who set up a tent on the top of a 280ft cliff had "no idea of the extreme danger they were in", Coastguards said.

    Rescue officers from Staithes and Whitby in North Yorkshire were called to an area along the Cleveland Way near Port Mugrave on Saturday lunchtime after a 999 call from a member of the public.

    As well as the proximity to the sheer drop, rescuers said that area of the coast is also vulnerable to landslips.

    Police officers called to the cliff-top issued a 27-year-old woman from Doncaster and a 30-year-old man from Middlesbrough with fixed penalty notices for contravening Covid restrictions.

    Adam Turner, senior coastal operations officer for HM Coastguard, said: "The family were in an extremely perilous position with no idea of the extreme danger they were in.

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