The warm weather earlier this week was stopped in its tracks today as temperatures plunged for Mother’s Day.
Saturday’s 20C saw Brits rush to the beaches as temperatures were hotter than parts of Morocco.
But an Icelandic plunge saw a drop of 13C in parts of Scotland and northern England.
The “polar plume” from Iceland arrived on Mother’s Day – and it’s forecast to stay all week.
“40mph gusts are possible on Sunday evening in the south”
Snow flurries are expected tomorrow in Scotland and on Tuesday in the north, with the south at risk of flurries on hills by Wednesday.
Freezing -2C nights are due after -5C this morning in Scotland.
Gale-force gusts are due to hit 40mph in the south, with windy conditions for a week, pushing close to 60mph from Wednesday in the north.
Thunderstorms are also due.
The Grand National race meeting from Thursday to Saturday and first County Championship cricket games starting on Friday face bad weather.
Met Office forecaster Alex Burkill said: “40mph gusts are possible on Sunday evening in the south, with windy conditions in general continuing with Wednesday onwards seeing the strongest winds with gusts of 50mph or stronger on north-west and north-east coasts.”
Channel 4 weatherman Liam Dutton said: “The clocks are going forward but the weather is going back.
“Big April showers and sleet and hill snow are likely, plus frosts.”
John Hammond of weathertrending said: “A burst of Arctic winds will drag temperatures below normal, with a significant chance of brief snowfall in midweek, especially on northern hills, with chilly weather continuing.”
But the Met Office forecast “rather warm” conditions by the weeks around Easter, which falls from April 19 to 22.
Highs of 26C are forecast by The Weather Outlook.
Hammond added: “Towards Easter brings optimism for plenty of dry weather and the strengthening sun will bring warmth.”
- Met Office
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