Weather forecast LIVE: 'Scandinavian shiver' to come bringing heavy rain & bitter winds as Easter heatwave ends

A ‘SCANDINAVIAN shiver’ is following our ‘Saharan sizzle’ – as Britain goes from hotter than 20C Valencia, Spain, to colder than 18C Oslo, Norway.

Snow is due in Scotland’s Highlands tomorrow – and weathermen have warned of frost in northern England and Scotland from Wednesday with nights in low single figures even elsewhere.

Cool easterly winds will limit highs to 11-16C for most today and tomorrow, with heavy showers on Tuesday and more rainy spells Wednesday – and strong winds follow.

Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services, said: “The jet stream is entering a meandering phase, and this will affect the weather we expect over the next few days.

“It will drive showers and some periods of heavier rain from time to time through the coming week.

“It is going to turn more changeable after the Easter weekend.”

He added: “It is going to feel cooler and there will be the risk of frosts overnight.

“Scotland may see wintry showers over high ground.

“It is going to feel like you need to put a jumper back on.”

Read our UK weather blog below for the latest forecasts and updates.

  • Milica Cosic

    Record £10bn made after Easter tourism for shops & pubs

    It was the biggest Easter staycation rush since VisitBritain records began 15 years ago in 2007. This comes after the heatwave we've had this weekend – with highs of 23C in some places around the country.

    Up to 11 million Brits went on overnight stays and up to 29m on daytrips over the weekend, spending up to £4bn on accommodation, attractions and transport, spending trends show.

    VisitBritain said: “The number of Brits who definitely planned overnight UK holidays for Easter is on a par with the highest figures since our survey began.”

    VisitBritain deputy chief executive Patricia Yates said: “Easter has provided businesses with much-needed cash-flow.”

  • Milica Cosic

    'Scandinavian shiver' expected

    A 'Scandinavian shiver' is following our 'Saharan sizzle' – as Britain goes from hotter than 20C Valencia, Spain, to colder than 18C Oslo, Norway.

    Snow is due in Scotland's Highlands tomorrow – and weathermen have warned of frost in northern England and Scotland from Wednesday with nights in low single figures even elsewhere.

    Cool easterly winds will limit highs to 11-16C for most today and tomorrow, with heavy showers on Tuesday and more rainy spells Wednesday – and strong winds follow.

    Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “Easter Monday was cooler, and a change in wind direction from a warm southerly to a cooler easterly will mean temperatures dipping.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Give yourself plenty of time to travel home today

    Experts have warned of travel chaos as 14million Brits are set to hit the roads today.

    Huge queues are also expected at airports as holidaymakers return home.

    The AA warned traffic is likely to be worse on Monday than it was at the start of the Easter break – when the great getaway was staggered over several days.

    Yesterday brought blue skies and a high of 20.2C (68F) — and the first Easter without Covid restrictions in two years was the busiest since 2014.

    Hotels, bars and restaurants have been rammed for the last couple of nights, with 85million pints expected to be guzzled across the four-day bonanza.

    Up to 20million burgers and 10million sausages were set to be scoffed as barbecues were fired up across the nation.

    A very full car park at Dorset's Durdle DoorCredit: ©Graham Hunt
    Families enjoy the sunshine on the beach in Bournemouth, Dorset, on Easter SundayCredit: BNPS
  • Milica Cosic

    Fresher conditions for today

    Meteorologist Dan Stroud has said that: "Fresher conditions will slowly start to move in from the west accompanied by cloud and some rain.

    "Looking at Easter Monday, outbreaks of rain will continue to move eastwards, but weakening all the time.

    "Sunny spells and showers following on, but feeling a lot fresher, and that theme will continue into the new week."

  • Milica Cosic

    Rain & 7C chill dampen spirits on last day of Easter weekend

    BRITS hoping for a fourth day of glorious Easter sunshine instead face a chilly 7C, rain and major delays on the roads.

    Temperatures were forecast to drop sharply today after a sun-baked bank holiday weekend saw the mercury hit highs of 23C on Good Friday.

    Easter Monday is forecast to drop to 10C or lower amid brisk winds in places, the start of a chillier spell of spring weather.

    Met Office forecaster Tom Morgan warned: “It’s not great news for gardeners.

    "They may have spent the weekend planting beneath the sun but we could see patchy frosts by Wednesday which could undo all of their hard work.

    “Some rural spots could drop to -3C through the first part of the week.

    "It will feel more spring-like during the day, despite the occasional showers, but not in the mornings or overnight.”

  • Milica Cosic

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  • Louis Allwood

    Wednesday to Friday forecast

    A lot of dry, if at times cloudy weather.

    Some showers for western areas Weds, after the clearance of early fog patches.

    Showers less widespread thereafter, though becoming windy.

  • Louis Allwood

    Tonight's forecast

    Daytime showers mostly becoming confined to western and northwest Scotland leaving most areas dry with clear spells.

    Perhaps a few showers persisting over central UK though and will remain chilly, especially Northern Ireland.

  • Louis Allwood

    Cloudy for those in Manchester

    Easter Monday will start mostly dry, but rather cloudy.

    Skies will brighten during the morning, although scattered showers will also break out, these locally heavy.

    The showers should die out through the afternoon, promising a fine end to the day with maximum temperatures of 14 °C.

  • Louis Allwood

    London forecast today

    A dry and widely bright day with lengthy sunny spells.

    Sunshine turning hazy at times under a veil of high cloud.

    It will be cloudier further west during the afternoon with winds remaining light and maximum temperatures of 18 °C.

  • Louis Allwood

    Easter Monday travel chaos

    Brits have been warned of Easter Monday travel chaos as holidaymakers head home en masse.

    Huge queues are expected to snake through airports while 14million cars are set to hit the roads today.

    The AA warned traffic is likely be worse on Monday than it was at the start of the Easter break – when things were staggered over several days.

    Many are set to flock back from holidays taken when schools broke up two weeks ago, while others return from scorching weekend trips.

  • Louis Allwood

    Cloudy start today

    Some eastern parts perhaps rather cloudy to begin with, but otherwise plenty of sunny spells.

    Mostly dry for eastern, southern and central regions, but some showers about in the north and west. Cooler than yesterday.

    Windy in the far northwest.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Fresher conditions to bring by cloud and rain next week

    Meteorologist Dan Stroud said: “Fresher conditions will slowly start to move in from the west accompanied by cloud and some rain.

    “Looking at Easter Monday, outbreaks of rain will continue to move eastwards, but weakening all the time.

    “Sunny spells and showers following on, but feeling a lot fresher, and that theme will continue into the new week.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Remember to drink plenty of water

    Dr Ross Perry of skin clinics chain Cosmedics said a heatwave in March or April “can be a shock to the system and skin”.

    He said: “People may underestimate the amount of water they should be drinking, as it is unlike a sweltering hot summer’s day.

    “Many people will suddenly move outside to do their exercising following months of being indoors, without thinking they might need sun protection or more water on hand.”

    Drinking plenty of water in hot temperatures is essential to avoid heat stroke, which can be life-threatening, especially in the elderly, children and people with health conditions.

  • Joseph Gamp

    ‘Weather becoming more changeable next week’

    Meteorologist Greg Dewhurst told The Sun: “The weather becomes more changeable into next week with temperatures expected to return to average on Tuesday or Wednesday, but many places will still see sunny spells then.

    “Rain affecting Northern Ireland and western Scotland, becoming more widespread on Monday and turning cooler.

    “Sunshine and showers on Tuesday.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Exact date Easter weekend heatwave will end

    FORECASTERS have revealed the exact date that the Easter Holiday scorcher will end, encouraging Brits to make the most of the weather. 

    Sizzling sunshine is set to last all weekend, with most of the UK basking in 23C this weekend – beating Ibiza and Mallorca. 

    But the good weather will only last until Tuesday, April 19, when some showers and cooler temperatures will hit. 

    Chief Meteorologist Neil Armstrong said: “Most people will see some spells of decent bank holiday weather this weekend, and it will feel warm in places, particularly for the first half of the Easter break. 

    “However, a low-pressure system will affect the northwest of the UK later Sunday, bringing unsettled weather to the north with some strong winds and rain in the northwest, which could impact driving conditions for some, but further south it will be drier, especially in the southeast.  

    “There will be varying amounts of cloud, but temperatures are widely likely to be above average for the time of year, although low cloud might keep temperatures lower in coastal areas. 

    “However, where the sun comes out people can expect some very pleasant spring conditions.” 

  • Joseph Gamp

    Five deadly mistakes you’re making every spring

    SPRING has sprung and with it comes gorgeous rays of sunshine.

    That usually means more time outdoors and extra sun exposure which can be harmful to your skin.

    Dr Ross Perry of skin clinics chain Cosmedics said the problem with heat waves in the spring, is that most people don’t prepare their skin like they do in the summer.

    He told The Sun: “The sun in April is as strong as it is in August, so you must treat it as such. 

    “People can often be fooled by the cooler breeze but the UV rays are just as strong and just as likely to cause sunburn and sun damage.”

    The sun’s rays are more often than not the direct cause of skin cancer, which generally fall under non-melanoma and melanoma. 

    Here, Dr Ross warns of the mistakes you could be making when enjoying spring heatwaves:

    1.  Not wearing suncream
    2. Failing to protect burnt skin
    3. Not drinking enough water
    4. Not taking moles seriously 
    5. Seeking vitamin D

    Read more here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    How soaring temperatures could be damaging your car

    AS BRITAIN gets its first taste of summer, millions of motorists could be risking breakdowns by failing to complete basic checks.

    Extreme temperatures won’t just give you sunburn and melt roads, but they also risk causing severe damage to your car.

    Here’s how to keep your car healthy in the heat:

    • Battery: Your car battery is dangerous as it is composed of acid and water. The water within the battery will evaporate faster in soaring temperatures leaving lead plates exposed. When the weather turns cold again, your battery may no longer have the charge to start the car.
    • Tyres: The rubber of a car tyre can seriously disintegrate in hot temperatures and even more so if the tyre is of the wrong pressure. Heat can cause them to dry out and lead to a blow-out.
    • Coolant: An engine with no coolant is like a person with no water – it won’t survive and will die. Always keep an eye on your car’s temperature gauge.
    • Oil: An engine when fully running in heat needs all the lubrication it can get, so making sure you change the oil when necessary is important in the summer months. More frequent changes to your oil will be beneficial to a car’s engine and performance.
    • Fuel: Fuel evaporates quicker in a hot car than it does in a cold one. Keeping your car in a shaded area and less used in hot temperatures will save on accelerated fuel consumption.

    Weather outlook for Tuesday to Thursday

    Dry for most with sunny spells.

    Chance of catching the odd shower, most likely Tuesday and Wednesday in the south.

    Temperatures near normal, but feeling cooler on the east coast.

    Short weather summary for today

    Sunny spells for most, but cloudier for parts of the north and west and at first across the south east

    Some showers in the north and west.

    Cooler than of late.

    Met Office recap of Easter Sunday's weather

    • Joseph Gamp

      Mix of bright spells and showers on Easter Monday

      The Met Office said: "Up and about early on #EasterMonday?

      "Well there'll be some cloud and patchy #rain in the north and extreme east, but elsewhere plenty of bright #weather is expected with just a few showers"

    • Joseph Gamp

      Remember to drink plenty of water

      Dr Ross Perry of skin clinics chain Cosmedics said a heatwave in March or April “can be a shock to the system and skin”.

      He said: “People may underestimate the amount of water they should be drinking, as it is unlike a sweltering hot summer’s day.

      “Many people will suddenly move outside to do their exercising following months of being indoors, without thinking they might need sun protection or more water on hand.”

      Drinking plenty of water in hot temperatures is essential to avoid heat stroke, which can be life-threatening, especially in the elderly, children and people with health conditions.

    • Joseph Gamp

      Exact date Easter weekend heatwave will end

      FORECASTERS have revealed the exact date that the Easter Holiday scorcher will end, encouraging Brits to make the most of the weather. 

      Sizzling sunshine is set to last all weekend, with most of the UK basking in 23C this weekend – beating Ibiza and Mallorca. 

      But the good weather will only last until Tuesday, April 19, when some showers and cooler temperatures will hit. 

      Chief Meteorologist Neil Armstrong said: “Most people will see some spells of decent bank holiday weather this weekend, and it will feel warm in places, particularly for the first half of the Easter break. 

      “However, a low-pressure system will affect the northwest of the UK later Sunday, bringing unsettled weather to the north with some strong winds and rain in the northwest, which could impact driving conditions for some, but further south it will be drier, especially in the southeast.  

      “There will be varying amounts of cloud, but temperatures are widely likely to be above average for the time of year, although low cloud might keep temperatures lower in coastal areas. 

      “However, where the sun comes out people can expect some very pleasant spring conditions.” 

    • Joseph Gamp

      'Weather becoming more changeable next week'

      Meteorologist Greg Dewhurst told The Sun: "The weather becomes more changeable into next week with temperatures expected to return to average on Tuesday or Wednesday, but many places will still see sunny spells then.

      "Rain affecting Northern Ireland and western Scotland, becoming more widespread on Monday and turning cooler.

      "Sunshine and showers on Tuesday."

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