Published On: Tue, Mar 20th, 2018

UK weather forecast: Snow thaws as temperatures hit 60F this week before Easter FREEZE

A dramatic turnaround in the weather will see the mercury rocket almost 10C in parts which days ago were blanketed in snow.

Spring will finally show its hand bringing a long awaited burst of blue skies and sunshine across the nation.

However forecasters have warned to make the most of the mild weather with signs of another cold snap later this month.

Early weather models show another plume of freezing Arctic air engulfing Britain in time for the Easter holiday.

In the meantime it is a milder and more settled picture for much of the country as thermometers creep upwards over the coming days.

UK forecasting models show temperatures pushing 14C (57.2F) in the south this weekend with double-digit highs as far north as Scotland.

Western coastal regions appear slightly cooler with the mercury just struggling to rise out of single figures.

While more conservative with its weekend outlook, the Met Office agreed it will turn milder over the coming days.

Forecaster Martin Bowles said: “It is warming up, temperatures are still below average but they are already way up on where they have been.

“We are expecting to see 10C (50F) in London over the next few days with 12C (53.6F) likely on Thursday and it will feel milder everywhere.

“It will stay milder this weekend although it will be fairly damp and breezy with a lot of cloud around.”

Temperatures will take another tumble next weekend with colder weather in store for Easter, he added.

He said: “We are expecting a cold spell next weekend and this could carry on into Easter.

“If this happens it will be due to a change in pressure patterns bringing cold air in from the northwest.

“Next weekend could be sufficiently cold enough to bring a bit of snow over high ground in Scotland.”

Thermometers are expected to touch 11C (51.8F) or 12C (53.6F) by the end of the week in southern and central regions although parts of Scotland will remain at around 5C (41F).

The southeast could touch 14C (57.2F) over the weekend with highs of between 9C (48.2F) and 12C (53.6F) in central England and up to 10C (50F) in the far north, according to some weather forecasting models.

The cheery forecasts come as Britain hits the Spring Equinox when the sun passes the celestial equator bringing an equal number of daylight hours to hours of darkness.

The clocks move forward one hour this weekend as the country moves back into British Summer Time.

Netweather forecaster Nick Finnis said Britons will start to enjoy a more spring-like feel to things over the next few days.

He said: “Today is the Spring Equinox, the start of astronomical spring and after the very cold weather over recent days, it will feel more spring-like as it turns slowly milder through the rest of the week.

“We lose to the cold arctic winds and gain a milder westerly flow off the Atlantic, with temperatures eventually reaching double figures.

“High pressure retreats south on Wednesday, which will allow in weather fronts off the Atlantic bringing cloud and rain across the north, though the south should remain dry and sunny.

“It will be dry for many on Thursday, though cloud and rain will spread in across the far west, before spreading east across all areas.

“The mild but changeable conditions [will continue] through the weekend.”

Exacta Weather forecaster James Madden wanted to make the most of the mild weather with a return to the cold likely before winter finally gives up.

He said: “This week will be less cold than we have seen recently although there is still a risk of a touch of evening frost and some sporadic wintry showers.

“We expect this to be a brief respite from the wintry conditions as there is an increasing risk of another cold spell bringing more snow at Easter.

“As it currently stands – winter is far from showing its final hand just yet.”

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