UK weather – Brits to bask in 19C 'early summer' scorcher this weekend before 'cold snap' brings SNOW and rain next week
BRITS will bask in balmy 19C highs this weekend as temperatures soar across the UK – but enjoy it while it lasts as SNOW is forecast next week.
The "early summer" is set to bake the nation with top temperatures of 19C in London while the South Coast and North West will be hit with sweltering 18C heat.
It follows a heat wave which saw all day sunshine and blue skies send temperatures to nearly 21C in London on Wednesday – the hottest day of the year so far.
Friday will see highs of 19C in Cardiff, 18C in Bournemouth, 17C in Glasgow and 16C in Belfast.
While Manchester will sizzle in 18C and Newcastle warmed to 16C on Saturday.
And this fine, settled weather is set to continue through Sunday and into Monday.
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But change is coming following the early summer warmth as the airflow shifts from south-easterly to north and north-easterly.
The high pressure area will move south, ushering in cool weather in its wake.
This is set to bring a more wintry feel to most of the country by Tuesday next week.
Sharp frosts are then expected to send temperatures plummeting to as low as -3C across the country – throwing Britain into a bitterly "cold snap".
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There is even the possibility of snow falling in some areas.
Wintry showers are forecast in Scotland which could extend into north–east England.
While patchy low cloud could also be drawn in off the North Sea, smothering coastal areas.
Met Office meteorologist Becky Mitchell said: "Temperatures are due to fall to around the average for the time of year but it will be noticeably colder than at present.
"Showers on Tuesday and Wednesday could turn to hill snow in Scotland and some of those wintry showers could spread into north-east England."
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But the meteorologist said most parts of England and Wales are still due to stay fine and dry.
She also warned gardeners not to be too tempted to get the trowel out as the potential sharp frosts could affect plants.
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