A SCANDINAVIAN blast of icy air will continue to keep Britain in the freezer today – ahead of a feared Easter washout next weekend.
Sunday will be mainly dry and cloudy with some welcome spells of sunshine.
But the mercury won't even breach double figures anywhere across the UK today, according to the Met Office.
There will be some isolated brief showers mainly in eastern areas and the far west in Cornwall and Northern Ireland.
The cold weather will be the most noticeable aspect of the weather – with highs of just 9C and bitter nighttime drops as low as -5C.
In its latest forecast, the Met Office said: "Most areas dry with sunny spells, although chilly.
"Isolated showers possible in eastern areas, mainly near the coast.
"Cloudier and windy in the west with outbreaks of rain at times in Cornwall and perhaps western parts of Northern Ireland."
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The afternoon will be cloudy but dry for most, although rain will continue in the far west
And forecasters at Meteogroup UK: "The morning will be dry with sunny spells for many central and eastern parts, although a few showers are possible for North Sea coasts.
"Western parts will be mostly cloudy and rain may affect the far west.
"The afternoon will be cloudy but dry for most, although rain will continue in the far west."
A Met Office spokesman said: "Temperatures are colder for this time of year.
"They should be about 13C."
WASHOUT ON THE WAY
Although the country will not be basking in warm weather, at least it will be mainly dry – something that cannot be said for the long Easter weekend weather.
Washout conditions are predicted as heavy rain prepares to make the school holidays a misery.
Met Office forecaster Richard Miles said: "It's looking like we could see a bit of rain over Easter, especially in the western parts of the UK.
"Temperatures could be slightly above average for the weekend itself… I wouldn't rule out snow in parts of Scotland".
It comes despite predictions that sunbathers could bake in 24C temperatures over Easter – but the band of rain is set to cool things down.
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