Weather forecast UK today – Snow melts away as balmy 12C temperatures return just as pub beer gardens and shops reopen

THE mercury will hit 12C TODAY as the signs of the April cold snap melt away as British the springtime begins to warm up.

After one of the hottest March days on record, Brits were hit by a bitterly cold Easter weekend thanks to a -8C Arctic blast descending on the country.

England saw its coldest day in eight years on Wednesday, with the temperature hitting a freezing -7.5C in Benson, South Oxfordshire.

But Brits will see the spring in their step return as most of the UK is predicted to see the return of double digit temperatures by this afternoon.

The Met Office tweeted: “The #4cast is looking less cold on Thursday with temperatures reaching double figures for many.

“It will however be rather cloudy with some #rain mainly across northern and western areas.”

That's great news for Brits planning to descend on pub beer gardens from Monday when the latest round of lockdown easing comes into force.

Follow all the latest news and updates in our live weather blog below…

  • Tariq Tahir

    GETTING COLDER IN THE NORTH, SAYS THE MET OFFICE

    The north of Britain will get colder tomorrow, the forecasters say in their five day outlook.

    Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England will see snow showers, mainly northern Scotland. Elsewhere will be less cold with showery rain for some but though southern England will remain dry.

    Saturday will see wintry showers in places though some more persistent rain and snow possible for southern England.

    The weather will be more settled on Sunday, with showers for the north Monday but will be generally cold and with night frosts.

  • Tariq Tahir

    FLOOD ALERTS

    The Environment Agency has issued nine flood alerts for England covering parts of East Anglia, Berkshire and Kent.

    Flood alerts mean there is a possibility of flooding and people are warned to be prepared.

  • Ben Hill

    WEEKEND OUTLOOK

    Saturday will be cloudy and wet across south-east England but it will be bright elsewhere with a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers, these wintry in the north.

    Sunday will be largely dry and bright with spells of sunshine however there is a threat of showers developing, some may be wintry

  • Ben Hill

    FORECAST FOR TONIGHT AND TOMORROW

    TONIGHT:

    A few late bright spells are possible however it will be a mostly overcast evening with rain across Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England.

    Rain will track southwards overnight to reach parts of the Midlands by dawn and will clear from the north to reveal clear spells and wintry showers

    Tomorrow:

    A band of cloud across Wales and southern and central England will spread southwards during the day bringing spots of light rain and drizzle.

    A drier and brighter day further north as most areas will be dry with lengthy spells of sunshine however there will be a few showers, these wintry in nature

  • Joseph Gamp

    ENGLAND RECORDED LOWEST APRIL TEMPERATURE SINCE 2013 – AS MERCURY PLUNGED TO -7.5C

    England saw its coldest day in eight years on Wednesday, with the temperature hitting a freezing -7.5C in Benson, South Oxfordshire.

    The Met Office tweeted: "Wednesday was another cold day.

    -"7.5 °C at Benson was England's lowest April temperature since 2013."

     

  • Joseph Gamp

    UK WEATHER FORECAST FOR THURSDAY 8 APRIL – TEMPERATURES BEGIN TO RISE AFTER SPRING SNOWFALL

    UK weather forecast for Thursday 8 April – Temperatures begin to rise after Spring snowfall

  • Joseph Gamp

    UK TO EXPERIENCE WARMER CONDITIONS TODAY

    Much of the UK woke up to temperatures below freezing yesterday – but there will be a much warmer start today.

    Some parts recorded a biting -7C in the coldest April morning in England since 2013.

    It was also the coldest April morning across all four nations of the UK since 2018.

    Conditions are said to start warming up from now – in time for the secondphase of Boris Johnson’s road map put of lockdown on April 12.

  • Joseph Gamp

    IN PICTURES: SUNRISE AT SUTTON BINGHAM RESERVOIR, SOMERSET

    Sunrise at Sutton Bingham Reservoir, Somerset this morningCredit: SWNS
  • Joseph Gamp

    MET OFFICE: TEMPERATURES TO REACH DOUBLE FIGURES FOR MANY

    Temperatures in some parts of the UK will hit 12C as thge signs of the April cold snap melt away.

    The Met Office tweeted: "The #4cast is looking less cold on Thursday with temperatures reaching double figures for many.

    "It will however be rather cloudy with some #rain mainly across northern and western areas."

  • Joseph Gamp

    WEATHER OUTLOOK FOR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY ACROSS THE UK

    Cloud and rain will clear southern areas of Friday to leave a mostly dry and bright day with spells of sunshine but there is a chance of a few showers, according to Meteogroup.

    Saturday will be dry with sunny spells for most however there is a threat of wintry showers, the forecaster added.

    Cloud will linger across the south-east bringing rain.

  • Joseph Gamp

    EXPERTS PREDICT MERCURY WILL ‘CREEP BACK TO NORMAL’ NEXT WEEK

    Temperatures could “creep back to normal” next week in time for the return of pub gardens, according to the Met Office.

    A Met Office spokesperson told the Mirror that the cold snap this week could finish in time for Monday – when hospitality venues open outdoors.

    London could see highs of 10C, while Leeds, Newcastle and Bristol could see the mercury hit the same figure.

  • Joseph Gamp

    IN PICTURES: DAFFODILS IN BLOOM AT ALNWICK CASTLE, NORTHUMBERLAND

    Visitors to Alnwick Castle this afternoon enjoy a close up view of daffodils in bloomCredit: NNP
  • Joseph Gamp

    MET OFFICE: MILDER BUT CLOUDIER START TO THURSDAY MORNING

    Brits can look forward to milder temperatures tomorrow morning.

    But there will still be some "outbreaks of rain" in the north and west, according to the Met Office.

    The weather agency said: "A milder but cloudier start than of late on Thursday morning, with outbreaks of #rain in the north and west

  • Joseph Gamp

    THURSDAY MORNING TO SEE HIGHS OF 8C

    It comes after much of the UK woke up to temperatures below freezing today.

    Some parts recorded a biting -7C in the coldest April morning in England since 2013.

    It was also the coldest April morning across all four nations of the UK since 2018.

    Conditions are said to start warming up from now – in time for the phase of Boris Johnson’s road map put of lockdown on April 12.

  • Joseph Gamp

    TEMPERATURES TO START WARMING UP TOMORROW MORNING

    England experienced its coldest April morning in eight years today, with temperatures in somce places plummeting to -7C.

    But there’s some good news – Thursdaqy morning will see conditions gradually warming up as “milder air moves in from the west”, according to the Met Office.

    The weather agency tweeted: “It was a very #cold start this morning, with the UK having it’s coldest April night since 2018 and for #England since 2013.

    “Thursday morning however will feel very different for most of us, as some slightly milder air moves in from the west.”

  • Patrick Knox

    SALVAGE OF DUTCH SHIP ADRIFT OFF NORWAY POSTPONED

    Bad weather conditions have postponed efforts to salvage a Dutch cargo ship that's been drifting off the coast of Norway for two days after its crew was evacuated, Norwegian maritime officials today.

    Norwegian and Dutch salvage experts are now expected to try again Thursday.

    Life and health are always the first priority during an incident like this, and it must be safe to carry out the rescue, said Hans Petter Mortensholm, emergency director at the Norwegian Coastal Administration.

    Dutch cargo ship Eemslift Hendrika lists as its crew is evacuated in stormy weather off the coast of NorwayCredit: Reuters
  • Joseph Gamp

    WATCH: MET OFFICE 10 DAY WEATHER FORECAST WITH AIDAN MCGIVERN

  • Joseph Gamp

    THURSDAY MORNING TO SEE HIGHS OF 8C

    It comes after much of the UK woke up to temperatures below freezing today.

    Some parts recorded a biting -7C in the coldest April morning in England since 2013.

    It was also the coldest April morning across all four nations of the UK since 2018.

    Conditions are said to start warming up from now – in time for the phase of Boris Johnson’s road map put of lockdown on April 12.

  • Joseph Gamp

    IN PICTURES: ROUGH SEAS NEAR WHITLEY BAY, TYNE & WEAR

    Rough seas looking towards St Mary's Lighthouse in Whitley Bay, Tyne and WearCredit: PA
  • Joseph Gamp

    WEATHER OUTLOOK FOR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY ACROSS THE UK

    Cloud and rain will clear southern areas of Friday to leave a mostly dry and bright day with spells of sunshine but there is a chance of a few showers, according to Meteogroup.

    Saturday will be dry with sunny spells for most however there is a threat of wintry showers, the forecaster added.

    Cloud will linger across the south-east bringing rain.

  • Joseph Gamp

    EXPERTS PREDICT MERCURY WILL ‘CREEP BACK TO NORMAL’ NEXT WEEK

    Temperatures could “creep back to normal” next week in time for the return of pub gardens, according to the Met Office.

    A Met Office spokesperson told the Mirror that the cold snap this week could finish in time for Monday – when hospitality venues open outdoors.

    London could see highs of 10C, while Leeds, Newcastle and Bristol could see the mercury hit the same figure.

  • Joseph Gamp

    WATCH: MOMENT DOG GRABS JOURNALIST'S MICROPHONE DURING TV WEATHER REPORT AND RUNS OFF

    Moment dog grabs journalist’s microphone during TV weather report and runs off

  • Joseph Gamp

    THURSDAY MORNING TO SEE HIGHS OF 8C

    It comes after much of the UK woke up to temperatures below freezing today.

    Some parts recorded a biting -7C in the coldest April morning in England since 2013.

    It was also the coldest April morning across all four nations of the UK since 2018.

    Conditions are said to start warming up from now – in time for the phase of Boris Johnson's road map put of lockdown on April 12.

  • Joseph Gamp

    TEMPERATURES WILL WARM UP ON TOMORROW MORNING AFTER THE COLDEST APRIL START SINCE 2013

    England experienced its coldest April morning in eight years today, with temperatures in somce places plummeting to -7C.

    But there's some good news – Thursdaqy morning will see conditions gradually warming up as "milder air moves in from the west", according to the Met Office.

    The weather agency tweeted: "It was a very #cold start this morning, with the UK having it's coldest April night since 2018 and for #England since 2013.

    "Thursday morning however will feel very different for most of us, as some slightly milder air moves in from the west."

  • Joseph Gamp

    …AND TEMPERATURES WILL BE SLIGHTLY ABOVE AVERAGE

    The Met Office spokesperson added: “The West and North West have the greatest chance of seeing any spells of more prolonged rain and stronger winds.

    “Temperatures likely still below average at first, slowly recovering back to closer to average.”

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