Exact date mercury will plunge to -3C just days after hottest day of the year

PARTS of the UK could plunge to sub-zero temperatures as early as next week just days after Brits were blessed with the hottest day of the year so far.

A Met Office forecaster has warned temperatures could plummet to as low as -3C from Monday following the balmy weather of Good Friday.

The Easter weekend mini heatwave will be short lived as temperatures are expected to drop next weekCredit: Rex

The cold dawn sky over the ruins of the 12th century twin towers of Reculver church this morning

The cold dawn sky over the ruins of the 12th century twin towers of Reculver church this morning

Londoners can expects temperatures to drop to as low as 4C, while those in Scotland, parts of Belfast and across parts of northern England may see experience freezing conditions.

Met Office forecaster Tom Morgan told the Express that “some rural spots” could even see lows of -3C in overnight frosts during the first part of the week.

The cold weather also prompted him to issue a warning to green-fingered Brits, adding: “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.”

Good Friday (April 15) was the hottest day of the year so far as a scorching 23.4C was recorded in St James’s Park, London.

However, the Easter weekend hot weather was short lived as some forecasters are even hinting at a return of snow.

British Weather Services meteorologist Jim Dale agreed that next week will be a chilly one, and claimed that some Brits may even be in for a late smattering of the white stuff.

He said: “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.”

Advanced weather modelling maps show that the UK could be in for some shock flurries of snow at the start of next month.

The first band of snow will sweep in across the north of Scotland late on Friday April 29, before moving down the north-east coast of England on Saturday, April 30.

May then begins with widespread snow across the United Kingdom, with flakes falling in the south of England and Wales on Sunday and Monday, May 1-2.

Snow will hit Scotland in the early hours of May 1, starting in Inverness, Aberdeen and Edinburgh before slowly moving southward throughout the day.

Newcastle, Manchester and Birmingham could follow with millions of Brits in northern and central England set to see some of the white stuff.

Unfortunately, the potential dumping is too far away for the forecaster to predict exactly how many inches we can expect to settle on the ground.

There is also a small chance of snow on high ground in the far north this week.

As for today (April 20), the picture looks rather pleasant.

In the Met Office’s latest video forecast meteorologist Clare Nasir said: “It’s a fine day, a relatively warm day with some sunshine.

“However, throughout the afternoon cloud will be across the western side of the country, and we could see some isolated showers but they could turn heavy in places.

“Elsewhere it’s dry, it’s fine. Highest temperatures [will be] towards the West, sheltered from this easterly wind which will pick up a little strength across East Anglia.”

The Met Office say that South Wales and southern-central England will see the best of the weather with 19C forecast for this afternoon.

Beachgoers made the most of the sun in Bournemouth on Good Friday

Beachgoers made the most of the sun in Bournemouth on Good FridayCredit: Reuters

People enjoying the warm sunshine on a canal boat over the Easter weekend

People enjoying the warm sunshine on a canal boat over the Easter weekendCredit: ANDREW LLOYD

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